SPICE UP YOUR LIFE
A substance found in turmeric have anti-breast cancer effects, US research suggests
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australian women and it is expected that 15270 women will be affected with the disease at the end of 2014. Once one patient has been diagnosed with it , the life expectations would be up to 5 years, once it has reached the metastatic stage, the 5 year life prognosis drops up to an 80%.
Curcumin, a chemical substance found in foods like turmeric, has been studied for several years because its antioxidant, antibiotic, anti-inflammatory and wound-healing properties leading to promising treatments against different types of cancer.
Curcumin, the next best thing against breast cancer?
The chemotherapeutic effects of this substance have been subject of different studies during the lasts years because it has been found that it can kill to several varieties of tumour cells.
One of them has been developed by scientists from The University of Arizona with the extraction of the substance from turmeric and ginger. The extract was administered to the most dangerous type of breast cancer cells called MDA-MB-231
Curcumin from turmeric showed that it can stop the growth of cancer cells and it also inhibited the expression of the osteolytic factor PTHrP, which is a protein that cancer cells produce when the disease is at its metastatic stage, destroying the bones and causing pain to the patients.
How does it work?
The extract taken from turmeric targets the cancer cells acting directly in their cellular cycle and producing apoptosis (programmed cell death) and also blocking PTHrP secretion, giving a hope to the sufferers of this disease. The outcomes of this clinical supports other studies related to the chemical substance and its importance in preventative and therapeutic medicine, however scientists are still working in how the curcumin absorption can be improved into the human body.
With the results of these studies we can see that a diet based in these type of foods may have an influence in the fight against cancer and other degenerative diseases. It would not be a coincidence that Indian women have the lowest incidence in breast cancer around the world.
From now on girls, it would be a good idea to have curry in our menu, what do you think ;)?
Gupta, S, Patchva, S, Koh, W, & Aggarwal, B 2012, ‘Discovery of curcumin, a component of golden spice, and its miraculous biological activities’, Clinical & Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology, 39, 3, pp. 283-299
Wright, L, Frye, J, Gorti, B, Timmermann, B, & Funk, J n.d.,2013. ‘Bioactivity of Turmeric-derived Curcuminoids and Related Metabolites in Breast Cancer’, Current Pharmaceutical Design, 19, 34, pp. 6218-6225