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Could you prevent this deadly disease?

2011 June 3
by camillaellis

Are you doing more harm than good?


There are many carcinogeneic substances out there that can harm and effect your body.  You can do everything to protect yourself as much as possible from those but in todays society it is difficult to eliminate them all.  But its not all bad news, lifestyle is a huge contributing factor, by exercising regularly, eating a huge amount of vegetables and fruits can help (organic of course).  The biggest impact you can have on your body is increasing your antioxidants and I recommend taking a balanced anitoxidant supplement.  Free radical form within your body and damage your cells, the lipid membrane, muscles and organs.  This damage to your cell can start to cause cancer.  Antioxidants bind with this free radical to change its function and make it something we can use.  Whats important is that these antioxidants are taken together and that the over use of one or an imbalanced consumption of either vitamin C or vitamin E can actually increase exposure to free radicals, this is how it works:


Free radicals are a necessary process of your immune system, however when these free radicals get out of control they damage the lipids and proteins in cell membranes.  Free radicals have an extra electron and react readily with DNA, protein and lipids.


Strong antioxidants include:


  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin C
  • Selenium
  • carotenoids


Free radicals, such as hydroxyl radicals, superoxide anions and hydrogen peroxide readily oxidize DNA, proteins and lipids. Reaction with unsaturated fatty acids (i.e. in membrane phospholipids) starts a chain reaction generating more free radicals. Defenses against free radicals include intracellular enzymes(some require selenium or manganese), water-soluble antioxidants (including ascorbic acid), and fat-soluble antioxidants (such as beta-carotene and alpha-tocopherol). After reacting with a free radical, vitamin E becomes an oxidant itself that can generate more free radicals. Ascorbic acid must regenerate the oxidized tocopheryl to prevent harm. Tissue enzymes then have to regenerate the oxidized ascorbyl radical. Excessive or imbalanced consumption of either vitamin C or vitamin E may increase exposure to free radicals.


Foods to avoid:


  • Processed meat: the nitrates that are added to meat to form processed meat, nitrate is used as a preservative in meat, poutry and fish
  • Fertilizers for vegetables contain nitrate
  • Our interstinal bacteria converts nitrate to nitrite
  • Vitamin C inhibits this formation
  • Frying or charbroiling, when fat drips on the coals the carcinogenic smoke contaminates the food
  • Any smoked meat
  • Smoking
  • No exercise
  • Obesity
  • alcohol


Cancer prevention:


Fiber from plant foods act as a bulking agent to reduce carcinogenic concentration on the intestinal mucosa.  Recommended intake for women is 25g/day and men 38g/day, examples are fruits (eg apples), vegetables (eg beans), grains (eg brown bread). Eating foods rich in folate and dietry fiber, antioxidants and  generous fruit reduces your risk of cancer.


Food carcinogens that cause DNA mutations include:

  • Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH)-particularly charbroiling, fat dripping on coals.
  • Heterocyclic amines (HA)-form in meat, poultry and fish during frying or broiling.
  • Nitrosamines-already present in foods or form in stomach when nitrite reacts with protein.
  • Nitrite comes from foods (usually cured meats) or from nitrate (in overfertilized vegetables).


How cancer works:


  • Enzymes play an active role within your body.
  • Phase I enzymes changes the DNA within your cells to become carcinogenic, activate carcinogens by hydroxylating them.
  • Phase II enzymes within the liver and intestine detoxify many of the synthetic chemicals and carcionogenic compounds for it to be excreted within the bile and urine.
  • Many vegetables contain these phase II enzymes, such as broccoli, cabbage, onions, cauliflower, cress, radishes, garlic, onions and leeks.  When cooked these enzymes die.
  • Therefore eating these vegetables as raw as possible helps in the prevention of cancer.


In society these days you don’t often think about your health until ‘something happens to you’, the best cure for cancer is prevention but not everyone can be bothered with this.  The World Health Organisation has stated that 85% of cancers are down to lifestyle with 50% being due to dietary choices.  When someone gets cancer what is the first thing they do? They change their lifestyle, but a lot of the time its too late!  Don’t end up one of these statistics, opt for a better lifestyle now!


We are all aware of the dangers of smoking and excessive drinking and know we should exercise more and eat healthily. But do we?  How do we eat healthily? How do we get better nutrition? How do we get more energy? Do that with ‘The Body Objective’


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