Vitamin D Again and Again

Vitamin D may sound simple enough, but do not underestimate the effects of this vitamin. As other vitamins are, Vitamin D is linked to the prevention of several diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes. However, recent breakthroughs in research have shown that this vitamin has much more potent powers against cancer. Easily, vitamin D is cancer’s worst foe. How is this even possible?

The effects of vitamin D in preventing cancer and slowing down cancer development are still unclear. However, several studies are suggesting a relation between vitamin D and cancer growth rates. Earlier research showed that there were lower death rates in areas that had higher sun exposure, as to those with lower sun exposure. Because exposure to the ultraviolet light from the sun leads to the production of vitamin D, researches hypothesized a connection between the two.

Vitamin D helps the body use calcium and phosphorus to make strong bones and teeth. While it can be obtained from certain foods and dietary supplements. including fish oil eggs, and fatty fish, it is acquired primarily through exposure of the skin to sunlight, where the UVB rays are the most crucial.

Theories that link vitamin D deficiency to cancer have been tested and confirmed in over two hundred epidemiological studies, and understanding of its physiological basis stems from more than two thousand, five hundred laboratory studies.

Studies have shown that there was about seventy seven percent reduction of any kinds of cancer, after they have been administered with vitamin D.

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Green Tea Wonders

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The Chinese may have been on to something when drinking green tea daily had become part of their daily routine and culture, and swore on this mild-tasting herbal drink for any maladies one may encounter. As it turns out, green tea possesses nutrient properties that can help in the prevention of cancer.

Green tea is made by steeping or brewing the dried leaves of the Asian plant Camellia sinensis, and is taken among Asia as a regular health drink. Green tea is the most popular drink in Japan and China.

Green tea is believed by Chinese and Japanese culture to have health benefits, including boosting their immune system, improve health and well-being, as well as increasing their energy levels. This is due to the antioxidants that the tea leaves naturally possess, that have the ability to fight free radicals, as well as protect cells from any damage to the DNA.

More than fifty epidemiological studies that tackle the association of drinking tea with lowering cancer risks have been published over the last eight years. The results of these studies have often been inconsistent, but there have been connections made that show reduced risks of cancers of the colon, prostate, ovary, lung, and breast. These inconsistencies may be attributed to the variables such as differences in tea production methods, quality of leaves, and kinds of tea that were used.

Some of these studies point to a chemical, EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate), the most abundant and active catechin found in green tea, that may be responsible for its cancer-preventing power. EGCG could be one of the most powerful anti-cancer compounds ever discovered due to the high number of antioxidants.

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Magic of Garlic

Wonders of Garlic

Have you ever thought that garlic breath might actually benefit you in preventing cancer? While it may be really stinky as the odor is left to be desired, recent research studies have suggested that the same sulfur compounds in garlic may also stop cancer-causing substances from forming in your body, speed DNA repair, and kill cancer cells.

Several research, including population studies that study population groups and the patterns of a cause, incidence, or spread of a disease, show an association between increased intake of garlic and reduced risk of certain cancers, including stomach cancer, colon cancer, esophagus cancer, pancreas cancer, and breast cancer. In San Francisco, California, a study showed that risk of acquiring pancreatic cancer was fifty four percent lower in people who consumed larger amounts of garlic, as opposed to those who ate lower amounts. Moreover, in Iowa, another study showed that there is a possible correlation between garlic and colon cancer risk in women. Those women who ate the highest amounts of garlic had a fifty percent lower risk of colon cancer, compared to those women who consumed the lowest amounts of garlic.

Garlic is part of the allium family, which are vegetables. Garlic can be broken down into four different supplements such as: Garlic essential oil, garlic oil macerate, garlic powder, and garlic extract. However, the most effective preparation of garlic in combating cancer is leaving peeled garlic cloves to sit for fifteen to twenty minutes before cooking, in order to release the sulfuric compounds of garlic.

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The Fight Against Breast Cancer

Fight Against Breast Cancer

Among the different kinds of cancer, breast cancer is one of the most common, and the second most prevalent cancer among women in the United States, where it is estimated by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, that one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer.

At present, over two million women in the United States have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Though cancer is usually traced through medical history, research shows that eighty five percent of cancer patients do not have a family history of cancer, which means anyone is susceptible to this disease. Fortunately, a brighter side to this is that breast cancer is one of the most easily preventable forms of cancer. Extensive research done by other cancer facilities show that when diagnosed early, people suffering from breast cancer will have a ninety eight percent survival rate. Hence, regular monitoring by being aware and knowledgeable of the symptoms of breast cancer will come in handy, for any self-examinations of malignant lump

However, while breast cancer is most commonly associated with women due to its prevalence of cases, not a lot of people know that men are also susceptible to being diagnosed with breast cancer, however, this is a much rarer form. This is due to the fact that all humans are born with breast tissue, yet this tissue does not grow among males during puberty, unlike females. However little their breast tissue may be, it can still be enough to develop cancer.

There are ways to prevent the onset of breast cancer. These include:

  • Breastfeeding your newborn babies
  • Reducing or eliminating alcohol intake
  • Avoiding or reducing exposure to radiation
  • Exercise at least four hours a week
  • Get enough sleep

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Berry-Good

Berries as Super Fruits

Aside from being very good fruits that can help you lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle, berries possess much more potent health benefits that can help you in the long run. Among all the foods claimed as “super foods” that can help prevent cancer, berries may be the most powerful of them all, as well as the sweetest.

It is the phytonutrient content of the berries that is responsible for this effect, called ellagic acid. Ellagic acid can be found in berry seeds, where numerous studies have proven that people who eat foods that have a high content of ellagic acid are three times less likely to develop cancer, than those who consume little to no amounts of ellagic acid. What is even greater about this is that unlike other nutrients, cooking does not affect or deplete the nutrient properties of ellagic acid, so you can reap the best health benefits of berries through a variety of recipes.

Moreover, berries are known to be super rich in antioxidants, as these antioxidants can offer protection against cancer, and other diseases caused by free radicals. Other nutrients that can be found in berries include: vitamin C, vitamin A, fiber, folate, flavanoids, that can also help fight cancer.

Blueberries are among the most powerful sources of antioxidants, including anthocyanosides, one of the most potent antioxidants that can fight cancer. Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C, which can help reduce risk of acquiring esophageal cancer, and is instrumental in boosting your immune system. Raspberries also include flavonoids, which when combined with fiber, can be helpful in preventing disease and maintaining a healthy heart.

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The Truth about Comfort Women

Comfort women were really known during world war two during the Japanese height. Comfort women in Japanese translation means ianfu or euphemism. This is when Japanese Imperial Army forced women and girls into sexual slavery in countries they’re occupying which include Philippines and Vietnam.

Nowadays, the number of comfort women, even Vietnam Comfort Women, still increases due to its large market. In modern times they can be also known as prostitutes who commonly work in beer bars or night clubs. They sell their bodies so they could earn and in return give pleasure to their customers.

It is hard for the women or girls to give in to this easily since they are giving away their dignity and morale. But due to poverty others really resort to this type of job even though they are exposed to a lot of diseases and hazards.

Vietnamese Comfort Women

To what diseases do these women expose themselves to? A good example is the STD or sexually transmitted disease. This can be associated to AIDS or HIV which carefully destroys the immune system of the body and then exposes the body to different type of sickness most specially cancer. A person without immune system can easily be contracted with cancer as the body tends to accumulate more free radicals which are the agents causing cancer. The range of cancer they are exposed too are numerous and that at any body part it can start.

Stop STD

In a personal stand point, we cannot question why the women are doing this because it is their freedom of choice. If it is already inevitable to go in such business then might as well give some tips on how to prevent cancer in such choice of career. One is practice safe sex, ask the customer or partner to wear protection or condoms as this would greatly decrease the chance of contracting HIV. Second is to avoid oral sex as much as possible since it will greatly expose both individuals to the bacteria and liquids in the genitals. Last is as much as possible have a line-up of trusted customers which whom you know does not have HIV or is not carrying a disease which could be transmitted through intercourse.

But the best way to prevent this of course is to keep your virginity and dignity and find other ways to earn money rather than resolving to this type of industry.

 

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Lung Cancer – Exposure to Asbestos

Are you commonly exposed to asbestos because your workplace is required to use one? Or are you just normally exposed to asbestos because the environment around you uses it for construction purposes?

You might want to rethink where you live or how you dress in your work because asbestos is known to be one of the leading causes of lung cancer aside from tobacco or cigar.

Asbestos is used as a material in building walls especially of houses and small buildings since these structures does not make use of pre-casted walls. Walls are manually built using hollow blocks, and concrete materials wherein asbestos falls in. It is used to strengthen concrete and because it has fireproof properties it is mixed in concrete to further make it fire resistant.

Deadly Asbestos

Once asbestos materials are disturbed, it releases small fibers in the air and when this is inhaled it can stay in the lungs for a very long period of time. This then can cause serious lung problems especially heavy breathing. Also with this, it has been classified as a carcinogen. High doses of asbestos may result to lung cancer and mesothelioma, a rare cancer which is found in the chest and abdomen section. Studies also showed that individuals who are exposed to asbestos has a higher risk of getting gastrointestinal cancer and colorectal cancer.

How can workers or individuals that are exposed to asbestos be protected? Workers need to follow all protective equipment that is required by their employers. There is a specific respirator or mask that must be worn in order to avoid asbestos fibers from being inhaled. Also there are seminars provided by the employer on how to properly handle asbestos. These procedures must be strictly followed in order to lessen the risk of individuals being exposed to asbestos.

 

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Think Again About Tanning

Thinking of staying under the sun for you to tan in the summer season? Are you not contented with your skin that you want it tanner than your normal complexion? Maybe you want to think again because you might just get skin cancer when you leave your skin roasting under the sun.

Too much Tanning

Here are some terminologies to consider to be knowledgeable on skin cancer.

  • Melanoma is a type of cancer that starts in a certain type of skin cell.
  • Keratinocytes are the main cells of the epidermis. These are the cells that create the important protein keratin which protects our skin.
  • Melanocytes are the cells that can become melanoma. These make a brown pigment called the melanin which then gives our skins the tan color.
  • Melanin is the one protecting the deeper layers of our skin from harmful effects such as the sun. When skin is exposed to the sun, melanocytes make more pigment this then makes our complexion darker.

In general, the more melanoma, the more risks of getting skin cancer. Once, the melanin protecting our skin makes more melanocytes because it is trying to protect our skin from the sun’s harmful effects. This then translates to us getting darker and the darker we are the higher risk of contracting skin cancer.

But this doesn’t apply to everyone as each race is born with different skin complexions. The common notion is that the darker skin complexion you have the luckier you are because you have a natural protection against the sun and that there is already a high amount of melanin which naturally protects the skin.

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Jacking Up on Vitamin D

Sources of Vitamin D

Vitamin D is a special vitamin which is commonly obtained from some foods and dietary supplements. Studies suggest that with higher levels of vitamin D in the blood can reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.

Vitamin D is the name given to a group of fat-soluble prohormones. It helps to make use of calcium and phosphorus to make strong bones and teeth. Skin that is exposed to sunshine can make vitamin D but always take not that there is only a certain amount of time that our skin is advisable to be under the sun. It can also be obtained from certain foods.

Research shows that incidence and death rates for certain cancers were lower in individuals that are living in the southern part of the planet because levels of sunlight in these areas are relatively higher than those that are living in the north. Sunlight produces vitamin D which scientists believe play a big part in reducing the risk of cancer.

A number of epidemiologic studies have investigated whether higher vitamin D leads to lower risk of specific types of cancer. But the studies are still inconsistent because there are a lot of challenges in proving that it is true. Although inconsistent, tests show that vitamin D is effective in reducing colorectal cancer but among women according to research even if they take an average of supplements for 7 years still did not have the reduced incidences of colorectal cancer.

Whether the studies on vitamin D is true or not, experiments that show that somehow it reduces a specific type of cancer tells us that there is a future in further research on this. Still the best is that taking in a lot of vitamins to prevent cancer.

 

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Coffee Might Just Save Your Life

Ever thought that your favorite drink in the morning might just save your life from the risks of cancer? A lot of research has been circulating around claiming that coffee being an anti-oxidant reduces the chances of you getting the dreaded disease. Here are some fun facts that researchers claim that coffee can do to prevent cancer:

Brewed Coffee

 

  1. Drinking more than 4 cups of coffee a day decreases oral and head cancer by 39%.
  1. Women who drink more than two cups of coffee a day has a lesser chance of getting uterine cancer.
  1. Men who drink 6 cups of coffee a day reduces the risk of prostate cancer by 60%
  1. Generally drinking at least 5 cups of coffee a day prevents different types of brain cancer by 40%
  1. At least drinking 2 cups of water a day reduces the risk of colon cancer by 25%
  1. Drinking 3 cups of coffee a day may prevent certain types of breast cancer
  1. Coffee drinkers have 41% lesser chance of getting liver cancer

 

Although these claims of coffee being an agent in preventing cancer, there are factors to consider such as, a person being allergic to coffee or a person not able to digest coffee properly. These studies also made use of natural brewed coffee as substance and not the usual cheap coffee powder.

So if there’s one drink to stack up on it certainly must be coffee. Or you can now go to your nearest coffee store and start drinking up some coffee not only to wake you up but more importantly to lessen the risks of getting cancer.

 

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