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Cancer Fighting Nutrients

Doctor David Williams' newsletter for March is full of suggestions for preventing cancer. I already wrote an article in the healing section about the connection between bras and Breast Cancer . Here are some other suggestions from Doctor Williams that I found in that same newsletter.

"Animal research has shown for years that low levels of selenium are directly related to the development of various cancers of the breast, liver, and prostate. The latest research shows this relationship appears to be the same in humans as well."

So Dr. Williams first suggestion is that we add selenium to our diets. And the easiest way to do that is by eating Brazil nuts, which are one of the very richest sources of selenium. They're also delicious. I've been eating one Brazil nut every day for years. Williams says you should be getting 400 mcg of selenium daily. An ounce of Brazil nuts contains 800 mcg (micro-grams) of selenium.

Dr. Williams next suggestion is that you add glutathione to your eating regimen. It is an antioxidant, and a significant detoxifcation compound. "Glutathione also helps protect and regulate a tumor-suppression protein called p53 that is known to be involved in over half of all cancers. The p53 protein has the ability to completely stop the cell division in cancer cells, effectively destroying them."

Doctor Williams suggests that Whey Protein powder is a good source of glutathione, as is the supplement NAC. But here are two suggestions of my own that provide me with ample amounts of glutathione. The first is rice bran, a treasure-trove of valuable nutrients. I buy ENER-G rice bran at Whole Foods Market. An 8 oz boz costs about $3.50. (refridgerate after opening) My other long-time source of glutathione is Lewis Labs Brewers Yeast Buds. A 14 oz container costs about $12.00 at any health food store. I put a level teaspoonful in my mid-day juice. There are lots of wonderful nutrients in Brewers Yeast Buds or Flakes.

Doctor Williams next suggestion is the supplement, Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). "Women who develop breast cancer are routinely deficient in CoQ10. Not only is it a powerful antioxidant, but it appears to help destroy cancer cells by increasing metabolism and free radical damage inside the cancer cells themselves. Daily doses in the neighborhood of 300 to 400 mg of CoQ10 have resulted in either a partial of complete remission of breast cancer tumors."

Rice bran also contains significant amounts of CoQ10. Or you can buy it as a supplement.

Doctor Williams next suggestion is that we eat foods that contain bioflavonoids -- the nutrients which provide the green-blue-purple colors in foods. And he recommends that we also eat foods which contain carotenoids -- the yellow-orange- red colored veggies and fruits. "Bioflavonoids and carotenoids are essential in preventing and/or treating breast cancer."

Doctor Williams next suggestion is easy and inexpensive -- and very important. He strongly suggests that we add the spice, Turmeric, to our diet. Why? Because Turmeric, a spice from India, contains Curcumin, "which can inhibit the growth of estrogen-dependent, human breast cancer cells by up to 95 percent."

"Curcumin helps stop the spread of cancer by inhibiting new blood vessel formation. Turmeric is one powerful, anti-inflammatory, anti- cancer, immune-boosting compound that should be in everyone's diet." Make sure you get at least 100 mcg of Turmeric a day. I buy my Turmeric at the health food store in the spice-rack section. Simply Organic is a good brand.

Doctor Williams final suggestion is that you add omega-3 oils to your diet. Sources of oemga-3 oils are flax seed (my choice), fish, nuts, wheat germ, and pumpkin seeds. The omega-3 oils are rich sources of RNA and DNA, "which help boost the immune system, and provide the raw material the body needs to repair itself -- crucial if you want to prevent any form of cancer."

If any of those suggestions resonate with you, I hope you'll incorporate the needed foods and supplements into your eating-regimen. And please consider subscribing to ALTERNATIVES, Dr. Williams' monthly newsletter. It's worth its weight in gold.