Researchers from the Ponce School of Medicine in Puerto Rico, conducted a study which showed taking vitamin and calcium supplements possibly decrease the risk of breast cancer as much as forty percent. Their studies findings were presented at the annual meeting of American Association of Cancer Research.
Lead researcher Jamie Matta, PhD, professor of pharmacology, physiology and toxicology, states that these effects are not immediate. You just cannot take a vitamin today and expect the risk to be decreased by tomorrow. However, they did witness a long term effect in breast cancer reduction.
In this study conducted researchers participants included 457 healthy women and 268 who had breast cancer, all of these women had taken vitamin and mineral supplements for the last five years. All women had answered a questionnaire regarding which vitamins and minerals they had taken, how often they had taken them and if they were still taking them.
Researchers then had taken blood samples from each woman and measured her DNA’s ability to heal its-self from the damage.
Matta states that this process involves a minimum of five separate pathways and it is vital for keeping genomic stability. When the DNA does not become fixed it leads to mutation which then leads to cancer.
Researchers had discovered that calcium supplements greatly heightened a woman’s DNA restoration range. The calcium supplements had also lessened the risk of breast cancer by forty percent along with vitamin supplements.
Women who had a low DNA fixing capacity, breast cancer in family history and no history of breast feeding all had the possibility to suffer more from breast cancer. When researchers modified for calcium effects on DNA repairing ability, they discovered a very small remaining effect on breast cancer.
This seems to advocate that calcium aides in prevention of cancers by furthering DNA’s ability to revive from the damage. The system by which vitamin supplements guarding the body from cancer were not concluded.
Dr. Manuel Bayona, Professor and Interim Director, Public Health Program and co-writer of this study states the value of this discovery they can now oversee breast cancer risk using DNA repair capacity
The researchers believe that all women should be taking vitamins and supplements. They now can establish if that administration is really working in the reduction of breast cancer.
Dr. Victoria Seewadlt, professor of medicine, oncology, of Duke University remarks the significance of this study is that is concentrating on normal doses, the suggested amounts of vitamins and not high doses.
Professor Matta stressed that by combining vitamins it guards better against the disease but emphasized that further research is still needed.
Vitamins, supplements and herbs
Vitamin D deficiencies have been linked with a heightened risk of around twenty cancers including breast cancer. A study published in the Epidemiology, Bio-markers and Prevention have shown a decrease risk of breast cancer with vitamin D.
Multivitamins and calcium supplements may also aide in the prevention of breast cancer.
Garlic or garlic supplements not only boosts the immune system but the allyl sulfur compounds have been reported to aide the body in riding the cancer causing chemicals and possibly can reduce cell growth.
Seaweed contains nutrients which aide the body in regeneration due to the organic iodine can be absorbed at faster rates. It aides in the fight against asthma, diabetes, fibromylagia and cancer. Some manufactures suggest three capsules each day.
Green tea has shown in research that in countries such as Japan, where it is drank on a regular basis, the populace seems to have lower cancer rates. Experts do believe that three cups of green tea each day can aide in the prevention of breast cancer by as much as fifty percent due to its high antioxidant content.
Olive oil in early studies have shown that in it aide in fighting a cancer gene that is liable for twenty-five to thirty percent of all breast cancer cases. This monounsaturated fat aides in the suppression of tumor activity and it is the only added fat that has never been linked to increased risk of cancer.
Turmeric has been discovered to decrease estrogen and can block cancer causing toxins. Researchers have discovered has aided in stopping metastasis of breast cancer cells to the lungs in mice. One teaspoon daily has been shown in the reduction of tumor growth. You can get it as a supplement or mix the powder form into salads for a daily dose.
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