Unfortunately when dealing with cancer prevention there isn’t just one pill you can take, neither is their just one thing you can do to effectively prevent all cancer forms.
Try many of the following preventive measures, which in recent studies have shown significant benefits in the prevention of cancer. In each case, the type of cancers for which the action is best suited is revealed.
Sip some Tea
Real tea- not herbal tea- contains powerful antioxidants called catechins that help protect proteins and cellular DNA from oxidative damage that can lead to cells becoming cancerous. In laboratory studies, catechins stop tumors from growing and protect healthy cells from damage. And in population studies researchers find that people who are regular tea-drinkers have half the risk of developing some cancers as those who don’t drink the liquid at all, or who drink it less frequently. This preventative step is best for the prevention of Stomach and Esophageal Cancers.
Switch to Olive Oil
You probably already know about this fat’s famous potential for reducing heart disease; but it’s also a great way to elude cancer. Researchers identified oleic acid (the main component of olive oil) as having the ability to reduce the effect of an oncogene (a gene that will turn a host cell into a cancer cell). Not all olive oils are equal. Extra Virgin Olive oil contains the greatest concentration of naturally-occurring antioxidants, while “virgin” olive oil or products just labeled “olive oil” have undergone filtration and purification. These processes yield oil milder in color, aroma and flavor, appreciably lower in beneficial antioxidants. This preventative step is best for the prevention of Colon, Breast, ovarian and prostate cancers.
Supplement with Vitamin D and catch some rays
Several studies find that the sunshine vitamin reduces the risk of numerous cancers. But while you can get vitamin D from supplements and food sources, it takes sunlight to activate the vitamin, which collects in your skin.
In studies researchers found that women with vitamin D levels of more than 800 IU a day from diet or supplements had a 19 percent lower breast cancer risk than those getting less than 400 IU. Studies also find that people in sunny climates are far less likely to develop solid tumors like stomach, colorectal, liver, gallbladder, pancreatic, lung, and prostate cancers than those from northern climates.
But Sunlight exposure = skin cancer, so the key is to increase your vitamin D levels while still keeping sun exposure to a minimum. Here is how you can do it.
Avoid Direct Sunlight between 10am and 4pm. The sun’s UV rays are the strongest between these hours, so It’s best to spend time outdoors outside of these hours on warmer days. If you’re spending an afternoon at the beach, you’ll want to pull out your beach umbrella and seek shade during this time frame. It is still possible to produce vitamin D from sunlight while in shaded areas.
Wear a Wide Brimmed hat. Your ears, face and neck are most sensitive, and susceptible to sun burns, which is why wearing a wide brimmed hat in the sunshine is no so much a summer fashion accessory, but a safety precaution against UV Rays.
Wear light layers of clothing. If you’re spending the entire day in the sun and you can tolerate wearing light layers of clothing, such as loose fitting, light, woven shirts, you can block most of the sun’s UV rays, while still absorbing helpful amounts of vitamin D. However, think layers such as sweaters and tight fitting tops are more likely to block UV rays completely, which you’ll want to avoid if you’re looking to increase your vitamin D intake.
Wear a broad spectrum sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection – but not just any sunscreen. It’s heavily debated whether sunscreen is actually good for your skin, or does more harm than sun exposure itself based on the chemicals some types of sunscreen contain. The truth is, applying broad spectrum sunscreens with UVA and UVB protection before and during sun exposure is crucial for preventing cancer (caused by UVB rays) and premature aging of the skin (caused by UVA rays).
Follow a Cancer-preventing Diet
The link between cancer and nutrition is so powerful, there is even a medical journal devoted to just that topic.
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