The Spice Turmeric and the Prevention of Breast Cancer and Recurrence

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).

Turmeric and Black Pepper

Turmeric and 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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2 thoughts on “The Spice Turmeric and the Prevention of Breast Cancer and Recurrence

  1. Denise,
    I am not a cancer survivor or current patient, but have been friends with you for a few years now and had my own cancer scare last summer, as you know…! I am so thrilled by this post of yours that I wanted to comment! Turmeric is a wonderful spice that is very frequently used in Indian cooking, along with yogurt! Many Indian spices have health benefits! I encourage your readers to look into the wonderful Indian foods that there are to enjoy and the health benefits that one can gain from them! We have had a few Indian priests here locally and they are always cooking up a storm and all are great cooks, I might add! They take their food seriously in India and they all seem to learn to cook, male and female alike! They are usually all fit and healthy, too!

    I am wondering if you had come across just how much turmeric one needs in the diet if one is not supplementing? Do they advice just how much to eat to gain this anti-cancer benefit????

    I have heard about turmeric being an anti-cancer spice, so this is really wonderful that research at top universities/hospitals are being conducted!

    Thank you for this post for ALL of us and those we care about and love!

  2. Search this blog margaret.healthblogs.org – on the right side of her blog, and under the heading “Article”, there are tons of information and her personal experience in using various form of Curcumin.

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