June 17, 2013
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Combat Cancer Naturally
In the United States, prostate cancer is the second deadliest form of the notorious disease, behind only lung cancer. It is estimated that almost 240,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year alone. And one in six will be diagnosed at some point throughout his lifetime.
Groundbreaking research has shown a simple way for men to drastically improve their ability overcome this lethal condition.
“Consumption of healthy oils and nuts increases plasma antioxidants and reduces insulin and inflammation, which may deter prostate cancer progression,” said Erin L. Richman, the study’s lead author and post-doctoral scholar at the University of California, San Francisco’s Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.1
Once again, research has revealed that foods–not synthetic drugs and medications–are capable of fighting disease.
Food’s Effect on Prostate Cancer
Of the more than 4,000 subjects observed in the UCSF study, 1,064 died throughout the period of research. The primary causes of death were cardiovascular disease (31 percent), the existing prostate cancer (21 percent) and other cancers (nearly 21 percent).2
Even though it is estimated that almost 30,000 men will die from prostate cancer this year in the United States alone, somehow, the relationship between a patient’s diet and his prostate cancer had not been examined until now.
“The beneficial effects of unsaturated fats and harmful effects of saturated and trans fats on cardiovascular health are well known,” Richman said. “Now our research has shown additional potential benefits of consuming unsaturated fats among men with prostate cancer.”
The men in the study who replaced the refined carbohydrates in their diets with healthy fats simultaneously reduced their risk of death. More specifically, these men “had a 29 percent lower risk of developing lethal prostate cancer and a 26 percent lower risk of dying from all causes.”
The low-fat food craze has been thoroughly debunked over the past 10-plus years. Healthy fats are now less frequently confused with the damaged, trans fats that clog your arteries and cause inflammation, heart attack and stroke.
Avocado, coconut, extra virgin olive oil, and raw nuts and seeds provide the body with energy and do not cause spikes in blood sugar levels. They even cushion your vital organs and help your body absorb vitamins. (Canola oil, contrary to popular belief, is not on the list healthy fats.)
Fighting Cancer with Food
Working healthy fats into your diet is not as difficult as it sounds.
Researchers observed that both a single tablespoon of olive oil and a single serving of raw nuts was enough to sufficiently decrease risk of death due to prostate cancer. Richman even suggests simple solutions like swapping out the slice of cheese on your sandwich for a serving of avocado. She also recommends using oil-based dressings instead of processed ranch or blue cheese.
Your opportunities to make healthy upgrades to tradition meals are endless. The Maximized Living Nutrition Plans book is overflowing with recipes that minimize refined carbohydrates and emphasize healthy fats and proteins. The Advanced Plan specifically calls for the elimination of all grains and sugars from your diet for one month. This time allows your body to soothe inflammation, repair hormones and restore health and healing.
By choosing your fats wisely, you are choosing to take a postive role in your personal health.