FOODS THAT FIGHT CANCER :: Turmeric

This is simply one of my most favorite cancer fighting super-foods. Turmeric is popular spice that is found in curries, etc. It contains enormous anti-inflammatory properties that can act as a natural ‘fire extinguisher’ to quench inflammation. Inflammation provides cancer cells an advantage to grow, thus anything we can do to reduce it will help reduce our risk of not only cancer, but most chronic disease facing developed nations today. The principal molecule in turmeric with beneficial effects is curcumin. Curcumin acts against transcription factors, which are like a master switch for our genes. Transcription factors regulate all the genes needed for tumors to form. When we turn them off, we shut down some genes that are involved in the growth and invasion of cancer cells. Cancer is fueled by inflammatory foods, thus to starve cancer cells we literally need to take away the fuel sources that feed inflammation while also increasing anti-inflammatory foods to combat from both sides. In addition, multiple studies demonstrated that patients who took turmeric during chemotherapy treatments showed increased improvements than receiving chemotherapy alone.

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