everyday living Can Curry Cure Breast Cancer? February 20, 2014 Written By: BreastImplants.org Published On February 20, 2014 Curcumin: A Household Spice That Also Shrinks Tumors You probably know curcumin best for being the spicy, orange powder added to flavor our favorite curry dishes. A product of the southeast Indian plant, turmeric, curcumin may be the next promising, potential cure for breast cancer. A recent study published in Cancer Prevention Research shows that inserting curcumin directly into a tumor can shrink it. According to Dr. Ramesh C. Gupta, “curcumin administered via implants resulted in significant reduction in both the tumor multiplicity, and tumor volume." Please Read This: Top 13 Most Expensive Cosmetic Surgeries Eating Curcumin VS. Injecting Curcumin In Dr. Gupta's study, there were two sets of mice with cancer: mice who consumed curcumin, and mice that were implanted with curcumin. The mice that ate curcumin showed no effects from the diet change. As for the mice that were implanted, their tumors shrank significantly in size and spread at a slower pace over the course of a few months. This shows that implanting curcumin into cancerous tissue reduces the spread and growth of tumors. It's important to understand that while incorporating more turmeric into your diet may help reduce the risk of breast cancer, it has no positive impact on an already diagnosed disease. In order to affect someone with breast cancer, curcumin needs to be directly injected into the tumor to be effective. Curcumin Also Prevents Alzheimer's Curcumin was first acknowledged by the medical community for its ability to relieve inflammation and pain—which it has since been used for in India for centuries. More recently, curcumin has made headlines for not only reducing cancer risk, but also preventing Alzheimer's disease. Although there is no cure yet for either, India, the country with the second highest population in the world, ranks among the countries with the lowest cases of both diseases. This may be due to the prevalence of curcumin in Indian cuisine acting as a preventative force. You Might Like This: Looking Back On Angelina Jolie's Double Mastectomy: What Was Its Impact? Mastectomies May Be A Thing Of The Past Surgeons try their best to preserve the shape of the breast when performing a mastectomy, but not all surgeries leave patients with asymmetrical breasts. More often than not, patients will undergo some degree of breast augmentation after their mastectomy. But if curcumin treatment allows patients to receive an injection instead of forcing them to go under the knife, mastectomies and post-op breast augmentation could be a thing of the past. The ability to shrink tumors predicts a future with less tumor removal surgeries. In the case of breast cancer, the number of mastectomies and lumpectomies will decrease if this cancer treatment proves to be successful. You May Also Like: Looking Back On Angeline Jolie's Double Mastectomy: What Was Its Impact? Recommended Articles everyday living 'Big Bang Theory' Star Embraces Implants: Why We Should Say Goodbye To The Plastic Surgery Stigma everyday living What To Do If Your Implants Rupture everyday living Prosthetics After Reconstruction everyday living On Oncologists: Why They Should Be Part Of Your Treatment Team everyday living Beauty Enhancements In Other Cultures Most Searched Questions What size is right for me? How much does breast augmentation cost? What should I ask my plastic surgeon? How do I find a plastic surgeon? Tags: everyday living Comments Learn More: Nipple Piercings Before And After Breast Augmentation Surgery Exercises And Massage After Breast Augmentation Tattoos Do's And Don'ts The Sounds Your Implants Will Make How Big Is Too Big? Elective Mastectomy: Can Breast Cancer Be Prevented?