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Spice may benefit women who took HRT

July 20, 2009 by  

New research shows that curcumin found in the Indian spice turmeric may help reduce some women’s risk of breast cancer if they utilized hormone replacement therapy (HRT.)

Many women choose HRT to offset the physical and emotional affects of menopause despite the fact that this treatment carries side effects including an increased risk of breast cancer.

Scientists at the University of Missouri found that in animals curcumin reduced the occurrence and likelihood that progestin -accelerated tumors would develop. Curcumin prevented VEGF from developing and this molecule helps direct blood to a growing tumor.

Researcher Salman Hyder of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center explained that the findings may promote the consumption of turmeric or even just curcumin as a cancer preventative.

"The results of our study show that women could potentially take curcumin to protect themselves from developing progestin-accelerated tumors," he said.

With more research, he says, curcumin may even be recommended to women who took HRT for a long period of time.

Studies conducted at the German Cancer Research Center last year revealed that women who took HRT for five or more years had a significantly increased risk of developing breast cancer.ADNFCR-1961-ID-19273174-ADNFCR

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  • merl734

    Bio identical homones are not without cancer risk. I work with premier scientists at Hopkins and NIH who all advise caution about ingesting bioidentical hormones like progesterone, estriol, estradiol, etc. Women should not be advised to use these hormones without stating the risk factors of increased cell growth. It is true that if one wants to take any risk it is their liberty. However, there is a significant risk of cancer with any type of hormones even bioidentical ones. If you are not a medical doctor or scientist who has intensively studied hormonal interactions, please do not advise women to take these hormones without caution and stating the risk factors.

  • s c

    Are these ‘premier’ scientists ‘who all advise caution’ defending synthetic hormones? Synthetic hormones have a most peculiar track record. It seems more than a bit hypocritical to pre-judge bio-identical hormones via lower standards than synthetics. Logic dictates that if there is a money trail from drug manufacturers to ‘scientists’ who bless synthetic hormones, then the validity of that ‘science’ is suspect. How can the AMA expect an inflated reputation, when it can’t offer women the protection they seek? The AMA mentality seems to demand being seen as infallible. At some point,
    frustrated patients will seek other ‘advice,’ and the FDA/AMA/drug cartel trinity will be rewarded with a long overdue ‘adjustment’ to its present status.

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