• Anti-inflammatory powers as effective as Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (such as Ibuprofen) and useful in treating rheumatoid arthritis (reducing morning stiffness and joint swelling)
  • Anti-oxidant protection of cells from free-radicals that can damage DNA and lead to cancer (especially in the cells of the lining of the colon)
  • Anti-cancer
    • Helps body to destroy mutated cancer cells and prevent them spreading in the body
    • Inhibits tumor growth by inhibiting epidermal growth factor sites, inhibiting angiogenesis, inhibiting nuclear factor kappa beta and inhibiting tumor growth promoting enzymes
    • Fights tumors arising from prostate, breast, skin, colon stomach and liver cancers through inhibiting formation of cancer causing nitrosamines and preventing overproduction of COX-2, an enzyme associated with tumor development
    • Enhances production of cancer fighting compounds such as glutathione and promotes liver detoxification of cancer causing compounds
  • Heart disease – helps lower cholesterol and prevent cholesterol oxidation (which damages blood vessels and leads to build up of plaques that lead to heart attacks and strokes)
  • Brain protective – against Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases and multiple sclerosis
  • Anti-oxidant activity up to 300x stronger than Vitamin E
  • Curcumin not absorbed well and needs help for absorption from:
  • Bromelain in pineapple
  • Peperine in black pepper
  • Turmeric may may cause stomach upset if used for long periods
  • Turmeric risks include internal bleeding, gastrointestinal intolerance and impaired fertility
  • Curcumin protects gene p53 that identifies and eliminates weakened heart cells – which can lead to excess p53 activity and worsening of congestive heart disease

Adapted from:

Murray, M. (2005). Encyclopedia of Healing Food. New York, N.Y.: Atria Books

Balch, P.A. (2002). Prescription for herbal healing. New York, NY: Avery books

Rakel, D. (2007). Integrative Medicine. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders

Prasad, S., Tyagi, A. K., & Aggarwal, B. B. (2014). Recent Developments in Delivery, Bioavailability, Absorption and Metabolism of Curcumin: the Golden Pigment from Golden Spice. Cancer Research and Treatment : Official Journal of Korean Cancer Association46(1), 2–18. doi:10.4143/crt.2014.46.1.2

Chattopadhyay, Ishita ; Biswas, Kaushik ; Bandyopadhyay, Uday ; Banerjee, Ranajit K (2004) Turmeric and curcumin: biological actions and medicinal applications Current science, 87 (1). pp. 44-53. ISSN 0011-3891

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