Curcumin and cancer


Curcumin (from turmeric) is the stuff that makes your curry very yellow, but contrary to what many people think, it doesn’t make it hot. Turmeric is an essential ingredient in many curries, and it is becoming more and more an essential ingredient for health.

Curcumin is a highly effective anti-inflammatory. So plays a role in counteracting the inflammation present in many illnesses. Many medical terms end in:


This means inflammation, and if you have inflammation, then curcumin could well be helpful. So it’s likely to be beneficial for colitis, dermatitis, gingivitis, arthritis, sinusitis, etc.

I’ve always struggled with the health of my gums in spite of being otherwise very healthy. Three years ago I started taking  a plant-based mineral supplement and that made a difference. Then a year ago I added Simply Naturals Curcumin. Within two weeks my gum health had improved massively. From time to time I get lax about taking the curcumin. Then my gums get puffy and sore. Food gets trapped, and I spend time trying to poke it out without anyone noticing. When this happens, I remind myself that there’s a simple solution – take curcumin regularly. On a recent visit to my hygienist she said how pleased she was with all the progress I’d made.

So, curcumin may be helpful for a whole range of illnesses that involve inflammation. Now some research is showing that cancer is probably linked to inflammation.

“Recent data have expanded the concept that inflammation is a critical component of tumour progression. Many cancers arise from sites of infection, chronic irritation and inflammation. It is now becoming clear that the tumour microenvironment, which is largely orchestrated by inflammatory cells, is an indispensable participant in the neoplastic process, fostering proliferation, survival and migration. In addition, tumour cells have co-opted some of the signalling molecules of the innate immune system, such as selectins, chemokines and their receptors for invasion, migration and metastasis.” Read more>>

A later study has looked at the role of curcumin in tumour suppression:

“Through x-ray crystallography and kinase-inhibitor specificity profiling, researchers reveal that curcumin, a natural occurring chemical compound found in the spice turmeric, binds to the kinase enzyme dual-specificity tyrosine-regulated kinase 2 (DYRK2) at the atomic level. This previously unreported biochemical interaction of curcumin leads to inhibition of DYRK2 that impairs cell proliferation and reduces cancer burden.”  Read more>>

No one is saying that curcumin will cure cancer, but taking Curcumin may help reduce inflammatory processes, so make cancer less likely to appear. It may also reduce the spread of cancer. It is clearly not enough to use on its own, but it is something that should be actively considered for everyone.

I particularly recommend Simply Naturals Curcumin, as it is in a liquid form (but inside a capsule), so the body gets maximum absorption.  I tried using turmeric root, but ended up with lots of things in the kitchen bright yellow from stains from the turmeric, and not a lot of curcumin inside me! Tablets are much less effective than liquid curcumin.  Simply Naturals Curcumin  is the one I whole-heartedly recommend to you, if you’re concerned about your health and well-being.

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(c) Jane Thurnell-Read 2018