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Curry: What Dosage Prevents Cancer?

How much curry should I take as a supplement to protect myself against cancer?

Curcumin is a compound found in turmeric, the spice used in many curry dishes. It has been used in a medicinal nature throughout India for centuries. Western medicine has only recently discovered curcumin's possible anti-cancer capabilities. Contemporary studies show that curcumin may be potentially helpful in slowing the growth of certain types of cancer and Alzheimer's disease.

However, there are no nationally or internationally agreed-upon dosages or recommended servings per day. Curcumin is neither a recommended cancer prevention mechanism nor is it included in conventional cancer therapy. Consuming large amounts of supplemental curcumin is also not recommended and may be harmful because of the potential for liver toxicity and gallstone formation.

For further information on whether curry in your diet can prevent cancer see the following article from TheDietChannel: Can Curry Prevent Cancer?

Katie Clark, MPH, RD
Contributing Expert

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