In a world where we’re surrounded by oncologists saying that diet doesn’t matter — or worse, that supplements only offer patients expensive urine — I’m always thrilled to come across research that proves this attitude very, very wrong.
Because the truth is, your nutritional status does affect your cancer risk. And even the simplest choices can have a profound influence.
How profound? Well according to one recent study on selenium and prostate cancer, it could mean the difference between a low-risk, slow-moving disease…and a deadly diagnosis.
Researchers looked at levels of this trace mineral in more than 25,000 Danish men. They identified 784 cases of prostate cancer, which they followed for the next five years.
And they found that the higher the subjects’ selenium level, the lower the risk of aggressive prostate cancer. (Not to mention a lower risk of all-cause mortality.)
Just as a reminder, aggressive forms of prostate cancer typically trigger aggressive treatment — like surgery or radiation — as opposed to just watchful waiting.
So if there’s a chance you could avoid invasive, life-altering treatment for a potentially lethal form of prostate cancer, simply by ensuring that your selenium status is up to snuff…doesn’t it just make sense to do so?
The answer is a no-brainer in my book. Especially when you consider some of selenium’s other notable uses — from preventing diabetes to warding off deadly heart disease to stopping cervical cancer in its tracks.
That’s why I recommend taking at least 75 mcg of selenium per day. (A little goes a long way, here.) But you can also get a boost of this critical nutrient by sneaking more mushrooms, Brazil nuts, and seafood (tuna, salmon, cod, halibut, shrimp) into your diet.