Flashback Friday: Carcinogen Blocking Effects of Turmeric

Less than a teaspoon a day of turmeric appears to significantly lower the DNA-mutating ability of cancer-causing substances.

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This is second of a three-part video series on turmeric curcumin and its relationship to cancer. To find out more, check out the prequel, Back to Our Roots: Curry & Cancer (, and the last video in the series, Turmeric Curcumin Reprogramming Cancer Cell Death (

Smokers are common research subjects for carcinogen studies. For example, see what happens to carcinogen levels when those eating processed meat start eating vegetarian in Heterocyclic Amines in Eggs, Cheese, & Creatine? (

Other foods that may protect DNA include kiwifruit (see Kiwifruit & DNA Repair:, cruciferous vegetables (see DNA Protection from Broccoli:, leafy vegetables (see Eating Green to Prevent Cancer:, garlic (see Cancer, Interrupted: Garlic & Flavonoids:, and green tea (see Cancer, Interrupted: Green Tea: But, which is better? See Antimutagenic Activity of Green vs. White Tea: And, to learn about the DNA-protective power of plants in general, see Repairing DNA Damage (

More information on cancer prevention, treatment, and reversal can be found in my annual presentations Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death ( and More Than an Apple a Day: Combating Common Diseases (

And all of my turmeric videos can be found here (

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-Michael Greger, MD FACLM

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