Used for thousands of years in ancient Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric – thanks to powerful compounds known as curcuminoids – has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory powers. Over 240 studies have also confirmed that the curcumin in turmeric boosts brain power and lowers risk of brain diseases; reduces risk of heart disease; prevents and possibly even helps to treat Alzheimer's disease; reduces arthritis symptoms; helps ward of depression; and fights the effects of aging.
However, despite all these amazing health benefits, it is perhaps curcumin's ability to both prevent and treat cancer that has researchers most excited. Now, a groundbreaking study published in the journal Anticancer Research has revealed that curcumin can selectively target and destroy the stem cells that cause cancer malignancy – without destroying healthy cells in the process.
As explained by Green Med Info's Sayer Ji, cancer stem cells (CSCs) are the only cells capable of producing all the other types of cells found within a malignant tumor. They are therefore the most lethal of all the cell types in most cancers.