Sunday, December 14, 2014

Protect Your Colon with Curcumin and Ginger

Curcumin and ginger, two related spice extracts have both shown promise in reducing risk factors linked to CRC. One trial found that 4 grams of curcumin, an extract from turmeric root, taken daily reduced the number of aberrant crypt foci or pre-polyps by 40%. Ginger, given at a dosage of 2 grams daily, lowers inflammation and normalizes cell growth in people at increased risk for colorectal cancer. Supplementing with a high dosage of calcium and Vitamin D (2,000 mg calcium carbonate & 800 IU Vitamin D) reduces DNA damage and alters specific genetic signaling commonly present in those with CRC. According to a study in the July 2010 issue of the journal Gut, EPA, a purified form of fish oil, decreased colon polyp counts by over 22% and polyp size by about 30%. Another trial reports that an identical dosage and form of fish oil, 2 grams/day of EPA free-fatty acids, positively affects new cell growth and enhances the healthy elimination of cells (apoptosis). A final supplement worth considering is concentrated green tea extract (GTE). A 12 month, placebo-controlled study using 1,500 mg/day of GTE discovered that GTE reduced the risk of colon polyps by over half compared to a placebo. Additionally, the size of newly detected polyps were smaller in the participants taking the green tea capsules. Currently, it’s unknown exactly how GTE confers this protective effect. However one study hints that it may do so by rapidly reducing inflammation (prostaglandin E2) in colon tissue.  Read More at

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