Tomatoes and Cancer


Tomatoes and Cancer Prevention

Tomatoes are a delicious and nutritious fruit that has been linked to a number of health benefits, including a reduced risk of cancer. The key compound in tomatoes that appears to be responsible for their cancer-fighting properties is lycopene. Lycopene is a carotenoid, which is a type of antioxidant that can protect cells from damage.

A number of studies have shown that people who eat more tomatoes or tomato products have a lower risk of developing certain types of cancer. For example, a study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention found that men who ate the most tomatoes had a 33% lower risk of developing prostate cancer than men who ate the least tomatoes. Another study, published in the journal Cancer Causes & Control, found that women who ate the most tomato sauce had a 20% lower risk of developing ovarian cancer than women who ate the least tomato sauce.

In addition to prostate and ovarian cancer, tomatoes...

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MACA Cancer Impacts: the good and the concerning...

Maca root (Lepidium meyenii) extract is a worldwide consumed food supplement for sexual dysfunctions, increasing sperm production and its motility, and alleviating menopausal symptoms. Various bioactivities of maca include enhanced reproductive health, antifatigue, antioxidation, neuroprotection, antimicrobial activity, anticancer, hepatoprotection, immunomodulation, and improving skin health and digestive system's function.

MACA has not been well studied for its impact on cancer. Over all Brassica vegetables, such as mustard, broccoli, and MACA, is associated with decreased risk of developing cancer.
There is a laboratory cancer cell study showing ingredients in MACA decrease liver cancer and colon cancer cell growth.

But another laboratory cell study shows that high dose maca encourages triple negative breast cancer cells to metastasize.

In summary, at the time of publication MACA has not been studied in humans. Based on its known impact on hormones and laboratory cell...

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Prebiotics for Gut Microbiome and Cancer - Immune Therapy

Prebiotics provide nutrients that help your good bacteria (flora/microbiome) to grow in your gut. The good microbiome supports your immune system and helps your body fight cancer and infections.

Your gut microbiome supports hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, chemotherapy, immunomodulating therapy and cancer immunotherapy.

You get a lot of prebiotics from the following 11 foods.

  1. Chicory root
  2. Dandelion greens
  3. Jerusalem artichoke
  4. Garlic, Onions & Leeks
  5. Asparagus
  6. Bananas
  7. Barley
  8. Oats
  9. Apples
  10. Flaxseeds
  11. Seaweed

A couple of servings a day support the good bacteria in your gut. It would take a lot of supplement prebiotic capsules to get the same effect as a serving or two of food. 

Reference Sources Include
Wu H, Zheng X, Pan T, et al. Dynamic microbiome and metabolome analyses reveal the interaction between gut microbiota and anti-PD-1 based immunotherapy in hepatocellular carcinoma. Int J Cancer. 2022 May 17. doi: 10.1002/ijc.34118. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35579980. ...

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Sugar and Cancer

Learn How Sugar May Affect your Cancer Risk and Treatment

Sugar is a very common ingredient in many foods and beverages. While it tastes good and provides energy, excess can have negative effects on our health. In this blog post, I’m exploring how sugar may affect your cancer risk and treatment. I’ll also provide some tips on how to reduce your sugar intake and improve your health.

Sugar and Cancer Risks

I can’t say sugar itself causes cancer. But it may be indirectly involved with its impact on obesity, insulin resistance, insulin growth factor, inflammation, and hormones. The American Cancer Society states obesity is a risk factor for 13 types of cancer including breast, colorectal, kidney, liver, ovarian, pancreatic, prostate, and uterine cancers. Obesity is linked to increased insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes, risks for cancer.

Obesity may increase cancer risk because excess body fat produces estrogen, which can fuel breast, endometrial and prostate...

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Milk and Cancer


Dairy Milk and Cancer

Dairy milk has long been a staple in many people's diets, but recent research has raised concerns about its potential link to cancer. In this blog post, we are looking at what the research says about dairy milk and cancer.

It is important to note that these associations are observational, meaning that they cannot prove that dairy milk causes cancer. However, they do suggest that there may be a link between dairy milk consumption and an increased risk of certain cancers.

Dairy Milk Specific Cancer Risks

Prostate cancer: A meta-analysis of 13 studies found that men who consumed the most dairy milk had a 10% increased risk of prostate cancer compared to men who consumed the least dairy milk.[1]

Breast cancer: A meta-analysis of 17 studies found that women who consumed the most dairy milk had a 17% increased risk of breast cancer compared to women who consumed the least dairy milk.[2]

A study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology found that even...

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Coffee and Cancer


Coffee appears to have some significant cancer fighting benefits. According to medical research, coffee is associated with a reduced risk of cancers. There’s even a study that found higher coffee consumption is associated with reduced mortality from colorectal cancer.

Several compounds found in coffee possess antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and insulin-sensitizing effects, which may contribute to anticancer activity.

In most studies 3 or more cups daily provide better protection than 1 cup daily. If you are sensitive to caffeine you may have to limit your consumption, ilute the coffee, drink early in the day, or switch to naturally decaffeinated.

Coffee consumption is associated with a lower risk of many cancers including endometrial cancer, liver cancer, head and neck cancer, colorectal cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, pharyngeal cancer, melanoma, skin cancer, kidney cancer, gastric cancer, leukemia, brain cancer, and thyroid cancer.

My preference is black coffee....

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Garlic and Cancer - are there benefits?


Garlic Dietary Impacts on Colon Cancer and Colorectal Cancer

I did a review of the medical journals on the impact of fresh garlic and colon cancer and colorectal cancer.

Summary of studies suggesting garlic reduces the risk of colon cancer and colorectal cancer.

Studies that suggest garlic consumption reduces the risk of colon cancer and colorectal cancer.[i] [ii] [iii] [iv] [v]

Studies that suggest garlic consumption reduces the risk of colorectal cancer.[vi]

Garlic consumption does not reduce the risk of colon cancer summary.
Research evaluation in process – through 2013

Garlic consumption does not reduce the risk of colon cancer.[vii] [viii]

Garlic consumption does not reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.[ix] [x]

Garlic consumption increases the risk of colon cancer.

Being overweight and consuming garlic increases the risk of colon cancer.[xi]

Increased risk in colon cancer in women.[xii]

Garlic Supplements and All Cancers.


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