Turmeric is it a pro oxidant and does it REALLY promote lung cancer in animals?
See attached post with picture of a plant that is not turmeric. In the scientific article, the results stated that turmeric, which has shown anti-cancer activity in numerous studies, is showing a different tendency in the described research. The actual spice, turmeric, was not used in the study, it was the extract from turmeric, cucurmin that was fed to the mice.
So is this cause for concern? Should you stop eating your curries or taking your turmeric pill? Absolutely not. First of all, turmeric in curries and when taken as a supplement usually does not exceed the dose of cucurmin that was fed to the rats. As a scientist, I love to read the literature especially the methods sections of the paper. In this paper, they said that they fed the rats 2% of their feed was cucurmin or 4%. What? Are they kidding? Did they have an agenda to disprove turmeric as an effective anti-cancer spice?