Sometimes, I feel compelled to take a step back from the latest cutting-edge supplements to highlight the good ol’ standbys. You know—the ones people either tend to ignore, or just plain forget about, in favor of whatever big breakthrough is in the limelight at the moment.
Because you know what? Newer doesn’t always mean better. And in fact, some of the most powerful natural cures out there are the ones that have been sitting right under our noses for years.
The good news is, these supplements are easy to find. And they don’t cost a fortune. Perhaps best of all, they can combat even lethal diseases like cancer—safely—and with a downright shocking degree of effectiveness.
Ward off the country’s fastest-growing killer
I first became interested in the use of selenium for cancer when I briefly worked with Dr. Emanuel Revici, who was one of the best alternative doctors in the field at the time. Using nutrition to prevent, treat, and reverse disease was still a fairly new concept back then. (I like to say I got my start in alternative medicine when it was still considered very “alternative.” And I’ve been fortunate enough to work with the very best in the field—including Dr. Revici.)
Dr. Revici’s entire philosophy for optimal health was built upon three cornerstones: high-dose selenium, dietary changes, and a constant check of the body’s acid/alkaline balance. In other words, selenium really should be a part of everyone’s nutritional supplement arsenal—whether you already have cancer or you’re simply trying to prevent it.
I touched on the power of this essential mineral in last month’s issue of Logical Health Alternatives—with a focus on its benefits against prostate cancer (“This miracle anti-aging mineral fights prostate cancer.” Simply log into the Subscribers section of my website, www.DrPescatore.com to revisit it). But selenium’s resume is a lot more extensive than that.
Consider a new study from a team of German scientists published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Before I reveal their findings, let me first remind you that selenium is a trace mineral typically present in soil. So, the amount of selenium in our fresh foods often depends on the selenium content in which it was grown.
Therefore, researchers looked at the effect of mineral-deficient soils and the role it plays in cancer, with a specific focus on cancers of the liver, gallbladder, and bile duct. After tracking the subjects’ health data for 10 years, they discovered selenium deficiency poses a very serious threat to your liver.
Results showed that subjects with the lowest selenium levels faced as much as 10 times higher risk of liver cancer, compared to their selenium-sufficient counterparts.1 And in an age when rates of this once-rare disease continue to skyrocket, we simply can’t afford to ignore this connection.
But there’s more: Selenium acts as a powerful antioxidant. It’s also responsible for tissue elasticity. So it’s an essential player in the effort to protect your skin from UV damage… and in preventing skin cancer (the most common cancer in the U.S.) as a result. And there are two ways to get more selenium—dietary sources or a supplement.
When it comes to diet, Brazil nuts just may be the best source of dietary selenium. And you don’t need to eat that many—just 3 to 4 nuts a day provides enough selenium for most people. Eggs, poultry, red meat, white bottom mushrooms, garlic, spinach and seafood (like yellowfin tuna, salmon, cod, halibut, shrimp) are also great sources.
Or, you could take a simple daily supplement containing 200 mcg of selenium per day. That’s just the right amount to keep your immune system healthy and your antioxidant stores up and running. Both are critical weapons in the fight against cancer.
Critical prevention lost to half the population
Magnesium is another ordinary mineral that’s not nearly as “sexy” as the latest industry darlings. But published research shows that it’s just as life-saving…even against deadly conditions like cancer.
A group of Chinese researchers reviewed data from eight different studies involving nearly 340,000 subjects. Results showed that people with the highest magnesium intakes benefited from an 11 percent lower risk of colorectal cancer.2
That’s a modest reduction. But it’s not insignificant. Especially when you consider the fact that more than 50 percent of the population doesn’t get enough magnesium.
And believe me, you don’t want to fall on the wrong side of this statistic. Magnesium plays a key role in a number of vital systems. It protects your bones, nerves, immune system, and your heart health, too. Research shows it can even cut your risk of death in half.
So how can you guarantee you’re getting enough? Your diet can make a big difference. Leafy green veggies, avocados, beans, and nuts (like pine nuts, almonds, or cashews) are all abundant sources of this important trace mineral.
But to err on the safe side, I always recommend taking a daily multivitamin with either 32 mg of magnesium orotate or 125 mg of magnesium taurate.
The sunshine secret that doubles your odds of survival
Vitamin D3 isn’t just for healthy bones anymore—it’s also the most critical form of protection against cancer you’ve got. In fact, when it comes to cancer, supplementing with vitamin D is a matter of survival.
Consider this recent study, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. Researchers analyzed 25 different studies, involving more than 17,000 cancer patients. And the trends they uncovered were game-changing, to say the least.
Breast cancer patients with the highest vitamin D levels had a 37 percent lower risk of dying. Colorectal cancer patients had a 45 percent lower mortality risk. Among lymphoma patients, the mortality risk dropped by more than 50 percent.3
In fact, for every 4 ng/ml increase in blood levels of vitamin D, there was a 4 percent increase in overall survival time. And higher D levels also correlated with higher disease-free remission rates.
Recently, the British Medical Journal published a study that exposed the detrimental effects of D deficiency. Among people with a history of cancer, low levels of vitamin D3 increased mortality risk by a whopping 70 percent.4
Yet another recent study found that men with vitamin D deficiencies face more than double the risk of positive prostate biopsies.5 Severely deficient levels also significantly boost the odds of aggressive, high-risk prostate cancer.
So needless to say, you should find out your current levels. If your doctor hasn’t given you a 25-hydroxyvitamin D, or 25(OH)D test recently—or ever—make an appointment and ask for one now!
Just bear in mind, most labs will indicate that a level of 30 ng/ml is sufficient. But that just isn’t good enough. I like my patients’ levels to be between 80 and 100 ng/ml. And you’ll most likely need to supplement with at least 2,000 to 5,000 IU of D3 per day to maintain those levels.
However, I often prescribe as much as 10,000 IU of vitamin D3 every day to my patients—and I take 10,000 IU every day myself. This higher dose is particularly necessary in the winter, when sunlight exposure—a main source of vitamin D—takes a nosedive.
Now I know that this dose looks pretty high, but I assure you, it’s very safe. And if you’re working closely with your doctor—as you should—there’s really no reason to take any less. Just make sure to keep regular tabs on your levels, and work with your doctor to adjust your dose accordingly.
I test the blood levels of my D-deficient patients every six weeks until they get where they need to be. And I test the rest of my patients quarterly, at a minimum.
For an added boost of D, the following foods are great dietary sources: eggs, liver, mushroom, oysters, and wild-caught salmon.
An affordable ally against the deadliest cancers around
Next on the list is a common, affordable, and surprisingly effective form of cancer prevention that no one ever talks about. At least, they don’t usually talk about it.
But thanks to some newly published research, the life-saving benefits of zinc actually made a few headlines recently.
Researchers from the University of Texas at Arlington recently found that zinc was able to block overactive calcium signaling in esophageal cancer cells—impeding their growth, while leaving healthy cells intact.6
This would be a major discovery for any type of cancer. But for cancer of the esophagus—which carries a five-year survival rate below 20 percent—it’s nothing short of groundbreaking. And it’s not the only finding of its kind…
One previous study found that nearly 65 percent of subjects with head and neck cancer were zinc deficient—and suffered reductions in natural killer cell activity because of it.7 And that’s a major loss considering these types of immune cells are your first line of defense against cancer…
Plus, these researchers found zinc status to be a better indication of tumor size and disease stage than overall nutritional status.
It might be hard to believe that a single nutrient could have such a profound effect on the course of disease—but given what we already know about zinc’s role in cancer prevention, it actually makes perfect sense.
Zinc is an effective anti-inflammatory that ensures your body’s natural tumor-fighting defenses are in tip-top shape. And its powers of prevention aren’t limited to head, neck, and esophageal cancers.
Healthy levels also appear to play a protective role against colon, bladder, kidney, and non-melanoma skin cancers.8-10 Research even shows that, among carriers of the lethal BRCA-1 gene, women with higher zinc levels were significantly less likely to develop breast cancer.11
Unfortunately, conventional medicine is notorious for ignoring zinc’s importance. So your doctor isn’t likely to be proactive about assessing your status. But there is a test available. It’s called an RBC mineral screening. And it measures the levels of zinc, magnesium, potassium, chromium, copper, manganese, and calcium in your blood.
You’ll want your results to be in the “upper normal” range. But if you find your zinc levels are low, getting a boost is simple.
First, make sure to include plenty of high-zinc foods in your daily diet. You have a lot of options—including red meat, eggs, nuts, and shellfish.
But because your body can’t store this trace mineral very efficiently—especially if you’re over 60—I urge you to supplement with at least 30 mg of zinc per day, along with 1 mg of copper for good balance.
So there you have it—simple, all-natural strategies to preventing, treating, and reversing some of the deadliest forms of cancer. And all it takes are some easy additions to your diet and supplement routine.
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My simple cancer-crushing protocol
Be sure to pack these four stand-by supplements into your cancer-fighting arsenal. Take the following daily:
Selenium – 200 mcg per day
Add to your diet: Brazil nuts, eggs, mushrooms, poultry, red meat, and seafood, spinach, and yellowfin tuna
Magnesium – 32 mg of magnesium orotate or 125 mg of magnesium taurate (preferably in a multivitamin)
Add to your diet: Avocados, beans, leafy green vegetables, and nuts (pine nuts, almonds, or cashews)
Vitamin D3 – 10,000 IU to achieve normal levels; followed by 2,000 to 5,000 IU for maintenance
Add to your diet: Eggs, liver, mushroom, oysters, and wild caught salmon
Zinc – 20 mg, along with 1 mg of copper
Add to diet: Eggs, nuts, red meat, and shellfish
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