Curcumin modulates tumor remission


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Curcumin, the yellow pigment from the curcuma longa plant, has been shown to destroy tumors. Studies have shown that curcumin induces apoptosis (cell death) in rat macrophages (immune system cells), which leads to the inhibition of tumor growth in the body. The study suggested that the macrophages and natural killer cells play an important modulatory role in the remission of tumors. The study revealed that curcumin activates macrophages and natural killer cells (NK) during the spontaneous regression of transplanted tumors. Prolonged treatment with curcumin culminated in a stronger tumor-killing effect.

FEBS LETTERS, 2000, Vol 483, Iss 1, pp 78-82

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