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Food supplements benefits

Supplements can't cure cancer or any other disease. But supplements can complement a cancer treatment plan. As a matter of fact, they can enhance the actions of many drugs including chemotherapy and radiation. But using supplements instead of traditional care can be dangerous. Use, when appropriate, supplements and herbs recommended by your Registered Dietitian.

Garlic: Cancer Prevention
The first scientific report to study garlic and cancer was performed in the 1950s. Scientists injected allicin, an active ingredient from garlic, into mice suffering from cancer. Mice receiving the injection survived more than 6 months whereas those which did not receive the injection only survived 2 months.
Many studies showed that the organic ingredient of garlic, allyl sulfur, another active ingredient in garlic, are effective in inhibiting or preventing cancer development. Many observational studies in human being also investigated the association of using garlic and allyl sulfur and cancer. Out of the 37 studies, 28 studies showed evidence that garlic can prevent cancer. The evidence is particularly strong in prevention of prostate and stomach cancers. This particular study looking at the risk of stomach cancer was especially interesting. This study was conducted in China. Researchers found that smokers with high garlic intake have a relatively lower stomach cancer risk than smokers with low garlic intake.

A large-scale epidemiological Iowa Women's Health Study looked at the garlic consumption in 41,000 middle-aged women. Results showed that women who regularly consumed garlic had 35% lower risk of developing colon cancer.

Calcium and Magnesium
It is said that calcium and magnesium are crucial vitamin supplements. Even in a daily multivitamin, there is not enough calcium. Most women can only absorb 600 milligrams at a time, though you need 1,200 milligrams everyday.

Flax seed
Its high content of alpha linolenic acids has made the ancient flax seed become our modern miracle food. Alpha linolenic acid is a type of plant-derived omega 3 fatty acid, similar to those found in fish such as salmon.
 

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Benefits of flax seed as shown in many studies include lowering total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels. It may also keep platelets from becoming sticky, therefore reducing the risk of a heart attack.
Moderately include flax seed in your diet. Indeed, a lot of food products contain flax seed such as bread, cereal and bakery goods.

Bakers may use flax seed flour or include flax seed in baking.
Sprinkle ground flax seed on your cereal and salads.
Substitute flax seed mixture for eggs in home baking such as muffin and pancake.
Include in other recipe when nutty flavor is preferred.
Substitute flax seed oil for other oils.

Vitamin E is a type of antioxidant present in our foods which can prevent or slow the oxidative damage to our body. Vitamin E is not present in foods in mega doses. It can be found in nuts and seeds, whole grains, green leafy vegetables, vegetable oil and liver oil.
In a randomized study published in the April 6 2005 issue of the Journal of National Cancer Institute, researchers found that patients receiving a daily supplementation of 400 IU of alpha - tocopherol during and after radiation therapy were at greater risk of developing a second primary cancer while receiving supplementation. In addition, the rate of recurrence of head and neck cancer was also higher during supplementation. This unexpected adverse result really cautions us from taking supplements to prevent or treat cancer. We all know the benefits of eating antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables in promoting good health. On the contrary, high-dose supplements may not produce the same health-promoting effects we wish for.

Curcumin is highly recommended by some doctors. See Oncolog for more information.

Vitamin  D
It is rather difficult to reach the recommended 1000 IU of Vitamin D solely through food. Therefore we recommend Vitamin D supplements, particularly D3 supplements. However, it is wise to start including more Vitamin D-rich foods in your diet. One glass of milk contains 100 IU of Vitamin D. Other food source includes fatty fish and egg yolks.

Fish Oil
Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil may help maintain the body's healthy response to inflammation, preventing the immune response from getting out of hand and leading to cardiovascular disease, according to a study conducted by researchers from Baylor College of Medicine and Harvard Medical School, and published in the Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.

Soy
While some studies showed soy offers a protective effect against breast cancer, a few studies showed the estrogen-like effects in isoflavones may be harmful for women with breast cancer. American Institute for Cancer Research stresses that data on soy and breast cancer are not conclusive, and more work is needed to be done before any dietary recommendations can be made.
What we know at this point is the phytoestrogens in soy foods are "anti-estrogens." In other words, they may block estrogen from reaching the receptors - therefore potentially protecting women from developing breast cancer. Studies found that pre-menopausal may benefit from eating soy foods as their natural estrogen levels are high.
However, this may not be true to post-menopausal women. Studies found that soy could become "pro-estrogen" in women with low levels of natural estrogen. In other words, concentrated soy supplements may add estrogen to the body and hence increase breast cancer risk in post-menopausal women.

See Natural News for many interesting articles on supplements.
Also see here for more information.

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Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The products and information contained herein are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any diseases or medical problems. This is not intended to replace your doctor's recommendations. The information is provided for educational purposes only. Nutritional benefits may vary from one person to another.

 

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