Turmeric and milk thistle stave off colon cancer cells

It’s true what they say about “out of sight, out of mind.” But at some point, the thought of colon cancer will start nagging you enough that you’ll have a doctor go up your tailpipe to have a look.

Colonoscopies absolutely save lives. But while they help detect cancer-causing polyps that have already formed, new research shows there’s something else you can do right now to stop colon cancer in its tracks.

You won’t need an appointment for an invasive procedure… and you won’t need drugs.

US researchers from Saint Louis University have found that a mixture of curcumin and silymarin can put the brakes on cancer cells in a lab – more so than either phytochemical on its own.

The duo not only stopped the cancer from multiplying and spreading, but their double-pronged punch killed the cancer cells off completely!

And it wasn’t just that they used these compounds together. It actually turns out that they could kill the MOST cancer cells by using curcumin first to get those cells against the ropes, and then follow-up with silymarin for the knockout.

This is particularly good news if you’re a little on the older side, since colon cancer affects the elderly the most. Roughly 70 per cent of all colon cancer cases impact those who are 65 and over.

If you’ve been reading my eTips for a while, you know I think curcumin is one of the most effective and versatile natural disease-fighters around. It can help curb metabolic syndrome, ease depression, and even cut heart disease risk.

In fact, I recommend curcumin to my own patients to lessen painful inflammation and swelling – and it’s completely safe.

Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric, the spice that adds kick to curry. If the flavor isn’t your thing, you can find turmeric or curcumin in supplement form at your local health food store.

Silymarin, on the other hand, is the extract of the seeds from the milk thistle flower – and a powerful antioxidant. Milk thistle is better-known as a treatment for liver ailments (like hepatitis), but its anti-cancer properties have also been studied for years.

A 2008 study found that milk thistle was actually strong enough to fight multiple types of cancer, and it allowed patients the ability to lessen their number of damaging chemotherapy sessions.

These supplements could save you from colon cancer, but that doesn’t mean you can avoid getting colonoscopies.

And a word of caution: Turmeric can act as a blood thinner, and milk thistle has been known to alter the effects of certain cancer drugs. You can also cut your risk of colon cancer by eating nuts and getting plenty of vitamin D, but don’t start supplementing with anything without consulting your doctor first.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Editor
Nutrition & Healing

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Plant compounds give ‘1-2’ punch to colon cancer, sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160722154454.htm

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