Posts Tagged Breast Cancer
October 22, 2014
by: Elizabeth Renter
August 7, 2012
Scientists have found a promising link between vitamin D and breast cancer, with the vitamin shown to reduce breast cancer risk. However, they say their findings only apply to vitamin D in supplement form, according to Reuters.
Link Shown Between Vitamin D and Breast Cancer Risk Reduction
Researchers found that women who consumed vitamin D in a pill had a 24 percent lower risk of developing breast cancer. But those who got their vitamin D in their food didn’t see the same results. While they don’t say why they think this is, it could be because those using supplements are simply getting more of the vitamin on a daily basis.
The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, looked at 3,101 breast cancer patients and 3,471 health women, analyzing their diet and supplementation habits. There was no link established between dietary vitamin D consumption (or calcium consumption) and breast cancer. The link was only obvious in women taking more than 400 IU (international units) of vitamin D every day.
The researchers say more work is needed to determine exactly how much vitamin D is needed and to determine how it works. However, we do know that breast tissue cells have receptors for vitamin D, “raising the possibility that the nutrient could help regulate the division and proliferation of these cells.” And while the researchers don’t draw a connection between vitamin D and breast cancer when the vitamin comes from food sources, including the vitamin in a diet for breast cancer patients via foods naturally rich in vitamin D in addition to supplementation will only boost prevention.
Interestingly, the research gives no attention to getting vitamin D from the sun. It’s estimated that the body of the average light-skinned person creates about 20,000 IU of vitamin D3 (the most concentrated form) after one 30-minute, total body exposure to the summer sun at noon. In a darker skin person, the amount of D3 produced is about 10,000 IU.
You don’t need to sunbathe for hours to accumulate vitamin D, but getting outside for some sunshine during the day will increase the body’s natural creation of vitamin D, providing a wealth of vitamin D health benefits that could even reduce your risk of cancer.
July 25, 2012
by: Dr. Scott Graves
July 20, 2012
According to a study published in Breast Cancer Research, it is suggested that male breast cancer has been on the rise for the past 15 years. A study in the 2004 Journal of Toxicology, found that “18 out of 20 breast tumors contained significant concentration of parabens.” This study did not conclude a link between them and cancer; however, it raises red flags.
A paraben is a synthetic chemical preservative that is used in wide variety of personal care and cosmetic products. They prevent the growth of bacteria and also help products to last longer on the shelf. One report estimates that they are used in over 13,200 products on the market today. Before being altered, they actually are formed from an acid (p-hydroxy-benzoic acid) found in raspberries and blackberries.
by: Elizabeth Renter
July 16, 2012
More research shows how omega-3 fats should be included in a diet for breast cancer patients. Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil have been repeatedly linked to breast cancer prevention and even in positive treatment results. Scientists say more research is needed, as they commonly do, but the findings thus far are promising and definitely make a good argument for adding high quality sources of omega-3 fats to your diet.
Diet for Breast Cancer Patients and Omega-3 Fats
These fats are called essential, not because they are important or necessary (though they are), but because your body doesn’t produce them on its own, so it is essential that you get them in your diet. Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in fatty fish, nuts, and some plant sources.
One study looked at women who regularly use fish-oil supplements, the most common omega-3 supplements on the market. It found that women who took the supplements daily had a 32% reduced risk of developing the most common form of breast cancer.
The study selected just over 35,000 post-menopausal women and interviewed them about their supplementation practices. After following the women for six years, 880 had developed breast cancer, but the risk was definitely lower for the fish-oil consumers.
Another related study examining the inclusion of omega-3′s in a diet for breast cancer patients examined the relationship between omega-3 fats and breast cancer outcomes. It found that women who consumed the most EPA and DHA (omega-3s) had a 26 – 28% reduced risk for breast cancer recurrence than those women who consumed the least amount of the fats.
by: Elizabeth Renter
July 11, 2012
According to a Spanish study, a little bit of olive oil could go a long way in protecting people from breast cancer. The flavorful oil is a cornerstone of the Mediterranean Diet, and perhaps with good reason. Olive oil contains numerous health benefits which make it a must-have in every kitchen, so why anyone wouldn’t want to use olive oil for health is a mystery.
Olive Oil for Health
According to Spanish scientists from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, olive oil doesn’t just have a single effect on cancer cells, but stages a “multi-pronged attack,” says The Daily Mail.
It stunts tumor growth, causes tumor cells to “implode,” and protects against cancerous DNA damage – no wonder people are using olive oil for health and not only for taste.
They recommend you get 10 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil each day. For someone not used to consuming olive oil, this could seem like a lot. However, if you add it to a salad at lunch and cook with it at very low temperatures at dinner, your requirement could easily be met.
The oil doesn’t just prevent a gene that encourages the development of breast tumors, it “switched off proteins that cancer cells rely on to stay alive.”
Breast cancer prevention isn’t the only benefit of this oil. It’s been shown to have amazing health benefits including a decreased risk of heart disease and improved vascular health. It can aid in the reduction of cholesterol and even lower blood pressure.
In amounts as small as one to two tablespoons a day, extra virgin olive oil has anti-inflammatory benefits. It can improve digestive health by slowing the growth of bad bacteria in the intestines, preventing infections and possibly ulcers.
Perhaps most fascinating, is that olive oil can help improve cognitive function, especially among the elderly. Visual memory and verbal fluency are positively affected by regular consumption of the oil. It may also offset brain problems like an unbalanced nervous system.
All research says extra virgin olive oil (evoo) can provide more health benefits than other varieties. This variety is obtained from the first pressing of the olives. Basically, evoo is more concentrated than those that come from later pressings. So, you may need to spend a bit more for the best health benefits. It would also be most beneficial to buy organic evoo, as organic food has consistently risen above conventional – with one example being organic tomatoes outranking conventional in recent research.
How can you use evoo? A better question would be how can’t you use it. Use it on salads and with raw vegetables, sauté with it. If you are a meat-eater, it is a great marinade base. For pasta, a little olive oil and fresh vegetables make an amazingly simple sauce.
There are countless ways to cook with evoo and to get the benefits of this flavorful oil. Use olive oil for health? You bet.