While there may be a (slim) genetic component to cancer, lowering cancer risk is largely accomplished by making good lifestyle choices. On top of diet: not smoking, avoiding severe sunburns, regular exercise, nutritional supplementation (when needed) and a positive outlook on life are instrumental to avoiding premature death from chronic disease.
But, the research we’ll feature (today) really highlights the value of organic food.
Buy organic food and avoid the health threats of environmental poisons
The research involved 70,000 French adults tracked in a large, ongoing nutrition and health study that began in 2009. The participants were an average age of 44 and were tracked for around 4.5 years each.
A team from Inserm, the French equivalent of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, assessed diet and lifestyle habits of the group throughout the study period. It was determined that those who consumed organic foods most often were the least likely to develop cancer.
This was in comparison with those who favored produce exposed to herbicides containing the active ingredient glyphosate.
While the researchers admit additional research will be required to gather more specific information about why this is the case, these results confirm the protective effects of organic food versus GMO fruits and vegetables exposed to pesticides and other chemicals.
The study results were published in JAMA, the journal of Internal Medicine.
Nine out of 10 Americans have measurable amounts of agricultural chemicals in their bloodstream
The researchers strongly believe that the presence or absence of chemicals is the main factor in the protective, health-enhancing effects of organic fruits and vegetables. Glyphosate as well as diazinon and malathion have been linked with higher rates of cancer, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer.
However, glyphosate, found in the Monsanto weed killer Roundup, is by far the most widely used.
Organic products offer an effective way to minimize your exposure to unwanted poisons. A staggering 9 out of 10 Americans have measurable pesticide amounts in their blood or urine. These levels tend to fall dramatically when switching from conventional produce to organic.
The most common cancer types found in the study group (comprised of mostly women) was breast cancer, followed by prostate cancer, skin cancer, colorectal cancer, non-Hodgkin’s and other lymphomas.
Cancer rates reduced 25 percent by eating organic food free of pesticides
It should be noted that people most likely to favor organic food have more discretionary income; better education levels; avoid smoking and exercise more. However, even taking all these plus other demographics into account, those who ate organic instead of traditional produce showed a 25 percent lower chance of developing any cancer type.
Glyphosate has been in use since the introduction of GMO crops in 1996. It has been linked with higher cancer rates even at supposed “safe” doses, as outlined in the Global Glyphosate Study. In addition to higher cancer rates, glyphosate has been linked with fertility issues, developmental problems in infants, a reduction in positive gut bacteria and genetic cellular damage.
So, if you needed more motivation to eat organic, you just got it. Take action today and stay well.
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