Turmeric Health Benefits for Prostate Cancer

Turmeric Health Benefits for Prostate Cancer

Turmeric for prostate cancerTurmeric prostate benefits come from turmeric’s active ingredient, curcumin. Turmeric is a spice in the ginger family that is common in Indian food. In fact the curcumin from turmeric is what gives curry its unique flavor. Turmeric contains other phytochemicals besides curcumin, but curcumin is especially known for its anti-inflammatory and strong antioxidant properties.

Studies on Turmeric and Prostate Cancer

Many studies have found turmeric helpful in fighting prostate cancer. Chinese and Indian medicine practitioners have long used turmeric to treat colds, asthma, and other inflammatory conditions. While they traditionally have used turmeric specifically, rather than curcumin, some recent studies have focused specifically on how curcumin can fight prostate cancer.

Scientists at Rutgers noticed that India has very low prostate cancer rates compared to the United States. The researchers hypothesized that diet was part of the reason Indian men have such a low rate of prostate cancer. The Indian diet contains a lot of plant-based foods and phytochemicals (such as turmeric). The researchers injected turmeric and a phytonutrient from cruciferous vegetables (phenethyl isothiocyanate) into prostate cancer cells. The phytonutrient and turmeric combination significantly reduced the well-established tumors.

A 2010 study on the benefits of different botanicals for treating prostate cancer studied turmeric prostate benefits. Researchers found that turmeric can inhibit the growth of prostate cancer cell lines from both animals and people.

Men with hormone therapy resistant prostate cancer may especially benefit from taking curcumin. A Thomas Jefferson University study showed that curcumin boosted the results of hormone therapy for men and also inhibited prostate cell survival. In another experiment they used mice with hormone therapy resistant prostate cancer. Researchers gave one group of mice curcumin and the other group a placebo. The mice in the curcumin group experienced significant reductions in both their tumor growth and size.

The reason many men use turmeric/curcumin and other supplements for prostate cancer is that these plant-based supplements boost your immune system and do not introduce toxins into your body. Many men are interested in phytochemicals from foods and plants because these therapies are natural and support the body’s healing, helping the body fight tumors without negative side effects common to other treatments.

Other Uses for Turmeric and Curcumin

Besides prostate cancer, turmeric prostate benefitsextend to treating prostatitis. Other turmeric health benefits outside the prostate include treating other kinds of cancer (such as oral, skin, and colon cancer) and peptic ulcers. This spice may protect against neurogenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Curcumin may be beneficial for liver function and help prevent gall bladder disease. Besides all these other health benefits, curcumin can also help with heart health.

How to Take Turmeric

To get turmeric prostate benefits, you can take 400 to 600 mg of standardized powder of curcumin. The molecular structure of curcumin makes it hard to for our bodies to absorb it. Modifying curcumin makes it easier to absorb, or more bioavailable. One of these modifications is Meriva Curcumin Phytosome. Meriva also has a unique time–release formula that keeps blood levels more consistent. Prost-P10x also contains other phytonutrients that work nicely with curcumin to support prostate health.

Turmeric and curcumin are generally considered safe at recommended doses. If you take curcumin for a long of time or take a higher dose, be aware that it could cause stomach upset or ulcers. Curcumin can lower blood sugar levels, so talk with your doctor before taking it if you have diabetes.

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References for Turmeric Prostate Benefits:

Chandran B, Goel A. A randomized, pilot study to assess the efficacy and safety of curcumin in patients with active rheumatoid arthritis. Phythother Res 2012 Mar 9; doi:10.1002/ptr.4639

Dorai T et al. Therapeutic potential of curcumin in human prostate cancer. Prostate Cancer Prostatic Dis 2000 Aug; 3(2): 84-93

Slusarz A et al. Common botanical compounds inhibit the hedgehog signaling pathway in prostate cancer. Cancer Res 2010 Apr 15; 70(8): 3382-90

Surh YJ, Chun KS. Cancer chemopreventive effects of curcumin. Adv Exp Med Biol2007; 595:149-72. turmeric prostate benefits

 

 

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