Turmeric: the spice that helps cancer patients

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A substance derived from turmeric helps to increase the beneficial effects of chemotherapy. This is revealed by a study conducted by the Comprehensive Cancer Center of the University of Michigan, which demonstrated the importance of FLLL32, a compound derived from the famous Indian spice, capable of increasing the effectiveness of cisplatin-based chemotherapy, in the treatment of head and neck cancer.



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A substance derived from turmeric helps to increase the beneficial effects of chemotherapy. This is what a study conducted by the Comprehensive Cancer Center of the U.University of Michigan, which demonstrated the importance of FLLL32, a compound derived from famous spice Indian, capable of increasing the effectiveness of cisplatin-based chemotherapy, in the treatment of cancer to the head and neck.



The study, conducted by the team of researchers coordinated by Thomas Carey, professor of otolaryngology and pharmacology, was published by the Archives of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery.

In reality, as reported by the same authors of the research, the anti-cancer potential of turmeric (which is also a valuable natural antibiotic) were already known for some time, however the spice turns out difficult to absorb for the human organism. Here then is that the substance FLLL32, suitably studied by the team in the laboratory, is more easily assimilated by the body and is able to enhance the effects of cisplatin-based chemotherapy.

“When cancer cells become resistant to cisplatin, the doses have to be increased a lot. However, this drug is toxic and often causes long-term side effects. - Carey said - This research therefore offers the possibility of using lower and less toxic doses of cisplatin.
This work opens up the possibility of using lower and less toxic doses of cisplatin. Typically, when cells become resistant to cisplatin, we have to give higher and higher doses. But this drug is so toxic that patients who survive treatment often have long-term side effects. "



In short, the compound derived from turmeric seems to be an effective natural weapon to strengthen the anti-cancer action of traditional medicine.

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