For the first time ever, the medical establishment has documented a case of successful recovery from cancer using curcumin. This powerful substance is present in the spice turmeric and has shown to have strong anti-cancer properties.
`Woman Beats Cancer Using Curcumin
Dieneke Fergueson is an English woman who started her battle with blood cancer, called myeloma, in 2007. She had undergone many grueling treatments including three rounds of chemotherapy. When conventional treatments proved unsuccessful, Ferguson decided to start supplementing with curcumin.
Ferguson’s approach to treating her cancer was to take 8g of Dr. Best C3 Curcumin with Bioperine per day. This simple approach accomplished what conventional treatments couldn’t. Ferguson was able to successfully halt the disease and now enjoys a normal life. DailyMail reports:
Her doctors, from Barts Health NHS Trust in London, wrote in the British Medical Journal Case Reports: ‘To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report in which curcumin has demonstrated an objective response in progressive disease in the absence of conventional treatment.’
The experts, led by Dr Abbas Zaidi, said some myeloma patients took dietary supplements alongside conventional treatment but ‘few, if any, use dietary supplementation as an alternative to standard antimyeloma therapy’.
But they added: ‘In the absence of further antimyeloma treatment the patient plateaued and has remained stable for the past five years with good quality of life.’
Turmeric vs. Curcumin
Researchers have shown that curcumin has strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It is an effective painkiller and reduces the risk of many illnesses. The doctors in charge of Ferguson’s case wrote that “biological activity of curcumin is indeed remarkable.” They added that it has “anti-proliferative effects in a wide variety of tumor cells.”
Unfortunately, eating turmeric isn’t likely to have the same effects as consuming curcumin in concentrated form. First, turmeric root itself only contains only about 2-3 percent curcumin. Secondly, when ingesting curcumin, you may be absorbing only a small percentage of this powerful compound.
Regardless of these limitations, there are ways to ensure higher absorption of curcumin. Dr. William LaValley of the Integrative and Complementary Medicine Section of Doctors states:
The natural product industry has developed a standard of a 95-percent concentration of curcumin. Initially, years ago, that was what we had available for patients. Even at that, taking a 95-percent concentration orally in a capsule, only one percent of that could be absorbed. In order to get amounts of curcumin in the bloodstream that are reasonable to have therapeutic effect, people had to take large amounts of curcumin…
In searching the literature, I found that a way to change that, to dramatically increase the bioavailability, is actually a very simple process of bringing water to a boil, putting those capsules or some dry powder (I use it by the teaspoon), and boiling it for 10 to 12 minutes. That increases the amount of curcumin dissolved in water from that one-percent amount up to 12 percent or so. That amount is a vast number of curcumin molecules that are now in a bioavailable or absorbable form. (source)
According to Ferguson, there are other ways to increase absorption. First, she recommends buying supplements formulated with bioperine, a substance found in pepper. As well, Ferguson takes her curcumin supplements on an empty stomach before bedtime.
If you would like to learn more about Ferguson’s curcumin treatment, read her personal message here.
The Health Benefits of Turmeric
It’s important to remember that adding turmeric to your diet still has some amazing health effects. Delicious raw in smoothies or salad dressings, or as the savory orange spice behind the splendor of curry dishes, turmeric is proving again and again to be one of the most beneficial and versatile natural health supplements one can take.
In recent years there has been a growing body of scientific evidence indicating that turmeric has incredible medicinal value. Here are nine amazing health benefits of turmeric:
- Turmeric can be of significant benefit in the treatment and prevention of Diabetes.
- Turmeric is a detoxifying food and can help the body remove from poisons, heavy metals and illness.
- Turmeric extract is an effective alternative to some anti-depressants.
- Turmeric can protect and regenerate the liver.
- Turmeric can relieve arthritis pain, and stop inflammation.
- Turmeric supports a healthy brain and heart.
- Turmeric boosts the immune system and can replace certain vaccines.
- Turmeric can help in weight loss.
- Turmeric can elevate the spirit
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Anna Hunt is writer, yoga instructor, mother of three, and lover of healthy food. She’s the founder of Awareness Junkie, an online community paving the way for better health and personal transformation. She’s also the co-editor at Waking Times, where she writes about optimal health and wellness. Anna spent 6 years in Costa Rica as a teacher of Hatha and therapeutic yoga. She now teaches at Asheville Yoga Center and is pursuing her Yoga Therapy certification. During her free time, you’ll find her on the mat or in the kitchen, creating new kid-friendly superfood recipes.
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