TURMERIC
The Golden Orange Spice of Life

TURMERIC HAS BEEN USED FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS AND IS ONE OF THE MOST BENEFICIAL SPICES KNOWN

Navneet Sharda MD lectures on cancer topics

Dr. Navneet Sharda

Dr. Navneet Sharda  provides this information as an educational source. It is not intended as a substitute for a consultation with a qualified healthcare provider.

 

Turmeric is in the same family as Ginger, and just like Ginger it grows as a root.  It has a brilliant yellow orange color and is the ingredient that gives mustard its characteristic color.  Turmeric is one of the most prized spices in the world, originally coming to Europe via the Arabian spice traders in the 12 and 13th century.  The health benefits of turmeric are well known.  “Haldi” (the Indian word for Turmeric) is present in most of the health promoting medications in Ayurvedic therapy.  Haldi is also routinely used as one of the base components of curry, which is used throughout the Asian world to season and add flavor to foods.  Thus, literally billions of humans have been taking turmeric in one form or another for thousands of years.  It appears to be quite non toxic in moderate amounts.

There are hundreds of health benefits from the ingestion of turmeric, and tens of thousands of scientific studies demonstrating the variety of positive benefits from regular use of turmeric.  These benefits include anti oxidant, anti alzheimers, anti arthritis, anti inflammatory and anti cancer.  This discussion will focus on the use of turmeric in the integrative oncology setting.  Thus, we only discuss the use of turmeric as it relates to our cancer patients.  There are many other uses which can be discussed in other lectures and articles.

Turmeric Current Science:

 

  1.  Turmeric suppresses NF k-B, thus limiting multiple inflammatory pathways that otherwise would cause cancer cachexia and wasting.  Thus, using a small daily dose of turmeric promotes overall wellness despite having an active cancer.  A person with a current diagnosis of cancer and possibly undergoing chemotherapy, radiation therapy or other active therapy can take turmeric and improve their tolerance to therapy.

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