Exciting research shows that turmeric may help prevent the spread of breast cancer. At the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston , researchers found that curcumin, an active component in turmeric, helped stop the metastasis of breast cancer cells to the lung.

Dr. Andrew Weil recommends supplementing with whole turmeric extracts instead of the isolated curcumin. "My preference is for whole turmeric rather than isolated curcumin, because I believe in the synergy of all active elements in botanical medicines. Overall, turmeric appears to have significant anti-inflammatory and cancer-protective effects. It would be wise to consume more foods spiced with turmeric.

Turmeric "Queen" of all Herbs

In addition to treating breast cancer, turmeric may be useful for inflammatory disorders and autoimmune conditions. Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties of turmeric and curcumin have been undergoing intense research. M. D. Anderson researchers Aggarwal and Ganesh Jagetia suggest that "curcumin's reported beneficial effects in arthritis, allergy, asthma, atherosclerosis, heart disease, Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, and cancer might be due in part to its ability to modulate the immune system."

Dr. Weil touts turmeric's role in the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer's disease. "Elderly villagers in India appear to have the lowest rate of Alzheimer's in the world, perhaps due to the fact that Indians eat turmeric with almost every meal," says Weil. In India 's system of Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric has been recognized as a key balancing and detoxifying herb for thousands of years.

In Indonesia 's traditional medical system known as Jamu, turmeric is considered the "Queen" of all herbs and is the featured daily herb for tens of millions of Indonesians. In Japan and China , people embrace turmeric for its powerful yet safe liver detoxification, and there are communities in Japan where turmeric juice is consumed daily. In the Western medical and herbal traditions, turmeric is considered by many leading scholars to be the most important healing herb on earth.

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