3 Easy and Affordable Ways to Reduce Your Cancer Risk by over 60%!
For one of the first times, a study (a tightly monitored, randomized, controlled, clinical trial--for you science and research nerds out there) looked at concurrent use of supplements and exercise in older adults and how it affected their risk of invasive cancer. Turns out, using multiple, easy, inexpensive interventions together is almost 3 times as effective as using them separately. This is one of the largest clinical trials of its type. Here are the 3 things the study found you can do to cut your risk of invasive cancer by over 60%!
1) Supplement with Vitamin D daily.
Experts show that those individuals with Vitamin D blood serum levels of between 50 and 80 ng/mL have consistently lower risks and incidences of cancer and neurological diseases like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases. Vitamin D downregulates growth factors that fuel cancer AND regulates genes that protect against cancer cell propagation.
Have your Vitamin D blood levels checked if you're unsure of where your levels are.
Here's an inexpensive one from Life Extension.
(You pay; they send you paperwork, and you take it to your nearest Labcorp for the blood draw; you get results within a few days via email.)
Here's the liquid Vitamin D I take daily with meals for best absorption.
The amount of supplementation in this study was a modest dosage of 2000 IU (50 mcg) daily. That would be just one drop a day of the above product. My blood levels are chronically low, so I take 4 drops daily.
2) Supplement with Omega 3's daily.
Omega 3 fatty acids inhibit cancer cell growth by impeding chronic inflammation, suppressing angiogenesis, and inducing tumor cell apoptosis (senescent / deranged cell "suicide"). This study used an algae-sourced form of Omega 3 (vs. cold water fish-sourced) that provided 333 mg EPA and 667 mg DHA per dose, which, like the Vitamin D, is also pretty modest.
Here's the Omega 3 supplement I take daily from Life Extension (I LOVE their products!). It relieves my dry eyes, joint pain and inflammation, and keeps my triglycerides and HDL cholesterol in check (they go up when I don't take this supplement). I take 2 caps daily, which provides 700 mg EPA and 500 mg DHA.
3) Do simple, home exercises for 30 minutes, 5 times a week to protect against tumor progression by stimulating tumor cell apoptosis (senescent / deranged cell suicide) as well as increasing an enzyme in cells called AMPK that helps downregulate cancer cell proliferation. These exercises are part of a protocol called "SHEP" (Simple Home Exercise Program). Most of you are probably already doing more, but if you're not, these exercises can be done by anyone, anywhere. Protocol for SHEP is to perform each of 5 exercises 5 times a week. These are super-basic, and there are many variations of each of these to make them harder or more interesting (for example, lunges or squats instead of chair sits or perhaps rowing machine or Pilates Reformer "Back-Rowing" Series instead of pull backs and external shoulder rotation below).
Hope that gives you some motivation to keep going and maybe add a few EASY and affordable practices into your daily life!
Here are the exercises (they're basically squats, rows, Tree Pose, and stair climbing--super easy!):
Meghan Hays Ayurveda - Ayurveda Salt Lake City