Selenium Against Cancer

September 13, 2004

Consuming selenium on a daily basis can reduce the risk of eight types of cancer by up to 76% scientists said last week. Selenium can help prevent cancer of the liver, lung, prostate, brain, pancreas, kidney, esophagus, and stomach by blocking the formation of the tumor. Selenium also fights tumors once they appear and improve the chance of survival. Dr Margaret Rayman of the University of Surrey told the British Association festival of Science in Exeter as reported by ProQuest Information and Learning Company on September 9th that people should aim for a daily intake of about 200mcg of the mineral selenium. This cuts risk by about 46% for lung cancer and 76% for prostate cancer according to studies.

Blueberries Stimulate Neurons that Keep the Brain Young

Old brain cells cannot communicate with other brain cells very well. Blueberries have compounds that strengthen the brain by taking advantage of its vast redundancies. The blueberry compounds boost cell signals that help turn systems back on that help the memory and other cognitive skills. Eating blueberries and a diet rich in deep pigments from fruits and vegetables can preserve the brain and its function and boost the activity of the brain cells. James Joseph who uncovered the powerful antioxidant effects of blueberries and Colleagues at the USDA have connected blueberry consumption in rats and mice to fewer incidences of Alzheimer's type disease and less inflammation associated with arthritis. Other berries have activity to - strawberries improve particular cognitive tasks, blueberries address other memory problems, and dark grape polyphenols are also protective of brain function. The Tufts University researchers have also shown that feeding blueberries and strawberries to rats before exposing them to radiation (a major player in accelerating aging), protects the rats and they suffer fewer adverse effects. James Joseph has recently co-authored a book "The Color Code; A revolutionary Eating Plan for Optimum Health. This information was reported in the September 6th Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Vitamin C helps improve Circulation of Smokers

A study of healthy young men, some smokers (please don't smoke) and some nonsmokers showed that smokers had poorer blood flow to the heart. After taking a 2,000mg dose of vitamin C the circulation to the heart of smokers became on par to that of nonsmokers. The study ism published in the August 2004 issue of the American Heart Journal

Commentary by Jerry Hickey, R.Ph.

This study shows how damaging smoking is and that these smokers will surely become unhealthy. It also shows the dramatic benefits of vitamin C at a strong enough dosage to compensate for pollutants and toxins. Other nutrients that aid smokers are Resveratrol, L-Arginine, Taurine, Astaxanthin, Mixed Tocopherols, Green Tea EGCG, and Spirulina.