Tumeric treats cancer

Tumeric is one of the many organic and historically healthy foods NFC certifies and is incorporated by our many clients in foods that offer many holistic benefits. Here’s more…

Led by researcher Susmita Bose at Washington State University (WSU) and her alternative cancer treatment team developed a significant time-released delivery system of this ancient herb whose curative content is “curcumin,” the main ingredient in the spice turmeric. With this special treatment system, young patients are showing evidence of inhibiting their bone cancer cells while promoting the growth of healthy bone cells. Researchers would like to develop these kinds of more gentle treatment options, especially after surgery when patients are trying to recover from both the bone damage while taking harsh drugs to suppress tumor growth. We all witness family and friends taking high doses of chemotherapy before and after surgery which can wreak havoc including many harmful side effects. 

According to this March 2019 study; “Upon successful encapsulation of “curcumin” into the liposomes, we have investigated the effect of liposomal curcumin via time-released capsules upon human fetal osteoblast cells (hFOB) and human osteosarcoma (MG-63) cells. Interestingly, liposomal curcumin released…showed significant cytotoxicity toward in vitro osteosarcoma (bone cancer) cells.” It seems promising that this system of administering turmeric’s powerful anti-inflammatory factors could lead to better post-operative treatments for people with osteosarcoma, the second most prevalent cause of cancer death in children. The work is, published in the journal ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces

Turmeric has been used in cooking and as medicine for centuries in Asian countries, and its active ingredient, “curcumin” has been shown to have anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and bone-building capabilities. It has also been shown to prevent various forms of cancers. “I want people to know the beneficial effects of these natural compounds,” said WSU’s Susmita Bose. “Natural biomolecules derived from these plant-based products are inexpensive and a safer alternative to synthetic drugs.”

However, when taken orally as medicine, the compound can’t be absorbed well in the body because it is eliminated too quickly. It was a researched solution to use a technique involving 3-Dimensional printing with calcium phosphate to strengthen the duration of keeping the herbal power of curcumin in the human body long enough to potentially build anti-cancer acting support. We are confident that someday this can be used as a graft material after bone cancer surgery. This breakthrough may lead to better post-op treatments for osteosarcoma, the 2nd leading cause of cancer death in children in the USA.

The researchers found that their system inhibited the growth of osteosarcoma cells by 96 percent after 11 days as compared to untreated samples. “This study introduces a new era of integration – where modern 3-D printing technology is coupled with the safe and effective use of alternative medicine, which may provide a better tool for bone tissue engineering,” said Bose.

{Prof. Bose has interdisciplinary research interests in the areas of chemistry, biology, materials science and engineering, involving calcium phosphate-based bioceramics, surface modification of load-bearing implants, 3-D printing of bone tissue engineering scaffolds, drug delivery, in vitro and in vivo bone cell material interaction study.} – https://labs.wsu.edu/bmrl/susmita-bose/