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Familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) is a hereditary condition that affects only about 10,000 people in the U.S. FAP patients typically begin to develop numerous benign polyps in the colon when they're only in their teens.
Polyps continue to multiply into the hundreds and sometimes thousands as FAP patients age. Eventually the polyps become malignant, usually when patients reach their 50s. Before malignancy, polyps can be removed during colonoscopy, although this may not be practical with patients who have very high polyp counts. Once malignancy begins, the colon has to be removed.
Previous studies have shown that curcumin produces anti-inflammatory effects that may fight cancer. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine recently tested the effects of curcumin and quercetin (a plant flavanoid found in apples and onions) on five FAP patients.
Curcumin is the yellow pigment in the root of turmeric, a herb in the ginger family. Curry gets its pungent flavor from curcumin, which was used for many centuries by Indian Ayurvedic healers to treat indigestion, arthritis and urinary tract disorders.
All subjects received supplements containing 480 mg of curcumin and 20 mg of quercetin three times each day for six months
The number and size of polyps were evaluated at the beginning and end of the study
Results showed a 60 percent decrease in the number of polyps, on average
The average size of polyps was reduced by more than 50 percent
About halfway through the study, researchers found that one subject had not been taking his supplements. A check of his polyps showed their number had increased. But after restarting the daily supplement regimen, the number of polyps dropped by the end of the trial period.
The amount of quercetin used in the study was similar to the daily quercetin intake that many people get through a normal diet. But the curcumin intake provided by the supplement was many times higher than the amount of curcumin that could be consumed through dietary intake.
Researchers say that eating onions and curry won't necessarily produce the same protective effect of supplemental extracts. The Hopkins team is currently planning a large intervention study to further explore the effect of curcumin extract on colon polyps.
Talk to your doctor before taking curcumin or quercetin supplements. Although only a few mild side effects were reported in the Hopkins trial, some people experience stomach upset and even ulcers with high doses of curcumin. Also, curcumin is known to thin the blood, so it should not be taken with anti-coagulants or anti-inflammatory drugs.
The name of the study is:
"Combination Treatment With Curcumin and Quercetin of Adenomas in Familial Adenomatous Polyposis" Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Vol. 4, No. 8, August 2006, cghjournal.org
To have normal BMs a person needs to intake 25 to 35 grams of fiber daily along with drinking enough water (6 to 8 glasses daily) and adequate exercise daily.
The fiber needs to be a combination of both insoluble and soluble fiber.
Insoluble fiber causes your intestines to produce contractions called peristalsis that moves digested food along your intestines then out.
Soluble fiber is fiber that absorbs fluids and bulks up your stools.
Insoluble fiber is contained in all fruits and vegitables including all greens, nuts, seeds and the outer part of grains and beans & peas including all green beans. The outer part of grains is included in many cereals as Bran.
Soluble fiber is the inner part of grains that absorb fluids --like corn, rice, oats, barley and wheat. Also, the inner parts of beans and peas. The root veggies like potatos including sweet potatos, carrots, beets, and turnips -- including chicory root that is called Inulin.
Inulin is included in many processed foods even some brands of yogurt and kefir.
Many fiber supplements are soluble -- like psyllium seed husks that is in Metamucil, Equate from Wal Mart, Konsyl and many others like flaxseed, just plain psyllium seed husk and other brands. Citrucel that contains Methylcellulose, Benefiber that contains Guar Gum, Fiber Choice that contains Inulin.
Fibercon is considered an insoluble fiber.
All meats, seafoods and all dairy products contain NO fiber.
Last edited by Harry; 06-27-2009 at 11:35 AM.
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