Curcumin Could Slow Prostate Cancer
Curcumin is the active ingredient of turmeric, which is thought to be responsible for many of its medicinal properties. Curcumin has been shown to be a potent ant-inflammatory agent, as it blocks the action of enzymes in the body that cause inflammation. A recent study has found that this herb can slow the growth of certain cancers.
The research team was led by Dr. Beatrice Bachmeier at LMU Munich. Previous research, conducted on animals, found that curcumin significantly reduced the formation of lung metastases in advanced breast cancer.
This study was conducted to investigate the efficacy and mode of action of curcumin on prostate and breast cancer metastases. The investigation found that the tumor cells were found to produce pro-inflammatory immunomodulators including the cytokines CXCL1 und CXCL2.
Curcumin, which has anti-inflammatory properties, was found to specifically decrease the action of the cytokines CXCL1 und CXCL2, and in turn reduced the incidence of metastases. Dr Bachmeier said, “Due to the action of curcumin, the tumor cells synthesize smaller amounts of cytokines that promote metastasis”.
Dr Bachmeier continued, “This does not mean that the compound should be seen as a replacement for conventional therapies. However, it could play a positive role in primary prevention – before a full-blown tumor arises – or help to avert formation of metastases. In this context the fact that the substance is well tolerated is very important, because one can safely recommend it to individuals who have an increased tumour risk.”
Turmeric is the main ingredient in curries and is responsible for distinct yellow colour. This herb has been used for over 5000 years in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. This herb may also be a valuable supplement in the treatment of certain cancers.
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