Stomach or gastric cancer is the cause of numerous deaths worldwide, the death rate is particularly high in developing countries. Scientists are striving hard to discover new therapies for stomach cancer. In this struggle, a research team from the Department of Biotechnology of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has revealed the high efficacy of turmeric in treating stomach cancer.
The food contaminated with Helicobacter Pylori bacteria forms ulcers in the stomach and the constant consumption of such food leads to stomach cancer. Curcumin is a bioactive component of turmeric and protects against Helicobacter Pylori infections after being oxidized. Scientists employed turmeric in effectively targeting stomach cancer after studying the impacts of curcumin. The team of 5 Biotechnology students Rohit Tiwari, Alka Yadav, Jyoti Gupta, Jyoti and Achyuth Pandey under the supervision of Professor Rupesh Chaturvedi, collected 40 stomach cancer samples from Lucknow, performed detailed trials and published the effectiveness of turmeric in the cure of stomach cancer.
The food samples collected from 40 people from Lucknow revealed that the Helicobacter Pylori bacteria were produced in the bodies of 39 people after they consumed junk food. The research students discovered and reported that the curcumin battles the bacteria, depicting the potential of turmeric in treating cancer.
Previously, research teams from all over the world had carried out studies on the advantages of turmeric but none of them achieved much success in labeling turmeric as a therapeutic agent. The scientists from JNU have attained a phenomenal success in proving the effectiveness of ancient turmeric in the field of cancer therapeutics. Successful stomach cancer treatment with turmeric has paved ways to the exploration of turmeric targeting in other cancers as well.