Updated: Dec 6, 2018
Tumeric and Breast Cancer
Turmeric has been shown to inhibit the growth of breast cancer cells though many mechanisms in laboratory studies. Unfortunately, we need more studies to verify its efficacy against breast cancer in vivo (in the body). This is important to emphasize because you will find many substances that are purported to stop the growth of breast cancer. However, the actions of such compounds in the body is entirely unpredictable and variable.
Tumeric has been well-tolerated by women in doses up to 8000 mg per day (in the absence of gallbladder trouble). In addition, turmeric offers many other health benefits, in part, due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
See links: The Effect of Tumeric on Breast Cancer Cells
How to Consume Tumeric
Tumeric is best absorbed in a meal containing fats and has even greater bioavailability when mixed with black pepper. It can be consumed by taking capsules, putting the powder in olive oil, or by using the root. Encapsulated forms are difficult to absorb but may be the most palatable option. The powder form (400 - 600 mg) may be consumed three times daily. Cut or dried root is used at 1.5-3 grams per day. It's important to be aware that tumeric is a blood thinner. Do not use this without consulting your doctor as it interacts with many medications and conditions. Also, make sure to stop taking it 2 weeks prior to any surgery. Please see the guide on Tumeric from the University of Maryland, Foodforbreastcancer.com, and Memorial Sloan Kettering.
1 tsp of tumeric powder=2000 mg tumeric
*Do not take this or any other medication during chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or after therapy without first consulting your doctor.
My turmeric salad dressing: I make a batch with about 1/2 cup olive oil, 2-3 tablespoons of turmeric, 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper to taste. You can also add dried parsley, thyme, or rosemary for more polyphenols. See Summarizing Risk Reduction Scientifically.