Fun in the Sun: You’ve heard the sun causes cancer, right? Well, you’ve heard wrong, because the vitamin D your body makes from sunlight can actually prevent cancers, including the deadly melanomas blamed (incorrectly) on too much sun exposure. Unless you spend plenty of time outside, get between 5,000 IU and 10,000 IU of vitamin D3 each day. Some people will need even more.
Go Green: Green tea gets so much press for its cancer-fighting power that it’s tempting to believe this is a triumph of marketing over science. But for once, there’s plenty of substance behind the hype, because the polyphenols in green tea can prevent or fight any number of cancers. In one new study, green tea drinkers had a lower risk of cancers of the colon, stomach, and throat. In other studies, green tea has shown that it can help prevent or beat cancers of the bladder, lung, pancreas, breast, prostate, ovaries, and more. Clearly, there’s something brewing here.
The ‘A’ Team: Speaking of melanoma, one recent study found that 1,200 mcg a day of vitamin A cut the risk of the disease by 74 percent in men and women older than 50. One of the best sources of A is the farm-fresh butter you’ve been told not to eat. Eat up!
Drink Up: Wine is famous for its cancer-fighting antioxidants. But if you don’t like wine, feel free to drink some whiskey instead. Single-malt Scotch has even higher levels of a cancer-fighting antioxidant called ellagic acid than red wine. Even beer, especially darker brews, contains cancer-fighting nutrients. Keep the habit moderate, and you’ll also slash your risk of everything from heart disease to dementia. I’ll drink to that!
I’ve got one more for the list, but it’s not something you take. It’s something to avoid. And it’s something that’s a huge part of the typical U.S. diet, which is precisely why cancer is on the rise like never before.
Sugar is practically Miracle-Gro for many types of tumors. In fact, at least a third of all tumors contain insulin receptors. That means the more sugar you eat, they faster they can grow.
The sweet stuff may even turn a harmless slow-growing tumor into a certified killer… and what makes this so much worse is that you may not even know you have a sugar-eating tumor until it’s too late.
Of course, there are plenty of other ways to help slash your cancer risk. Everything from broccoli to beta-carotene can help, depending on which form of the disease you’re looking to avoid.
Do your homework, and if you know you’re at risk for certain cancers, speak to a naturopathic physician about the nutrients that can help slash that risk. I suggest one of my fellow members of the American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM).
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