Turmeric is a bright orange spice that is a part of the ginger family. This spice has been used in traditional Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for thousands of years and has gained mainstream popularity in the last few years.
Turmeric has medicinal properties to help combat digestive disorders, liver problems, skin diseases, wounds, parasites and has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antimicrobial, hepatoprotective, immunostimulant, and antiseptic properties.
One thing to note is that cancer, heart disease, and cognitive disorders like Alzheimer's are linked to chronic inflammation. Inflammation and cancer are closely related in the sense that inflammation in the body can increase risk of cancer development.
Turmeric in the diet can prevent the growth and spread of cancer cells since curcumin, a component in turmeric, interferes with the DNA of cancer cells preventing them from growing and instead potentially causing these mutated cells to die. Turmeric prevents angiogenesis, a process that creates new blood vessels, which can form tumours and cancer cells.
Lastly, turmeric has antioxidant properties that can remove and repair damage to the cells that are caused by free radicals. Free radicals are created through exposure to pollution and stress and wreak havoc on healthy cells.
There are many ways to incorporate turmeric in the diet. Here are some recipes we’ve developed that are delicious and contain turmeric. We have a turmeric breakfast bowl, coconut turmeric chickpeas, and a turmeric latte. The links are below!
Love, D. S. (2017, 04 16). Turmeric and Cancer: 5 Ways Turmeric Can Help Prevent Cancer. Retrieved from TTAC: https://thetruthaboutcancer.com/turmeric-can-prevent-cancer/?gl=582840323
University of Maryland Medical Centre. (2017, 04 16). Turmeric. Retrieved from www.umm.edu: http://www.umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/turmeric