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Natural Cancer Prevention Strategies

Cancer is a multi-stage, cumulative disease that results from chronic damage to healthy cells. At any given time, it is believed that people can have cells in a precancerous stage. Factors such as diet, environment, and lifestyle habits can either halt the progression of, or promote, tumor growth. Therefore, the best approach to cancer prevention involves a chemoprotective diet and limiting/avoiding cancer promoting substances.

Your diet is one of the most important weapons you have against cancer. Studies show that eating a diet rich in colorful fruits and vegetables can significantly reduce your cancer risk. While we know that heredity is a major factor in cancer risk, it has been shown that up to 70% of cancers are related to a poor diet. Eating processed and refined foods fails to provide the body with critical cellular nourishment. However, eating a healthy diet full of nutrient rich, whole foods can provide antioxidants, fiber, and other vital nutrients for cell protection. Cruciferous vegetables in particular, (broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, radish, cabbage, kale, etc.) contain compounds that protect against carcinogenesis by protecting DNA and enhancing detoxification. Other beneficial foods include berries, nuts and seeds, dark leafy greens, citrus, tomatoes, grapes, avocado, celery, asparagus, garlic, onions, and whole grains.

High quality nutritional supplements work synergistically with food to provide additional targeted support. Studies show that curcumin, DIM, green tea, resveratrol, quercetin, CoQ10, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins C, D, and E, selenium, zinc as well as select mushrooms aid the immune system, fight inflammation, and have anticancer effects.

Beyond diet and supplements, some other critical components of cancer prevention are avoiding harmful chemical carcinogens such as tobacco, synthetic hormones, environmental/household toxins (pesticides, industrial-by-products, heavy metals, food additives, synthetic chemicals in body care products), and radiation as well as minimizing nutrient depleting medications.

While cancer may appear to strike suddenly, it does not just happen overnight. In fact, cancer generally develops over a lifetime. Even though you cannot change your genetic predisposition, there are many factors that you can control to reduce your cancer risk.

 

 

Article written by Margo Gladding, MS, CNS, LDN

Margo Gladding is an herbalist and licensed nutritionist who teaches classes and provides private consultations at Ellicott City Pharmacy. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Master of Science degree in Herbal Medicine. She currently serves on the Maryland State Board of Dietetic Practice. Margo has over 7 years of experience working in an integrative pharmacy and loves helping people learn more about nutrition and herbs.


Nov 07, 2012 | Category: Diet, Health, Lifestyle, Nutrtion, Oncology | Comments: none | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

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