If you are a breast cancer patient/survivor, chances are you have heard about the spice, Tumeric, and that it is good as a weapon against breast cancer. I’ve certainly read about it, but other than once in a while try to add it to my food, I have not done much about it.
That is until now!
Bharat B. Aggarwal, PhD is with M. D. Anderson in Houston, the #1 Cancer Hospital in the USA. He is a professor of cancer research, biochemistry, immunology and experimental therapeutics. His book is “Healing Spices – How to Use Everyday and Exotic Spices to Boost Health and Beat Disease.”
In the book, Dr. Aggarwal talks about Turmeric which has the active ingredient of “curcumin” which is the powerhouse. What really got my attention is that Dr. Aggarwal and other researchers at M. D. Anderson found Curcumin as effective at “thwarting breast cancer cells as Tamoxifen, a drug widely used to stop the spread or recurrence of breast cancer.” WOW!
To be honest, I am not crazy about the taste of Turmeric, so I probably will be taking it in supplement form. Dr. Aggarwal says if you take it in supplement form, be sure to take a supplement that contains both Turmeric/Curcumin and Pepperine (or black pepper).
Black pepper helps the absorption as does olive oil and yogurt. So if cooking with it, add black pepper and olive oil and/or yogurt! He recommends taking 500 mg a day for general health, but it is safe and has no side effects according to his research. So I will probably take 1000 mg per day of Organic Turmeric/Curcumin with Black Pepper. There are several brands for sale on Amazon. Since I do not have any experience with it as yet, I cannot make a brand recommendation.
His book is quite fascinating, and I found it very interesting reading about many spices and various diseases. It is quite encouraging to know that the top cancer hospital in the country is doing spice research! Plus, there are quite a few ongoing clinical trials about Turmeric and cancer!
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