Food and Cancer

Cancer Prevention

Posted on March 12, 2009. Filed under: cancer, Food and Cancer, Foods that Prevent Disease | Tags: , , , , |

Cancer Prevention Article: http://www.sixwise.com/Newsletters/2008/September/4/Nine-Lifestyle-Changes-Prevent-Cancer.htm

Lose Weight: Obesity is a risk factor for many types of cancer, including breast, colon, endometrium, esophagus, kidney and others.

Limit Alcohol Consumption: Drinking alcohol in excess increases your risk of various cancers.

Eat More Fruits and Vegetables: They’re loaded with cancer-fighting nutrients, such as phytoestrogens, plus they help keep you at a healthy weight.

Avoid Unhealthy, Cancer-Causing Foods
Many experts have stated that trans-fats are just as or even more dangerous than tobacco. While food manufacturers are not required by the U.S. to list trans-fats on food labels until January 2006, fortunately many are. Avoid foods with trans fats.

Read the label! The FDA has allowed a manufacturer to say “0 grams trans fat”  if it contains less than .5 gram per serving. So you may actually be consuming serveral grmas of trans fat by eating the products. Any ingredient that is “hyrodgenated” or “partially hydrogenated” is a trans fast subsatnce.

Avoid over-consumption of alcohol. Also eliminate artificial sweeteners and processed foods, and work toward drastically reducing sugars. As noted above, avoid charring and frying meats and other foods altogether.

Finally, if you consume meats try to consume only natural, pasture-raised. Among their many other health risks, mass-produced meats are higher in omega-6 fats that Americans consume far too many of and that can also lead to cancer. Read The Meat You Eat: How Corporate Farming Has Endangered America’s Food Supply for more information.

 Limit Intake of Processed Meats and Trans Fats: Processed meats, like lunchmeats, hot dogs, bacon and sausages, have been linked to prostate and other cancers.
 

 Exercise Regularly. Exercise will reduce your risk of just about every type of cancer. It  can also reduce your risk by influencing hormone levels and your immune system, according to ACS

Avoid Exposure to Environmental Chemicals and Air Pollution. 

Get the proper amounts of Vitamin D – outdoor activities are healthy

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Anti Cancer Foods, may help prevent cancer

Posted on October 31, 2008. Filed under: Food and Cancer, Foods that Prevent Disease | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Taken from an article on msnbc.com

Inc. From “Anticancer, A New Way of Life” by David Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD, published in September 2008. Copyright by David Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD, 2008.

 

Japanese green tea
Green tea is rich in compounds called polyphenols, including catechins (and particularly EGCG), which reduce the growth of new blood vessels that feed tumors. It’s also a powerful antioxidant and detoxifier (activating enzymes in the liver that eliminate toxins from the body), and it encourages cancer cell death. In the laboratory, it has even been shown to increase the effect of radiation on cancer cells.

Pomegranate juice
This juice, which tastes like raspberries, has been used in Persian medicine for thousands of years. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties are well confirmed; studies show it can substantially reduce the development of even the most aggressive prostate cancers (among others). In addition, drinking it daily slows the spread of an established prostate cancer by more than 50 percent.

 

Ginger
Fresh ginger, or gingerroot, is a powerful anti-inflammatory that combats certain cancer cells and helps slow tumor growth. A ginger infusion can also alleviate nausea from chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

Turmeric
Found in curry powder, this spice is the most powerful natural anti-inflammatory available today. It encourages cancer cell death, inhibits tumor growth, and even enhances the effectiveness of chemotherapy. Some research shows that turmeric is most effective in humans when it’s mixed with black pepper and dissolved in oil (olive or canola, preferably). In store-bought curry mixes, turmeric represents only 20 percent of the total, so it’s better to obtain ground turmeric directly from a spice shop.


Cabbages and other cruciferous greens
Brussels sprouts, bok choy, Chinese cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower all contain sulforaphane and indole-3-carbinols (I3Cs), two potent anticancer molecules. These molecules help the body detoxify certain carcinogenic substances and can help prevent precancerous cells from developing into malignant tumors. They also promote the suicide of cancer cells and block tumor growth.

 

Garlic, onions, leeks, shallots, chives
The sulfur compounds found in this group (the alliaceous family) promote the death of colon, breast, lung, and prostate cancer cells. Epidemiological studies also suggest a lower risk of kidney and prostate cancer in people who consume the most garlic.

 

Soy
Compounds called isoflavones (including genistein, daidzein, and glycitein) prevent tumor growth and block the stimulation of cancer cells by sex hormones (such as estrogens and testosterone). There are significantly fewer breast cancer cases among Asian women who have eaten soy since adolescence, and when they do have breast cancer, their tumors are usually less aggressive with higher survival rates. Isoflavone supplements (in pill form) have been associated with an aggravation of certain breast cancers, but whole soy, eaten as food, has not.

 

Fatty fish
The risk of several cancers is significantly lower in people who eat fish at least twice a week. Several studies discovered that the anti-inflammatory long-chain omega-3s found in fatty fish (or in high-quality purified fish-oil supplements) can help slow cancer cell growth in a large number of tumors (lung, breast, colon, prostate, kidney, etc.).

 

Citrus
Oranges, tangerines, lemons, and grapefruit contain anti-inflammatory compounds called flavonoids that stimulate the detoxification of carcinogens by the liver. Certain flavonoids in the skin of tangerines — tangeritin and nobiletin — can also help promote the death of brain cancer cells.

 

Strawberries
Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, and cranberries contain ellagic acid and a large number of polyphenols, which inhibit tumor growth. Two polyphenols found in berries, anthocyanidins and proanthocyanidins, promote cancer cell death.

 

Dark chocolate
Chocolates containing over 70 percent cocoa provide a number of antioxidants, proanthocyanidins, and many polyphenols. In fact, a square of dark chocolate contains twice as many as a glass of red wine and almost as many as a cup of green tea properly steeped. These molecules slow the growth of cancer cells and limit the blood vessels that feed them.

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Foods That Protect Against Breast Cancer

Posted on May 14, 2008. Filed under: Food and Cancer | Tags: , |

This information come from an article from the 2008 Collectors Edition of LifeExtension Magazine (lef.org).

This article states that women who eat red meat suffer high breast cancer rates. It also states that men who eat red meat suffer high prostate cancer rates. It also cites (excess) estrogen as being a factor in breast cancer deelopment.

Cruciferous vegetables protect against breat cancer
Broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, cabbage, kale etc contain a compund known as indole-3-carbinol or I3C. It neutralizes the excess estrogen that may be circulating in the body which can promote cancer growth.

Soy protects against breast cancer
Soy contains isoflavones which are classified as selective estrogen receptor modulators. They can confer then beneficial effects of estrogen as well as block the estrogen receptors to harmful estrogen.

Fruits protect against breast cancer
D-Glucarate is a compund found in fruits, especially grapefruit, oranges and apples. It helps to prevent estrogen from being re-absorded into the body.

Lignans protect against breast cancer
Lignans, such as flax seed can alter estrogen metabolism and induce cancer cells to self-destruct.

 

 

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