Four essential nutrients to prevent cancer

Vitamin C is one of the most well researched nutrients on the planet. Scientific studies have
shown that diets high in fruits and vegetables – containing vitamin C – reduce the risk of
developing cancers of the pancreas, esophagus, larynx, mouth, stomach, colon and rectum, breast, cervix and lungs.
These studies show people who eat foods to get a high level of vitamin C have about half as much
cancer as those who have a low intake of these foods. Likewise, people with higher blood levels
of vitamin C tend to have a lesser risk of developing cancer than do people with lower
levels.

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Vitamin D – is known as the sunshine vitamin. Many studies have shown that vitamin D doubles
a breast cancer patient’s survival rate.
Researchers at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine have found that a
vitamin D deficiency can lead to aggressive prostate cancer. Additional research involved
taking human breast cancer cells and treating them with a potent form of vitamin D. Within a
few days, half the cancer cells shriveled up and disappeared.
Vitamin D, a steroid hormone, influences virtually every cell in your body and is easily one
of nature’s most potent nutrients to prevent cancer. Receptors that respond to vitamin D have been found in nearly every type of human cell.

Beta-carotene- is the precursor of vitamin A and has been known to inhibit cancers since the 1940s. In fact, there are over 200 studies showing positive benefit for beta-carotene in the prevention of cancer.
Studies suggest that those who eat 4 or more daily servings of fruits and vegetables – rich in beta-carotene – can reduce their risk of developing cancer. A study which started in the 1970s in Switzerland and lasted 12 years
concluded that men with a lower blood level of carotenoids had a higher cancer mortality rate.
In 1989, the University of Washington and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre linked high beta-carotene intake with lowered cervical
cancer rates. After clinical trials on prostate, cervical, colon, melanoma and breast cancers,
the United States Prostate Cancer Research Institute concluded there was “sufficient reason
to supplement with beta-carotene.”
So, we now have a greater reason to eat 5 to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables per day – including carrots, sweet potatoes, squash and lots of dark, leafy greens like, kale and collard
greens.

Curcumin- is the most active component in the curry spice turmeric. Researchers have found that curcumin changes the regulation of DNA to help kill cancer cells. It modulates genetic activity and expression so that both the initiation and proliferations of tumor cells are
inhibited.
Curcumin also helps the body destroys cancer cells by inhibiting the growth of blood vessels that feed tumors, thus decreasing metastasis.
Research has also shown that there are low rates of certain types of cancer in countries where
people eat curcumin at levels of about 100 to 200mg a day over long periods of time.

Obviously, there are many other ways to prevent cancer. Join the discussion – post your comments
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