How can diet protect us from Cancers?
Obviously you need to reduce your radon levels if they are elevated. If you are a smoker, you must make quitting a priority in your life. Whether you are a smoker or a non-smoker there are dietary changes that can significantly reduce your risk of cancer. Changing to a more vegetarian diet is one of the most helpful things to do. The chart below indicates the reduction in Lung Cancer incidence as populations have a higher consumption of plant based foods versus animal based foods. This information says at least reduce your consumption of animal based foods. This actually includes all meats and dairy.
Here are some simple things you can do to decrease your risks:
Eat a mixed salad and lots of vegetables
Over 125 published scientific papers have shown the exceptional protective effect of the brassica vegetables on lung cancer and other cancers. These brassica veggies including watercress, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli sprouts, brussels sprouts, arugula, and kale. All of these have been shown to fight cancer by a combination of inhibiting carcinogenesis, excreting carcinogens via liver detoxification, inducing death of cancer cells, and inhibiting tumors! Consuming 500 grams per day (about 4 cups) can cut your risk of various cancers by up to 50%. There is nothing more powerful you can do to protect yourself against cancer than to eat lots of lightly steamed green, yellow and red vegetables every day.
A number of other impressive studies have also show that green tea inhibits the growth of the human lung cancer cell line. Of all the teas, green tea is most recognized for its ability to reduce angiogenesis or blood flow to the tumor. Now there are lots of choices of green or white in any market place.
For those of you who can’t imagine washing down brassica veggies each day with your green tea, there are nutritional supplements that contain the active ingredient in brassica veggies [Indole-3-Carbinol (I3C) ] and green tea (EGCG). Ask for information about these products at your local health food store. But it is ultimately better to get them fresh.
Don’t forget zinc, selenium, & vitamin C
Mineral tests on lung cancer patients have shown lower levels of selenium and zinc. These two important and protective antioxidants are found in brazil nuts, almonds, and seafood. Another powerful antioxidant is N-Acetyl Cysteine which is available from health food stores.
My Brother Peter Brodhead is a well respected nutritionist who has put together an extensive list of foods and supplements that reduce cancer risk and help cancer survivors. Download his Cancer Nutritional Support paper which contains an amazing coverage of nutritional advice that mostly comes from Donald Yance Centre for Natural Healing.
More information about the connection between diet and cancer can be obtained at: American Cancer Society web page on diet.
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