It’s an anti-cancer therapy I take almost daily. That is, I incorporate curcumin in my fresh juices and meals whenever possible. I will also take a supplement when I find I can’t fit fresh curcumin into my schedule. I’m not going to lie, like many of the other things that I consume that I really don’t like, but are part of my fight, I don’t care for this spice at all. However, it is THE single most potent anti-cancer food available, and everyone should incorporate it into their daily diet in some form. “Curcumin” is the actual cancer-fighting component of the spice known as “turmeric”. It is what is responsible for giving turmeric the bright yellow-orange colour.
Curcumin has been shown to stop or slow down cancer growth by cutting off cancer’s blood supply, inducing a tumour suppressing gene, stopping metastasis and preventing regrowth of cancer stem-cells. It truly is one of nature’s miracles.
Like many foods, curcumin is not readily absorbed into your system. In order for it to be more bioavailable, it’s important that you consume it with a fat. Please ensure that it is a good, healthy fat; olive oil, coconut oil, fish oil, etc. In fact, all plant-based foods are better absorbed into your system when accompanied by a healthy fat. Fat (good fat) is your friend. Do you want to kick up curcumin’s anti-cancer effectiveness by 2000% (and I’m sure you do)? Add some fresh ground black pepper! Unmatched therapeutic value.
You can include turmeric/curcumin in your diet in many ways by adding it to your favourite dishes; soups, eggs, salads, fish, etc. Sprinkle turmeric on an avocado! I like to buy the whole turmeric root and juice it with my fresh vegetable juices. I do add a bit of flax seed oil and pepper to my juice in order to increase its bioavailability.
Turmeric is beneficial for so much more than cancer. It is anti-inflammatory. It has been shown to be effective against alzheimer’s, arthritis and help to regular blood sugar, speed wound healing, etc. Although I haven’t tried it myself, it’s said that it helps to naturally whiten teeth when you brush with it and coconut oil and baking soda. It seems counter-intuitive, given that turmeric is quite staining. Keep that in mind when preparing it. Perhaps I’ll update this blog when I’ve actually put my mind to putting turmeric on my toothbrush. Right now, I’ll settle for my age-appropriate “ecru” colour, thank you.
Addendum: Since writing this blog post, I’ve had blood results come in. I have had low iron for years, but my recent bloodwork showed my iron levels severely dropped (anemic?), plus a few of my other blood levels. I’m thinking vegan doesn’t work for me. So I’m researching on how to raise them all back up. But here’s what I learned just moments ago as regards curcumin and low iron. Turmeric has iron in it, and it’s an antioxidant, which makes it fine for those with low iron to consume in its whole form (i.e. all other phytonutrients to assist with proper assimilation). HOWEVER, if you have low iron, because turmeric/curcumin is a chelator, it is advised not to take curcumin supplements. Whole turmeric is good as it has iron and is consumed with all the proper nutrients for safe assimilation if you have low iron. Curcumin, on the other hand, is a chelator and should not be taken in its concentrated supplement form if you have low iron. Make sense? I’m still trying to sort it out. My brain is a little foggy after all, given my low iron and other low blood counts. I’ll let you know how that all goes when I change my diet to start consuming some liver and beef, and I’ll get my blood checked again in a couple of months. On the upside, my tumour markers are stable and within the normal range! Yeah!