Turmeric Can Cure Cancer By Killing Its CAUSE – Yeast Infections

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A recently published study in Critical Reviews in Microbiology suggests that yeast is not just a by-product of cancer, but an actual contributor to the disease as well. Another study published in the European Journal of Pharmacology shows that turmeric may be a potent fighter against cancers caused by yeast infections.

In the first study titled “Candida albicans and cancer: Can this yeast induce cancer development or progression?” the authors observed:

“There is currently increasing concern about the relation between microbial infections and cancer. More and more studies support the view that there is an association, above all, when the causal agents are bacteria or viruses. This review adds to this, summarizing evidence that the opportunistic fungus Candida albicans increases the risk of carcinogenesis and metastasis. Until recent years, Candida spp. had fundamentally been linked to cancerous processes as it is an opportunist pathogen that takes advantage of the immunosuppressed state of patients particularly due to chemotherapy.

“In contrast, the most recent findings demonstrate that C. albicans is capable of promoting cancer by several mechanisms, as described in the review: production of carcinogenic byproducts, triggering of inflammation, induction of Th17 response and molecular mimicry. We underline the need not only to control this type of infection during cancer treatment, especially given the major role of this yeast species in nosocomial infections, but also to find new therapeutic approaches to avoid the pro-tumor effect of this fungal species.”

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Yeast infections such as Candida were recognized centuries ago as an indicator of much larger underlying diseases such as diabetes mellitus, malignant tumors, and chronic infections. A body wide Candida infection plays havoc on the immune system. When the immune system tries to fight the toxins excreted by the infection, it gets overwhelmed and further weakens the body.

Therefore, while the presence of Candida albicans should be avoided in cancer patients, consideration should be given to the possibility of including drugs to minimize the risk of Candida albicans being present and its effects, including the creation of pro-tumor micro-environments.

It is general knowledge that turmeric being an antioxidant can protect the immune system. But not many know that curcumin, the primary polyphenol in turmeric, makes it stronger to withstand attacks from free radicals and therefore can protect the body against fungus infections. (Infection is an important cause of cancer, causing approximately one in five malignancies worldwide.)

Titled “Curcumin and its promise as an anticancer drug: An analysis of its anticancer and antifungal effects in cancer and associated complications from invasive fungal infections”, the second study revealed that curcumin may be the perfect way to fight cancers that have a fungal component. The authors noted:

Curcumin, a natural component that is isolated from the rhizome of Curcuma longa plants, has attracted great interest among many scientists studying solid cancers over the last half century. Interestingly, curcumin provides an ideal alternative to current therapies because of its relatively safe profile, even at high doses. To date, curcumin’s potent antifungal activity against different strains of Candida, Cryptococcus, Aspergillus, Trichosporon and Paracoccidioides have been reported, indicating that curcumin anticancer drugs may also possess an antifungal role, helping cancer patients to resist invasive fungal infection related complications. The aim of this review is to discuss curcumin’s dual pharmacological activities regarding its applications as a natural anticancer and antifungal agent. These dual pharmacological activities are expected to lead to clinical trials and to improve infection survival among cancer patients.”

The authors also explained that most traditional cancer therapies have serious side effects including damaging patients’ immune system, liver and kidneys as well as developing treatment-resistant fungal infections. Turmeric holds much promise because not only does it fight fungal infections without any side effects, but it also has the ability to address a multitude of cancer targets.

“Curcumin is an up-and-coming drug of natural origin with multi-target properties and it has exhibited efficient anticancer and antifungal activities alone or in combination with conventional chemotherapy drugs and antifungal agents. The dual pharmacological activities of curcumin may make it a good candidate for the prevention and treatment of cancer and its cancer-related invasive fungal infection related complications.”


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