Science or Snake Oil: can turmeric really shrink tumours, reduce pain and kill bacteria?

Science or Snake Oil: can turmeric really shrink tumours, reduce pain and kill bacteria?

'In the literature, curcumin (active ingredient in turmeric - Neil) is reported to be an antioxidant that protects the body against damage from reactive molecules. These are generated in the body as a result of metabolism and cause cell damage (known as free radicals).

It’s also reported to have anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-cancer properties, as well as encouraging the death of cells that are dangerous or no longer needed by the body.

Curcumin has been widely studied in relation to numerous ailments, but what does the literature say? Is consuming turmeric beneficial?'

Gunveen Kaur, Lecturer In Nutritional Sciences, Deakin University, examines how certain the evidence for the above claims:

Curcumin has been shown to induce apoptosis in CLL cells (see reference below) - but only in a test tube. Obtaining high enough blood serum levels is challenging and sadly, with the typical lack of standards associated with herbal remedies, can we be sure we are buying good quality curcumin?

Turmeric and Green Tea: A Recipe for the Treatment of B-CLL



7 Replies

  • What is the answer?

    Interesting, hopeful article, left me confused about best approach, however.

  • Is there any more recent info on this area of study or results from clinical trials ??

  • There was a small trial a few years ago looking at curcumin and VitD, but they haven't published yet.

    I'm not aware of anything else... but there are lab studies being done in India.

  • Interesting but they don't go into detail about what "sequential" means. Does it mean on different days, weeks, hours? Would be nice to know.

  • For Sequential in the lab they did it every other day. That has not been testing in humans yet. There are only green tea studies. Look up the Mayo clinic for the green tea and Invitro Curcumin studies.

  • Interesting 😀


  • anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial is good as a natural aid to the body, more so with immune deficiencies. Also good for bone pain. Aiding the body within in the right way is beneficial. Bonus if it does anything more, IE. shrink tumors.

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