Turmeric is a popular spice used in many different types of cuisine, but did you know it can also help to reduce inflammation and even treat prostate cancer? Turmeric can provide some necessary relief for those suffering from this condition. Though, you should, of course, consult your doctor before deciding to incorporate turmeric into your treatment plan. Read more to learn about the health benefits of turmeric, the research supporting its use, and how to use it.
Turmeric holds a wide range of medicinal properties. It is an anti-inflammatory and its main active component known as curcumin has antibiotic properties. Because of this, it has been used in home remedies for centuries. People have found success using turmeric to treat all sorts of conditions including inflammation, prostate cancer, indigestion, heart disease, stomach ulcers, infections, and more.
There have been a few studies that validate the claim that turmeric can be used as a treatment for prostate cancer. One 2015 study found that curcumin, the main component of turmeric, has the ability to restrict cell-signaling pathways, which can help to stop or weaken tumor cell production. Another study found that curcumin can also halt fibroblasts that are associated with cancer. Curcumin also has radiosensitizing and radioprotective properties that can make cancer cells more susceptible to radiation while protecting the rest of your body.
How to Use Turmeric
Though the research supports adding turmeric to your treatment plan, you should speak to your doctor before doing so. This will not replace your current HIFU regimen, but rather increase its effectiveness. Turmeric is available as a spice, supplement, fluid extract, or herbal tincture. The doctor will advise you on how much to use, though the recommended dose is ½ teaspoon per day. You can add it to a meal, make a tea, take a supplement, or ingest it in another way. Contact us at the Prostate Cancer Institute to learn more about how turmeric can benefit you when used in conjunction with HIFU treatment.