Turmeric : strategies for the natural treatment of cancer

Turmeric : strategies for the natural treatment of cancer

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Start Eating Turmeric Every Day, The Result Will Surprise You

This article is intended to provide you with new knowledge, there is no medical advice, the opinion of your doctor is always to be preferred for everything that is diagnosis, treatment, prevention of disease, a new diet, a sports activity fitness as well as any prescription of drugs.

Turmeric : strategie for the natural treatement of cancer

by Dr. Mariangel Leota

Since the origin of man, nature has always been a part of his life and not only with respect to the environment that surrounds him, but also to the sources of food and treatments for his suffering; Yes, all this was obtained in the past of nature and today are still valid practices.

In view of the benefits found in nature specifically in plants and their fruits emerged sciences such as botany, this is a branch of biology that is responsible for the study of plants, fungi, algae and cyanobacteria in all its aspects. All existing information about each of the plants you know is thanks to botany, this information has been of great interest to other sciences such as medicine and pharmacology, just to mention a few since many plants are directly linked to the processes of health and disease in man.

Nowadays, the search for options and new possibilities for the design of new pharmacological therapies and, of course, new alternatives that help to prolong life and an optimal state of health, is becoming more frequent.

It is because of that impetuous need that more and more studies of the effects and properties of various medicinal plants have emerged and others that were not thought to have greater health benefits, now what is a medicinal plant? They are plants whose parts or in their totality can be used in the treatment of diseases in humans or animals, this is thanks to the active principles of the chemical substances present in them.

All this helped the pharmaceutical laboratories to synthesize these active ingredients and obtain the medicines that we know today and so that in times past, these plants will alleviate some diseases when it was prepared in tea forms or infusions among many other ways.

All this leads me to introduce you to our plant protagonist and that has been the subject of many investigations, she is the Turmeric, it is very likely that at this moment it sounds familiar to have heard it in a cooking program or have seen it in the spice section and condiments of the supermarket, yes, yes since it also has many uses in the area of gastronomy. 

What is turmeric?

It is a herbaceous perennial plant, meaning that they are plants that live for 2 or more years and can reach up to one meter in height with rhizomes (they are a series of stems of underground and horizontal growth) very branched and that have an odor and yellow color characteristic This plant has flowers that are hermaphrodites, it is distributed in warm areas and Southeast Asia, so that it can grow and reproduce temperatures must be found after 20 ° C and 30 ° C in addition to an acceptable rainfall.

The history of Turmeric is very old and dates back to India between 320 BC and 610 BC. At that time it was used in the textile industry as a textile dye such as wool, but it was also used to create body dyes for Hindu adorn itself at the time of its ceremonies and special celebrations. However, as I mentioned earlier, it has uses in traditional Hindu gastronomy, the famous curry to be more precise, it is also the origin of the color of the American type mustard. The Turmeric can be used directly extracted from the plant or in its commercial way more popular than turmeric powder.

Benefits of turmeric 

Turmeric is considered a superfood due to all the benefits it brings to the body and this makes it act in various organs, also has antitumor actions, has many benefits but among them include:

At the level of the gastrointestinal system:

Improves digestion: It is known as a digestive plant which alleviates dyspepsia or indigestion and abdominal distention preventing the formation of gas and flatulence. 

Natural treatment of gastric ulcers and gastritis inflammatory processes: It has been indicated as an adjunct in the treatment of gastric ulcers because due to its high levels of vitamins helps restore the gastric epithelium in less time. It has anti-inflammatory properties and is well absorbed at the intestinal level which is used as a support in the treatment of inflammatory diseases such as gastritis, gastroenteritis, pancreatitis and irritable bowel.

Useful in weight loss:

Perhaps this is one of the most popular uses of turmeric, it helps to metabolize and mobilize fats more easily, it can also limit the spread of fat tissue.

In the liver for its lipophilic action favors the metabolism of fats because it helps increase bile secretion this in turn facilitates hepatic decongestion favoring the restoration of liver cells (hepatocytes) which is indicated in the treatment of pathologies hepatobiliary, mild hepatitis and in famous cholecystitis or gallstones which are responsible for painful biliary colic.

At the cardiovascular level

It has a moderate hypolipidemic effect which means that it can help reduce levels of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides in the circulation. This is vital for the prevention of atheroma plaques which are one of the main causes of ischemic accidents.

It acts as a platelet antiaggregant if consumed regularly, thanks to its antioxidant properties, thus helping to prevent cardiovascular events such as emboli, heart attacks and arteriosclerosis.

At osteoarticular level

Due to its anti-inflammatory actions it is a good option in the management of inflammatory pathologies of the joints such as arthritis and osteoarthritis which usually generate enough pain and functional disability for those who suffer from it.

Its anti-inflammatory effect is given by its ability to reduce histamine levels which mediates inflammatory processes in conjunction with prostaglandins, curcumin is able to reduce its levels and at the same time stimulates the action of the enzymes glutathione peroxidase and glutathione transferase, they regulate the inflammatory response, such is the anti-inflammatory effect of Turmeric that has been comparable with anti-inflammatory drugs such as Ibuprofen. 

Antitumor action

Several clinical studies have shown that turmeric has the ability to reduce the appearance of cancer cells in the skin, mouth and intestines. It has been used in conjunction with chemotherapy as a complementary treatment to enhance the anti-tumor effects of it.

Ways of employment and dose of turmeric 

Internationally it can be found in powders for infusions, capsules, tablets, extracts, essential oils and topical pastes, these various presentations must be administered as follows:

Adults (over 18 years old)

  • Capsules or tablets: 3g daily, divided into 3 doses, preferably before meals.
  • Infusions: Pour 1-1.5 grams of dried roots or turmeric powder into 5 fl. Oz. of hot water for 15 minutes, take 2 times a day
  • Parts or creams: apply according to medical order. In treatments for scabies, for example, it is usually applied for 15 days in the affected areas.

Children (under 18)

Its applications in children require medical supervision since the doses and duration of the treatment depend to a great extent on the weight and height of the child, as well as on his health status.

It is amazing how many benefits the turmeric has, but how does it do it? Well, added to the vitamins and antioxidants that it has, the turmeric has a very special substance called turmeric acid or curcumin, this is a natural polyphenol, which has variable pharmacokinetic properties with a good absorption and tolerance, this chemical is the main responsible of the therapeutic properties of turmeric besides being the one that gives it the intense yellow tone, is cataloged as a natural dye by the European Union and marketed as a food additive.

How can you include turmeric in your day to day?

Because you can find it in several presentations I will give you some ideas to include it in the most natural way possible, remember to incorporate it little by little so that your body adapts and in the same way you can see if you tolerate it or not, it is Uncommon that you do not feel well however everybody is a world so try step by step.

Turmeric latte 

14 fl. Oz soy milk

1 spoonful of turmeric powder

Honey to your liking

Nutmeg to taste

Cinnamon to taste

Put the milk in a pot and heat it without letting it boil, then remove the pan from the heat.

Pour the honey, nutmeg and cinnamon and beat thoroughly with a balloon whisk, if you want to obtain a super creamy drink I recommend you beat the mixture with an electric whisk.

Once you have beaten it will be ready to serve, you can splash a little cinnamon at the time of serving, take the warm, is a great and creative alternative for rainy days or cold seasons or just to vary your usual infusions.

Other options: 

  • Add a teaspoon of turmeric to your usual rice during the cooking time, it will give you a beautiful color and a special flavor, you can add chopped vegetables such as carrots and peas, and so you will get a variation of the typical rice dish for a rice with turmeric and vegetables.
  • When you make your stews and stir-fries you can add a little Turmeric powder because it combines very well with meats like chicken, enhancing its flavor and providing a special smell and flavor.

Incorporating Turmeric into your life is not a difficult task. These have only been a very small sample, there are many shapes and combinations in which you can include them.

The consumption of turmeric for therapeutic purposes should be done with mode ration, its use as a condiment in the culinary area does not represent a greater danger, but in doses exceeding the recommended amounts may arise adverse effects such as irritation or increased gastric acidity, in the case of its use anti thrombotics must be done under medical supervision because it can interact with other antiplatelet agents such as aspirin.

As long as you consume it in the established amounts, it will provide you with all its benefits.

The anti tumour potential of turmeric has been demonstrated in numerous studies, only its use as a preventive measure has shown promising results, while its use in cancer patients has been shown to be effective in reducing certain side effects and in other cases it has helped as a complementary treatment to reduce the speed of cancer growth.

As always it is necessary to remember that before making changes that may affect your treatment you should consult your doctor and so he will indicate the best way to incorporate it into your life.

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