According to 2012 worldwide stats, more than 14 mn new cases of cancer were detected in a year. More than 8 mn died due to cancer.
This makes cancer one of the leading causes of death across the world.
What is more disturbing is the fact that the number of new cases are likely to increase by 70% in coming 2 decades. Thus, cancer is showing no signs of slowing down.
Cancer is very different from most body disorders and so is its treatment. Modern medicine uses chemotherapy, radiation and surgery to treat cancer.
All 3 have their limitations and benefits.
Today, alternative treatments of cancer are been explored in great detail and a very promising one is curcumin – active ingredient of spice turmeric.
Numerous studies on animals and humans have shown positive effects of curcumin on various types of cancer and scientist believe it to be a great adjunct to traditional methods to treat cancer.
But how much curcumin one should take?
There is lot of debate over this. We try to answer this query here.
Curcumin Dosage for Cancer : A Science Science Based Plan
Dr. Bharat B Aggarwal is pioneer in exploring curcumin as alternate treatment for various disorders in body including cancer.
Dr. Aggarwal has published more than 600 scientific papers; many of them are on benefits of turmeric / curcumin to human body.
We discussed with him the dosage of turmeric for people suffering from cancer and he has proposed the following 8 week regimen:
Curcumin for Cancer : 8 Week Regimen
Week 1: Start with small dosage of 1 gm curcumin per day. If you see no side effects, take it for a week and proceed to dosage of week 2.
Week 2: Increase the dosage of curcumin to 2 gm/ day. Again check for any issues side effects etc. If everything looks fine, take it for a week and proceed to dosage of week 3.
Week 3: Double the dosage again to 4 gm / day. Again if things look fine, continue for a week and go for final step.
Week 4-8: Double again to 8 gm / day. Continue this for 5 weeks
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I know there will be so many questions in your mind regarding this and I have tried to answer them below
Q. Isn’t so much of curcumin harmful?
Curcumin in large dosage is known to cause issues if taken for a very long time.
Studies done have found curcumin dosage of even 12 gms day to be safe till 3 months.
Thus it is unlikely to cause any serious issues.
Q. Why I need so much, in normal cases I just take 1 tsp turmeric?
Cancer is an aggressive disorder and a prompt action is very necessary to check its growth.
Therefore large dosages are required here.
Q. What if I do not note any benefits even after 8 weeks?
According to Dr. Aggarwal, if there is no improvement noted even after 8 weeks then curcumin is very less likely to help you.
Q. Can I get this much curcumin by taking turmeric powder?
It is very hard to get this amount of curcumin by taking turmeric powder given the fact that a typical powder only has 3-4% curcumin.
So to get even 1 gm curcumin you will have to take 25-30 gms of turmeric powder. In case of 8 gms you will have to take 200 gms of turmeric powder a day, which is not possible.
Thus, you have to use a trusted brand of curcumin supplements here. The studies done on curcumin and cancer also used curcumin supplements for their research.
Q. How do I take curcumin?
Curcumin powder can be taken along with milk, fluids, etc.
Take them with fats and black pepper for best results as it improved its bioavailability.
Another way is to take curcumin supplements which already have absorption promoting ingredients. Most supplements already have piperine or other compounds to improve their bioavailability.
If not, then you can take the capsules just after taking fats such as coconut oil / olive oil mixed with grounded black pepper.
Nanocurcumin is also becoming a popular choice, but it seems to be in nascent stage.
It is good to discuss the regimen with your doctor before starting as there may be interactions with the medications you have been prescribed.
Also, make sure you stop taking curcumin supplements 2 weeks before a surgery.
Which curcumin supplement brand should I buy?
It is extremely important to choose right supplement brand.
We are trying to figure out a brand we can whole-heartedly recommend but till then you can explore these brands which are popular and have very good customer reviews (for USA).
To ensure the brands we mention are the best among what is available, we have made sure that the brands mentioned have:
- more than 4/5 in terms of rating
- more than 400 verified customer reviews on Amazon. More verified customers more the credibility.
- more than 90% of 5 star reviews are by verified customers. Many brands put fake positive reviews. Just considering verified purchases helps to solve the issue to some extent.
For the sake of record, we have mentioned all the above 3 parameters alongside brand name (they are subject to change in future):
- Turmeric Curcumin C3 Complex by VitaBreeze (4.8/5, 1002 verified reviews, % of 5 star verified reviews – 97%)
- Curcumin C3 w/ Bioperine by Viva Labs (4.4/5, 593 verified reviews, % of 5 star verified reviews – 95%)
- Turmeric Curcumin C3 by Divine Bounty (4.7/5, 552 verified reviews, % of 5 star verified reviews – 97%)
In the end..
In our email exchange, Dr. Bharat agreed with the philosophy that in case of most disorders taking good quality turmeric powder is fine. Also he stressed that one should make turmeric as part of life, this will prevent body from any future diseases.
In the end, it is advisable to let your doctor know if you plan to start “Curcumin for Cancer” regimen.
Hope this helps.
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