"Nutriceuticals" That (Allegedly) Protect Against Hormonal Cancers (Including Cancers of the Breast and Prostate)

Who Needs "Nutriceuticals"?

What Happens As We Age?

Can We Affect This Process? Or Is It Written In Our Genes?
   
It's partially, if not primarily environmental. Compare your skin that's been exposed to the sun to skin that's been protected from the sun. Or compare the skin of a sixty-year-old heavy smoker with the skin of someone who hasn't smoked.  Clearly, environmental exposure has a lot to do with aging.
   
Unfortunately, most peolpe don't know or think about this until it's too late.

Why Take This?

What to Take How Much Where to Find It
Vitamin D 400 IU a day Walmart's "OneSource" multivitamins
Natural Vitamin E (4 
tocopherols + 4  tocotrienols)
Two 400 IU capsules a week GNC (Parkway Place) natural Vitamin E
Selenium 200 mcgs. a day Walmart's "OneSource" multivitamins
Coffee Most people get enough  
Aspirin or ibuprofen* Baby aspirin a day  
Chocolate (best if fat-free) ?  
Green tea ?  
Black tea ?  
Lycopene Cooked tomato sauces Domino's Pizza
Fish (tuna, salmon, mackerel)** Two servings a week Fresh at Publix
Soy "meat", cheese, milk Ad libitum Publix, at the edge of the produce section. mozzarrela, sausage, burgers
Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower All you can enjoy Piccadilly's tastes pretty good.
Blueberries A few tablespoons a day Publix' frozen foods (N. side, S. aisle)
Strawberries 4 or 5 large a day Publix' frozen foods (N. side, S. aisle)
Orange One a day Publix
Old-fashioned oatmeal One ounce? Publix
Legumes (beans) Two servings a week Publix
Low-fat blueberry yogurt 2 or 3 times a week Publix
Yellow vegetables All you can stand Publix(Piccadilly's tastes pretty good).
Purple grape juice, or red wine A glass a day Publix, for Welsh's grape juice

* - It was thought that aspirin helped prevent heart attacks by acting as an anti-coagulent. It's now thought that inflammation throughout the body is also quite harmful, and that anti-inflammatory agents such as aspirin and ibuprofen may primarily act by combatting inflammation. (Other agents such as fish also have anti-inflammatory properties.)
** - Tuna and mackerel can contain high levels of mercury, dioxin, and PCB's, but for some reason, salmon doesn't. 
     Winn Dixie on Oakwood (and maybe, on Whitesburg) sells farm-raised salmon
     Of course, canned salmon is also a possibility. What you're seeking are the omega-3 fatty acids, which are vital to the nervous and cardiovascular systems. Fish also contains taurine, which, allegedly, softens arteries.


Vitamin D:
 
Walmart's "OneSource" multivitamin tablets include 400 IU
    Sunlight is also a source of vitamin D,  although it ages your skin. Note:  Calcium drains vitamin D from the body. We need calcium, but it's a drain on vitamin D supplies. (Note that vitamin D can be toxic above 2,000 IU a day.)
Natural Vitamin E: 
GNC's (Parkway Place) natural Vitamin E
 
   For the past 30 years, most vitamin E capsules have contained only synthetic d-alpha-tocopherol (one of the four tocopherols that make up natural vitamin E). However, it has recently been discovered that gamma-tocopherol may be more important than the alpha form of vitamin E, and that different tocopherols address different metabolic requirements. And still more recently, it has been discovered that the four tocotrienols also have very important purposes. One of the tocotrienols is more effective than tamoxifen in preventing breast cancer. Another tocotrienol is the only agent so far discovered that reverses arterioclerosis. Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin that tends to be hard to get in food. The recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) is 30 IU. I'm suggesting 400 mg. twice a week (in addition to 60 mg. a day in the Walmart OneSource multivitamin tablet).
Selenium:  Walmart's "OneSource" multivitamin tablets include 200 mcg. 
    Ample selenium levels have been fairly well-established as a cancer preventive measure
Lycopene:  Cooked tomato products. Eat all you want. Lycopene is a recently identified antioxidant in cooked tomato products that lowers cancer risks in Mediterranean countries such as Italy where a lot of cooked-tomato products are consumed.
Fish:  Fish contain the omega-3 fatty acids, such as eicosaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), that are found in fish but not in other meats. They also contain significant portions of amino acids such as taurine.
Soy: 
Asiatic diets, where hormonal cancers are relatively rare, are high in soy. Recent studies have suggested that eating soy during adolescence lowers the incidence of breast cancer among adults. However, soy contains phytosterols that mimic estrogen, so it may not be indicated for the prevention of breast cancer. (I need to further investigate this.)
Broccoli, Cauliflower, and Cabbage:  These cruciform vegetables that your mother tried to feed you contain sulfhydrals that protect against colon cancer, and may also be protective against cancers of the breast and prostate. Of course, broccoli also protects against stomach ulcers, as well as delivering a wealth of valuable nutrients.

Wed Aug 28 12:16:47 2002 Pacific Time

      Eating Soy During Adolescence May Reduce Breast Cancer Risk in Adulthood; University of Southern California Study Shows Link Between Diet, Cancer in Asian-American Women

       LOS ANGELES, Aug. 28 (AScribe Newswire) -- Eating soy foods on a regular basis - especially during adolescence - might lower the risk of breast cancer, according to preventive medicine researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and colleagues.
       Asian-American women who consumed soy foods on a weekly basis during their teen years and adulthood had about half the risk of developing breast cancer compared to similar women who ate little soy during the same time periods, according to a study in the September issue of Carcinogenesis.
       Risk also was somewhat lowered for women who ate soy regularly during the teen years but consumed little during adulthood. However, preliminary data suggest little added benefit for women who ate little soy during adolescence but a high amount of soy during adulthood.
       "There has been a lot of talk and controversy about the Asian diet and connections between soy food intake and breast cancer. We wanted to look at soy very carefully, to better understand if soy by itself is protective or if the level of soy consumption is just a marker for acculturation," says Anna H. Wu, Ph.D. professor of preventive medicine at the Keck School of Medicine.
       Wu and colleagues conducted a case-control study of breast cancer among Chinese, Japanese and Filipino women in Los Angeles County, specifically looking at the importance of soy. From 1995 to 1998, they interviewed 501 Asian-American breast cancer patients and compared them to 594 healthy Asian-American women.  http://www.ascribe.org/cgi-bin/spew4th.pl?ascribeid=20020828.113732&time=12%2017%20PDT&year=2002&public=1

(To be continued)