Different Pathways To Safeguard Against Breast Cancer
We have all heard of painting the town red, but for the month of October we are painting the town pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. You see the color in so many places, especially in sporting events as part of the athletes' uniforms.
We can find support for those with breast cancer especially this month as we ramp up the annual campaign across our country to increase awareness of this deadly disease.
According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in women, surpassed only by lung cancer. Most of us have family or are friends of someone who has been touched by breast cancer.
In order to look for anything positive in the face of such a challenge, we must look toward the great advances that medicine has made in the early detection and treatment of this disease. Tests and exams help detect the disease in people who do not have obvious symptoms.
Most doctors feel that early detection tests for breast cancer save thousands of lives each year. Speak with your doctor to be sure that you are getting the exams and screenings that are appropriate for your health. The question remains: What proactive preventive steps can we take to improve and protect our breast health every day?
CoQ10 — Coenzyme Q 10 is a vitaminlike substance and a powerful antioxidant. It is also referred to as Ubquinone, a quinone (a type of coenzyme) and exists everywhere in the body. It plays a critical role in the production of energy in all our cells. It helps with circulation, stimulates the immune system, increases tissue oxygenation and assists with healthy aging.
Vitamin D3 — According to Prescription for Natural Healing, vitamin D3 "is important in the prevention and treatment of breast and colon cancer, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and enhances your immunity."
IP6 — Insoitol hexpahosphate has powerful anti-cancer properties and is a potent antioxidant. IP6 acts to neutralize the damaging effects of free radicals on our cells. It has been shown to enhance immunity by boosting the activity of natural killer cells. These immune system cells are called lymphocytes and are the body's first line of defense. Ip6 also helps with DNA functions such as cell division and repair. For general health, IP6 helps with healthy glucose metabolism, heart health and renal function.
Zyflamend Breast Health — The New Chapter product is a unique herbal formula that takes a holistic approach to breast health. This product promotes detoxification and healthy hormone balance. It supports the immune system and regulates the body's natural inflammation process and reduces cell stress with antioxidants. Two capsules provide the active compound of one serving of broccoli, a vegetable shown by research to support breast health and detoxification.
Green Tea or EGCG — The primary polyphenol in green tea may reduce the risk of breast cancer. The compounds found in green tea are natural antioxidants that may prevent cell damage. Green tea can be enjoyed hot or cold in two or three cups per day or taken in capsule form. Green tea does contain caffeine about 25 milligrams per cup and may not work for those sensitive to caffeine. According to breastcancer.org. laboratory and animal studies of EGCG have been shown to limit the growth of breast cancer and other types of cancer.
It seems that in every article I stress how important healthy eating is because it is important. Putting it into perspective, the Chicago Tribune reported Oct. 7 that "the American Cancer Society for the first time ever is now confident enough in the research to issue guidelines encouraging more attention to exercise and diet to help maximize health and reduce breast cancer reoccurrence."
Most doctors and those in the nutrition field will recommend a plant-based diet, a diet full of phytochemicals found in green vegetables and fruits. These photochemicals have health promoting properties of vitamins and nutrients and protect you from cell damage. You always want more of whole real foods, vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, legumes, lean protein and fish.
My wish is you have an abundance of good health and happiness.
Maryann Raiola is a certified holistic health counselor and owner of the Organic Warehouse in Bartonsville. She has worked with integrative modalities as well as health and nutrition for 15 years. The focus of her work is to help clients feel better in their bodies and make empowering food and lifestyle choices.http://www.poconorecord.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20121019/NEWS13/210190362/-1/NEWS16