|Cancer Prevention Strategies
A diet that provides all of the antioxidants and vitamins we need is ideal. Let's face it, we all need a little help with our diets. And it is impossible to eat some amounts of the foods necessary to provide the levels required for the optimum effects. The following supplements are recommended for their proven efficacy in cancer prevention.
Vitamin A acts as a potent antioxidant by destroying free radicals in the body. It works to fortify mucous membranes and acts as a barrier for bacteria and carcinogens. It is essential for protein synthesis and normal cellular growth.
A deficiency of this vitamin has been linked to the development of cancer. It is a fat-soluble food factor and can be toxic if over dosed. Sources of this vitamin are dairy products. Recommended daily dosage: 5000 IU VitA
Vitamin E acts as a potent antioxidant and is thought to be responsible for correcting abnormal levels of progesterone to estradiol. Improvement in this ratio can decrease the risk of mammary (breast tissue) dysplasia. (The early changes we see in breast cancer development.) Excellent sources of this vitamin are wheat germ, whole grains, lettuce, and liver. Recommended daily dosage: 800 IU VitE
Vitamin C acts as a potent antioxidant as free radical destroyer thought to inhibit the formation and growth of cancers. Vit C inhibits the production of the enzyme thought to be responsible for cancer cells ability to break up normal cells and therefore infiltrate normal tissues. It is also required for tissue growth and repair. Excellent sources of Vit C are lemons, oranges, and green peppers. Recommended daily dosage: 5001000mg VitC
Selenium inhibits the action of chemical substances and viruses that cause cancer. It facilitates the quick repair of free radical damage to DNA. In addition to its own antioxidant properties, it is essential for the production of glutathione another important antioxidant. It requires adequate levels Vit E to be effective and can be toxic if over administered. Recommended daily dosage: 150200mcg Selenium
CoQ10 plays a crucial role in cellular energy metabolism. It is a powerful antioxidant and cancer fighter. It ignites ATP, the body's basic unit of energy that runs our entire body. Recommended daily dosage: 100200mg CoQ10 (Should be taken with meals for best absorption.)
Flaxseed is an Omega 3 essential fatty acid and has proven anti-cancer properties. It is also an excellent source of fiber. Flaxseed in the ground husk form has the greatest benefit. Recommended daily dosage: 12Tbsp Flaxseed Husks
These are recommendations for prevention of the formation of cancer. If you are currently undergoing treatment with chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Please do not take these supplements unless cleared specifically with your treating physician as they may interfere with the effects of the chemotherapy and radiation therapy.