- Question from GPonds: Do you have an opinion on taking curcumin? It seems that out of all the herbs, this one has had the most research done on it about breast cancer control.
- Answers - Gary Deng Curcumin indeed is one of the herbs that has been studied most extensively. Its major clinical potential is in the prevention of colon polyps and possibly also colon cancer. Research done on breast cancer has been conducted in animal models, where a beneficial effect was observed. The problem with curcumin is the question of bioavailability, meaning how much you have to take to deliver enough curcumin to the cancer tissue. At this point, we do not know that information. Therefore curcumin remains a promising agent; indeed, it is being studied in many laboratories and clinical studies. The risk of curcumin include it may make the blood thinner in people taking blood thinners. Also people with gall bladder problems should not take it.
- Beth Baughman DuPree, M.D., F.A.C.S. It can also reduce the effectiveness of certain chemotherapeutic agents such as cyclophosphamide and doxorubicin. So again, please be very open with your physician about any supplements you are taking during treatment.
The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Vitamins and Herbal Supplements featured Gary Deng, M.D., Ph.D. and moderator Beth Baughman DuPree, M.D., F.A.C.S. answering your questions about how to safely and sensibly incorporate vitamins and supplements into your diet.
Editor's Note: This conference took place in July 2007.
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