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Curcumin supplements may prevent this complication among breast cancer patients.

Curcumin supplements may prevent this complication among breast cancer patients.

Breast cancer affects one in three women in America, and for many, the treatment for this condition can take as substantial physical and emotional toll as the disease itself. One common complication that breast cancer patients may experience as a result of radiation therapy is dermatitis – which is characterized by painful, reddened skin that is similar to a sunburn. This could also result in open wounds that do not fully heal until the process has been completed.

However, the results of a recent study could prove promising for the 95 percent of breast cancer patients who currently contend with this issue. According to an official abstract available on PubMed, scientists from the University of Rochester Medical Center have discovered that taking curcumin supplements can potentially offset this side effect.

"We conducted a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial to assess the ability of curcumin to reduce radiation dermatitis severity in 30 breast cancer patients," the abstract states.

Participants were instructed to take two curcumin supplements a day throughout their radiation therapy. The researchers evaluated the degree of dermatitis they experienced during this time and ultimately concluded that the nutritional compound – which is derived from turmeric – did have a positive impact on the severity of this skin condition.

As well as blocking this painful side effect, curcumin has also been shown to inhibit the spread of certain cancers. In addition, past studies have indicated that this compound can act as a brain enhancer and anti-inflammatory agent. Click here to read information about Nutrivene Longvida Curcumin.