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Slash Your Breast Cancer Risk With Fiber

Posted by naturalhealthmd on April 8, 2007

Fiber is one of the most important nutrients we can consume as humans. If makes sure our body is getting rid of the waste we have and allow for a smooth and well working instestinal tract. Below is an article I found to be very effective at speaking of breast cancer and how it relates to fiber:

A diet rich in fiber can halve the risk of breast cancer among young women, according to a new study by Leeds University. Cereal fiber, such as that found in whole bread and cereals, was found to be particularly effective.
“[This] study further highlights the importance of eating a healthy diet for reducing the risk of cancer,” said Ed Yong, information officer for Cancer Research UK.

Researchers found no significant effect, however, on the breast cancer risk of post-menopausal women. Janet Cade, who headed the study, says that this is why no one has noticed the effects of fiber on breast cancer before.

“Previous research hasn’t shown a convincing link between increased dietary fiber and the lower risk of breast cancer,” Cade said. “But earlier studies didn’t draw any distinction between pre- and post-menopausal women.”

According to the study’s authors, there are three possible reasons for the anti-cancer effects of a high fiber diet: First, fiber has a stabilizing effect on the body’s insulin levels. High insulin levels have been shown to contribute to the risk of cancer. Second, high-fiber foods also tend to be rich in other essential nutrients, including those with antioxidant properties.

Third, and perhaps most relevant, dietary fiber reduces the levels of estrogen in the body, which has been shown to correlate with the risk of breast cancer. These levels are higher in younger women, which may explain the age split that researchers discovered.

According to the study, pre-menopausal women should eat at least 30 grams of fiber per day to reduce their cancer risk. By contrast, the American Dietetic Association recommends a minimum of 25 grams per day for a 2,000-calorie diet.

Breast cancer is the second most fatal cancer among women, after lung cancer. Between one in 13 and one in nine women will contract it at some point in their lives.

The study was funded by the World Cancer Research Fund and published in the International Journal of Epidemiology.

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2 ways to cut prostate cancer risk by 50% or more

Posted by naturalhealthmd on April 4, 2007

Prostate Cancer is among one of the leading problems facing men today. Not to mention it takes as much energy to get the courage for a prostate examination as it does to lift 500lbs on the bench press. We don’t like thinking about it and avoid it all together at times. However, it is a serious issue; if left unprevented or even untreated, it can lead to other problems and even death.

Here are two ways to be sure you can get the chance of getting prostate cancer by 50%, and you can feel better about knowing your are doing something to prevent this disease.

1. Eat Tomatoes. Eating two servings of tomatoe sauce per day can cut your risk of prostate cancer by 23% in one study.

Tomatoes contain a substance called lycopene. Lycopene is the part that actually helps with prostate cancer. So, add tomatoe sauce ( 2 servings) or tomatoe slices to your sandwich daily to help prevent prostate cancer.

2. Drink 1 glass of red wine per day. By drinking 1 glass of red wine daily, you can cut your chance of prostate cancer by 50%.

Red wine contains a substance called Resveratrol, which is the key ingredient in helping fight not only prostate cancer, but cancer in general. It must be noted that Red Wine is the key here; not white wine.

* Please note: Drinking red wine made with organic grapes is much better off for getting the resveratrol.

Drink your red wine and eat your tomatoe sauce for a better prostate. 

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