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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10 Healthy Foods

Posted on May 24, 2008. Filed under: Foods that Prevent Disease | Tags: , |

Foos that contain antioxidants are the healthiest!

Antioxidants
The science is clear: Plant foods are good for you. And the credit often goes to chemicals they produce called antioxidants. Just as the name suggests, antioxidants help protect your cells against oxidation. Think of oxidation as rust. This rust is caused by free radicals, which are unstable oxygen atoms that attack your cells, inducing DNA damage that leads to cancer. Thankfully, antioxidants help stabilize free radicals, which keeps the rogue atoms from harming your cells.So by eating more antioxidant-rich foods, you’ll boost the amount of the disease-fighting chemicals floating in your bloodstream. The result: Every bite fortifies your body with all-natural preventive medicine.
Beets
Think of beets as red spinach. Just like Popeye’s powerfood, this crimson vegetable is one of the best sources of both folate and betaine. These two nutrients work together to lower your blood levels of homocysteine, an inflammatory compound that can damage your arteries and increase your risk of heart disease. Plus, the natural pigments — called betacyanins — that give beets their color have been proved to be potent cancer fighters in laboratory mice.

 Cabbage
One cup of chopped cabbage has just 22 calories, and it’s loaded with valuable nutrients. At the top of the list is sulforaphane, a chemical that increases your body’s production of enzymes that disarm cell-damaging free radicals and reduce your risk of cancer. In fact, Stanford University scientists determined that sulforaphane boosts your levels of these cancer-fighting enzymes higher than any other plant chemical.

 Guava
Guava has a higher concentration of lycopene — an antioxidant that fights prostate cancer — than any other plant food, including tomatoes and watermelon. In addition, 1 cup of the stuff provides 688 milligrams (mg) of potassium, which is 63 percent more than you’ll find in a medium banana. And guava may be the ultimate high-fiber food: There’s almost 9 grams (g) of fiber in every cup.
Swiss chard
A half cup of cooked Swiss chard provides a huge amount of both lutein and zeaxanthin, supplying 10g each. These plant chemicals, known as carotenoids, protect your retinas from the damage of aging, according to Harvard researchers. That’s because both nutrients, which are actually pigments, appear to accumulate in your retinas, where they absorb the type of shortwave light rays that can damage your eyes. So the more lutein and zeaxanthin you eat, the better your internal eye protection will be.

 Cinnamon
Cinnamon helps control your blood sugar, which influences your risk of heart disease. In fact, USDA researchers found that people with type-2 diabetes who consumed 1 g of cinnamon a day for 6 weeks (about 1/4 teaspoon each day) significantly reduced not only their blood sugar but also their triglycerides and LDL (bad) cholesterol. Credit the spice’s active ingredients, methylhydroxychalcone polymers, which increase your cells’ ability to metabolize sugar by up to 20 times.

 Purslane
Purslane has the highest amount of heart-healthy omega-3 fats of any edible plant, according to researchers at the University of Texas at San Antonio. The scientists also report that this herb has 10 to 20 times more melatonin — an antioxidant that may inhibit cancer growth — than any other fruit or vegetable tested.
Pomegranate juice
Israeli scientists discovered that men who downed just 2 ounces of pomegranate juice daily for a year decreased their systolic (top number) blood pressure by 21 percent and significantly improved bloodflow to their hearts. What’s more, 4 ounces provides 50 percent of your daily vitamin C needs.

 Goji berries
Goji berries have one of the highest ORAC ratings — a method of gauging antioxidant power — of any fruit, according to Tufts University researchers. And although modern scientists began to study this ancient berry only recently, they’ve found that the sugars that make goji berries sweet reduce insulin resistance — a risk factor of diabetes — in rats.

 Dried plums
Prunes contain high amounts of neochlorogenic and chlorogenic acids, antioxidants that are particularly effective at combating the “superoxide anion radical.” This nasty free radical causes structural damage to your cells, and such damage is thought to be one of the primary causes of cancer.

 Pumpkin seeds
Downing pumpkin seeds is the easiest way to consume more magnesium. That’s important because French researchers recently determined that men with the highest levels of magnesium in their blood have a 40 percent lower risk of early death than those with the lowest levels. And on average, men consume 353 mg of the mineral daily, well under the 420 mg minimum recommended by the USDA.

 
Eight More Superfoods You Should Eat:
 SALMON, BEANS, BLUEBERRIES, QUINOA, WALNUTS/ALMONDS, SPINACH, ARTICHOKES, TOMATOES

 

 Article from :  http://www.menshealth.com/ 

 

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Green Tea Can Prevent and Treat Many Diseases

Posted on May 18, 2008. Filed under: Foods that Prevent Disease | Tags: , , , , , |

Highlights from the article http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2008/apr2008_New-Research-On-The-Health-Benefits-Of-Green-Tea_01.htm

Green tea is rich in healthful polyphenols, particularly a catechin known as EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), which is a potent antioxidant.

  • Green tea may help prevent or manage cancer, heart and vascular disease, diabetes, obesity, Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological degenerative diseases, bacterial and viral infections, and other conditions.
  • Green tea has been reported to beneficially impact parameters associated with cardiovascular dysfunction.
  • Studies have shown that green tea also inhibits a growth factor receptor called HER2, which is present in excess in about 30% of breast cancers and is associated with poor outcomes.
  • In Japanese populations, green tea consumption has been linked to longer life, especially in subjects drinking five cups or more daily. Western populations consume relatively little green tea.
  •  Green tea consumption may reduce the incidence of type 2 diabetes and improve glucose control and insulin sensitivity.
  • Green tea may potentially have preventive or therapeutic value in Alzheimer’s disease9 and in Parkinson’s disease.
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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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