I’ve been taking and advocating the use of curcumin as a supplement and topping for your chicken, it comes from the spice tumeric which makes mustard yellow, for about a year now. Not only can it potentially help joint pain but it also has been shown to have numerous anti-cancer properties (1-4). But a new study sheds light on a combination of 3 strong, natural supplements for helping your body kick an important detox phase into overdrive.
A new study in the Nutrition and Cancer (5) describes how taking curcumin, quercetin and EPA together may kickstart important phase II (the harder detoxification phase for your body) enzymes in your intestines.
In summary, enhancement of the detoxification capacity by low dose of the potential anticarcinogens curcumin, quercetin, or EPA seems only a minor factor in explaining their anticarcinogenic properties.
What is quercetin? Well it’s a plant nutrient with a whole host of benefits ranging from fighting common allergies to reducing bad cholesterol to regulating and shutting down cancer cells.
The third nutrient, EPA is a component of fish oil. I’ve blogged often about the benefits of high dose omega-3’s.
So this sounds like you’ve got something new to add in each morning to my daily detox in the video below. 400 mg’s of curcumin twice per day, 250 mg’s of quercetin three times per day and upwards of 3 grams of EPA during the course of the day.
1. Available at: http://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/all.html. Accessed November 22, 2010.
2. Anand P, Sundaram C, Jhurani S, Kunnumakkara AB, Aggarwal BB.Curcumin and cancer: an “old-age” disease with an “age-old” solution. Cancer Lett. 2008 Aug 18;267(1):133-64.
3. Subramaniam D, Ramalingam S, Houchen CW, Anant S. Cancer stem cells: a novel paradigm for cancer prevention and treatment. Mini Rev Med Chem. 2010 May;10(5):359-71.
4. Jurenka JS. Anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin, a major constituent of Curcuma longa: a review of preclinical and clinical research. Altern Med Rev. 2009 Jun;14(2):141-55.
5. Odenthal J et al. The Influence of Curcumin, Quercetin and Eicosapentaenoic Acid on the Express of Phase II Detoxification Enzymes in the Intenstinal Cell Lines