Researchers at the National Cancer Institute predict that the number of breast cancers diagnosed will increase 50 percent by the year 2030.
Not so coincidentally, experts say that levels of vitamin D have been decreasing over concerns about skin cancer due to sun exposure. In fact, researchers at the University of California in San Diego recently revealed that women with low levels of vitamin D are at a higher risk of developing breast cancer.
“Breast cancer is on the rise so one reason could be a lack of vitamin D,” says Marissa Weiss, founder of Breastcancer.org. “We know that vitamin D keeps bones strong and it has an important role in normal cell growth.”
But lack of vitamin D is just one part of the puzzle that many health experts say could lead to improved prevention of breast cancer. And, by the way, this advice applies to both men and women. Wek now that breast cancer affects one in eight women but the potentially deadly disease also attacks men. The American Cancer Society estimates that this year, 2,550 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in males, killing 480.
“The best way to fight cancer is to do everything you can to prevent it,” natural health expert Cheryl Myers, R.N. tells Newsmax. “Stopping inflammation and enabling the cells of the body to develop naturally is a key strategy.
“There are several ways to protect yourself from cancer,” adds Myers. “First, eat clean foods including a variety of fruits, nuts, natural oils and vegetables along with organic meats, fish or vegan protein sources. Secondly, get up and move several times a day even if it’s only a 15-minute walk.”
While eating well and exercising can help reduce inflammation, often supplementation is required for maximum benefit. Here are four of the most powerful cancer-fighting supplements:
*Curcumin. Curcumin is a powerful anti-inflammatory that stops cancer cells from forming, kills existing cancer cells and prevents them from spreading. Myers recommends the supplement CuraMed 500 mg. for maximum absorption. “While you can get curcumin by using the spice turmeric in cooking, it contains only about 5% of curcumin.”
*Pomegranate Seed Oil. Pomegranate seeds have powerful anticancer properties and chemicals. In one cellular study, punicic acid from pomegranate seed oil showed dramatic antitumor effects and inhibited cancer cell proliferation or spreading in up to 95 percent of breast cancer cells.
*Grape Seed Extract (OPC). Grape seed extract is high in oligomeric proanthocyanidin complexes or OPC’s which have excellent antioxidant activity and are known cancer fighters. It also suppresses the ability of the highly malignant and fast-growing triple negative breast cancer cells to migrate and invade other parts of the body.
*Vitamin D. Clinical research has shown that over 75 percent of breast cancer survivors were vitamin D deficient. And other studies conclude that high levels of vitamin D may reduce the risk of breast cancer by a whopping 50 percent. “Still other research confirms that vitamin D is able to enter breast cancer cells and trigger apoptosis, the destruction of cancer cells,” says Myers.
“People on statin drugs to lower cholesterol levels may not know that they are also lowering the raw material in the body that makes vitamin D. And people in northern latitudes have a difficult time getting the 15 to 30 minutes of sun exposure recommended to create this important vitamin. Therefore, supplementation is recommended to obtain optimum levels to fight breast cancer. Ask your health care provider to test your levels of vitamin D and recommend a good supplement if needed.”
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