Monday, May 15, 2006

Nutrients in the news...

People with higher levels of Magnesium, could reduce their risk of death from cancer by as much as 50 per cent, says a new study from France.

The research, published in the journal Epidemiology (Vol. 17, pp. 308-314), reports from the Paris Prospective Study 2, a cohort of over 4,000 men aged between 30 and 60 at the start of the study.

After 18 years of follow-up 339 subjects had died, with 176 due to cancer and a further 56 from cardiovascular disease (CVD). Serum analysis of magnesium, copper and zinc levels showed that highest serum level of magnesium (0.85 millimoles per litre or more) compared to the lowest level (0.76 millimoles per litre or less) was associated with a reduction in the risk of all-cause mortality, death from cancer, and CVD of 40, 50 and 40 per cent, respectively. High serum levels of this mineral were also linked to a 40 per cent lower risk of all-cause mortality, and a reduction of similar magnitude for cardiovascular deaths.
The research is important because dietary surveys show that a large portion of adults do not meet the RDA for magnesium, found naturally in green, leafy vegetables, meats, starches, grains and nuts, and milk.

Comment: I recommend taking between 600 mgs to 800 mgs total in supplement form along with eating more green vegetables.

High Fat Does NOT Increase Breast Cancer...
Fat phobia may be the height of fashion but it is junk medicine according to researchers who studied 88,795 women over the course of 14 years. They found that there was not one sign that a high fat diet was in any way associated with breast cancer.
Two very significant findings stand out:
1. Those who consumed the most unsaturated oils had the most breast cancer.
2, Those who consumed the most butter developed the least percentage of breast cancer.
Stearic acid, a component of dairy fat, was thought to be the protective agent for inhibiting
Go back to natural fats, particularly if you want to avoid breast cancer. Unsaturated oils are natural of course, but they have been denuded of their natural anti-rancidity protectant - vitamin E - during processing and thus change into a rancid product very quickly. Butter, olive oil, coconut oil and peanut oil are better in every way and DO NOT cause cholesterol levels to rise. Fat Facts...

The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports a study that indicates women who got 62 percent of their calories from carbohydrates were 2.22 times more likely to develop breast cancer than those who diet was less than 50 percent carbohydrate. Researchers believe their findings are based on the fact that carbohydrates raise blood sugar levels which prompts a surge of insulin, causing cells to divide and produce more estrogen, both of which can lead to cancer.

Christopher Wiechert, C.N.C.

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