Curcumin, a natural compound found in turmeric, may be as effective as omeprazole, a drug used to reduce excess stomach acid and treat indigestion, according to the first study of its kind.
Research is increasingly showing curcumin to be useful against a wide range of diseases and health problems. Impressively, as illustrated in the phytobiologicals section of our website, studies now prove this natural turmeric extract to be effective in major depressive disorder, inflammation, neurodegenerative, cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, autoimmune and neoplastic diseases, arthritic problems, and even cancer.
By acting as a free radical scavenger, curcumin is able to prevent oxidative DNA damage. This damage to cellular DNA is known to initiate cancer by converting normal cells into cancer cells. The anti-cancer properties of curcumin include a variety of cellular mechanisms such as the reduction of cancer cell growth, the initiation of apoptosis (cancer cell death), the inhibition of collagen-digesting matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) enzymes, and the prevention of angiogenesis (the formation of new blood cells to feed a tumor). By inducing the production of enzymes involved in cell death, curcumin can selectively eliminate cancer cells formed in the body’s organ systems.
To learn more about the health protective effects of curcumin, see this article on our website.