The importance of trace minerals in the cancer fighting diet cannot be over stressed. Research has shown that women with Breast Cancer tend to be low in 3 primary trace minerals: Selenium, Vanadium and Zinc. In fact, all 3 trace minerals have been proven to induce cancer when the body doesn’t have ample mineral concentration.
Selenium is an important nutrient for a cancer fighting diet.
Research suggests that selenium affects cancer risk in two ways. As an anti-oxidant, selenium can help protect the body from damaging effects of free radicals. Selenium may also prevent or slow tumor growth. Certain breakdown products of selenium are believed to prevent tumor growth by enhancing immune cell activity and suppressing development of blood vessels to the tumor.
Selenium is found mostly in plant sources, meat, seafood and some nuts.
Vanadium is another vital trace mineral in an anti-cancer diet.
Vanadium is a trace mineral found in tiny amounts in plants and animals.
Rajarshi Sankar Ray et. al., (2006) vanadium had chemopreventive properties and has been considered as an important pharmacological agent. In his study, they evaluated the apoptogenic role of vanadium on human breast cancer cell line. In other words, he was testing to see if cancer cells died when exposed to Vanadium.
Exposure of breast cancer cells to vanadium led to breast cancer cell death in a dose-dependent manner. Percentage of cancer cell death was maximum (42.5%) at the highest non-toxic dose (250 μM). It was found that vanadium treatment brought about a significant amount of breast cancer cell death. This study demonstrates that vanadium has the potential as an anti-cancer drug.
Last but not least is Zinc which should be incorporated in the cancer fighting diet.
Zinc is an essential mineral that is naturally present in red meats, poultry, beans, nuts, whole grains and dairy. Zinc is used as a catalyst in over one hundred (100) enzymatic reactions in the body. Zinc is critical for healthy functioning of the Immune System and the cancer fighting diet.
A classic sign of zinc deficiency is white spots on one’s nails.
According to the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, “Nutrient needs should be met primarily through consuming foods. Foods provide an array of nutrients and other compounds that may have beneficial effects on health. In certain cases, fortified foods and dietary supplements may be useful sources of one or more nutrients that otherwise might be consumed in less than recommended amounts. However, dietary supplements, while recommended to people who show deficiency one should not assume that taking a multi mineral will improve their health. One needs to determine if they are in-fact deficient, before one starts on a hyper-mineralization diet.”
Consider having a hair analysis or a bio-energetic scan done to determine if you are in fact suffering from mineral deficiencies. Since women with Breast Cancer tend to be found deficient in these 3 important trace minerals, consider making them a part of your cancer fighting diet.
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