There is probably no traditional Asian herb that is studied more in modern western medicine laboratories than curcumin, the active ingredient of the spice turmeric.
Curcumin keeps coming on strong as an actual disease preventative and curative for many ailments. Sometimes it works well by itself and sometimes as an adjunct with other herbs or vitamins. Curcumin is the active ingredient of the Indian spice turmeric, which is essential to curry sauces.
The second leading cause of cancer-related death in America, colon cancer, is projected to take over 50,000 lives in 2013, just in the US. The steep death toll can be prevented, however, because the causes of colon cancer are preventable and are no coincidence. Cancer of the colon is based on risk factors acquired through lifestyle decisions.
Curcumin has many benefits for men’s health, particularly in helping men with the very painful condition of prostatitis and inhibiting tumor growth in prostate cancer. Curcumin is one of the potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory active ingredients in turmeric, a spice that is part of the ginger family. Even though people may use the names “turmeric” and “curcumin” interchangeably, these are not exactly the same thing. Turmeric has curcumin and other phytochemicals in it. Curcumin is what gives turmeric its peppery, bitter taste and it is what gives curry its flavorful kick. You’ll see why turmeric and curcumin are on the lists for the best foods for prostate health.
Promising new research has demonstrated once again that the ingredient curcumin, which is the principal curcuminoid of the widely used Indian spice turmeric, a member of the ginger family, is a major cancer fighter, this time proving effective against esophageal cancer.
Writing in the March 6, 2012 issue of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, researchers at the University of California and the Scripps Institute elucidate mechanisms for vitamin D and a synthetic form of curcumin in clearing the brain of amyloid beta, a toxic protein that forms the plaques that are believed to be a major cause of the neurodegeneration that occurs in Alzheimer's disease.
Curcumin, the active anti-inflammatory compound found in the Indian spice tumeric, has gained an impressive reputation in the fight against many deadly forms of cancer.