Â Ref. 1 reported reduced risk for lung cancer among people taking vitamin E. Ref. 2 recommends increasing the RDA for vitamin E. Vitamin E does not have the toxic effects seen with radiation treatment (3). But vitamin E is by no means the only substance associated with lower risk for cancer. Some of this research is old (4). However, that does not mean that it isn’t valid. Perhaps it has just been ignored. Recent research also supports the role of vitamin E (5).
Â According to Ref. 6, vitamin C slows down cancer.Â Ref.Â 7 reportsÂ the same results in the layman’s language.
But What about the Drugs?
Â Ref. 8 is an expose on the drug companies. Ref. 9 by the same doctor also blasts the drug companies. Ref. 9 puts part of the blame on academic medicine for selling out to them.
Â Ref. 10 reports that vitamin B6 reduces the risk of colon cancer. The risk reduction was “moderately strong”. Similar results are given in Refs. 11 & 12. Ref. 13 also reports benefit from B6.
Â Where should you do your grocery shopping? Your best bet for cancer prevention is in the produce isle. Fruits and vegetables are your best bets for preventing cancer. They have fiber, which fights against colon cancer. They also have flavonoids and carotenoids. Flavonoids are plant pigments that are only found in plant foods. Carotenoids are also pigments. Beta carotene, which is yellow, is found in milk and butter as well as plant foods such as carrots, sweet potatoes, and orange fruits and vegetables including squash. Pick colorful fruits and vegetables including tomatoes, which contain lycopene. The colorful produce has these pigments. Lutein is considered good for the eyes. It is yellow, and it is in corn.
Â There are also other protective substances that are not completely understood. Some are in cruciferous vegetables. There is a theory that the mineral selenium helps prevent cancer.
Â Colorful berries contain flavonoids, which are thought to fight against cancer.
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