There are physical and pharmacological differences: Natural curcumin is extracted from the turmeric plant, whereas synthetic curcumin is made from petroleum-based chemicals. Natural curcumin contains naturally-formed compounds of curcuminoid molecules bonded with small portions of other helper-compounds in turmeric. Synthetic curcumin may copy three curcuminoids, or only one, or two. The artificial molecules lack any synergistic helper-compounds found in the turmeric plant. Most importantly, synthetic curcumin has no record of long-term safe use, nor are there studies showing whether it is beneficial in the same manner as natural curcumin for health.
Natural silicate materials, including zeolite clinoptilolite, have been shown to exhibit diverse biological activities and have been used successfully as a vaccine adjuvant and for the treatment of diarrhea. We report a novel use of finely ground clinoptilolite as a potential adjuvant in anticancer therapy. Clinoptilolite treatment of mice and dogs suffering from a variety of tumor types led to improvement in the overall health status, prolongation of life-span, and decrease in tumors size. Local application of clinoptilolite to skin cancers of dogs effectively reduced tumor formation and growth. In addition, toxicology studies on mice and rats demonstrated that the treatment does not have negative effects. In vitro tissue culture studies showed that finely ground clinoptilolite inhibits protein kinase B (c-Akt), induces expression of p21WAF1/CIP1 and p27KIP1 tumor suppressor proteins, and blocks cell growth in several cancer cell lines. These data indicate that clinoptilolite treatment might affect cancer growth by attenuating survival signals and inducing tumor suppressor genes in treated cells.
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