Monday, November 14, 2011

Turmeric for Breast Cancer Prevention?

Q: Turmeric for Breast Cancer Prevention? Is it true that turmeric can prevent breast cancer? What can you tell me about this?

A: Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is the yellow spice most familiar in Indian curries and found in American prepared mustard. People whose diets are rich in turmeric have lower rates of breast cancer as well as prostate, lung and colon cancers, and recent research at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston suggests that curcumin, an active component in turmeric, may help prevent the spread of breast cancer. In studies of mice, researchers found that curcumin helped stop the metastasis of breast cancer cells to the lung. Human studies following up on this finding are now in progress. Read more...

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