Common vitamins linked to a lower risk of pancreatic cancer
(NaturalHealth365) While cancer is expected to affect nearly 40 percent of Americans – at some point in their lives, there is still good news on the natural health front. A new meta-analysis has found that taking vitamins can reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer by as much as 27 percent.
Pancreatic cancer accounts for about seven percent of all cancer diagnoses, affecting around 1 in 64 Americans. However, it can be one of the most deadly and difficult to treat.
Fortunately, there are lifestyle changes that can dramatically reduce the risk of falling victim to pancreatic cancer, including a vitamin (and mineral) regimen.
Direct correlation found between higher vitamin intake and lower pancreatic cancer risk
The recent research, conducted by Ying Liu and colleagues, looked at 25 completed studies with a total number of 1,214,995 subjects. The cases of pancreatic cancer among all subjects was 8,740.
The projects examined included cohort studies, randomized controlled trials, prospective studies, case-control investigations and retrospective studies. All of the research included data regarding the intake of the vitamins A, B, C, D, or E.
The people who took the highest quantity of vitamins were found to have a markedly lowered risk of getting pancreatic cancer. Risk went down in direct relationship to the quantity of vitamins taken.
As you would expect: Risk did vary depending upon the vitamin type, quantity, frequency and consistency with which they were taken.
Vitamins shown to trigger cancer cell death
For example, regular intake of vitamin D lowered pancreatic cancer risk by 25 percent. And, taking vitamin B12 daily in a dose of 10 mcg or more reduced pancreatic cancer risk by as much as 27 percent.
In general, subjects who took the most vitamins had a 21 percent lowered risk of getting pancreatic cancer.
The researchers believe this is due to vitamins helping to induce apoptosis (programmed cell death) and cell-cycle arrest in the cancer cells. Vitamin B1 has been linked with higher caspase-3 activity, which is part of the apoptosis mechanism.
Vitamin B1 is also effective in decreasing the proliferation of pancreatic cells.
Taking selenium has been linked with a nearly 30 percent lower risk of death from any cause. This is because it helps to lower C-reactive protein and interleukin-6 – which are markers of inflammation (and disease) within the body.
Lifestyle changes shown to dramatically REDUCE the risk of cancer
Along with consuming key vitamins and minerals, making consistent healthy lifestyle choices are linked to a lower risk of cancer. For example, eating plenty of organic fruits and vegetables, lean protein and some healthy (unsaturated) fats.
Regular exercise, reducing caffeine and alcohol consumption plus avoiding cigarettes will also reduce the risk of cancer.
If you’re new to all of this: start with a good quality, multivitamin that can help you get the nutrients your body craves. In many cases, diet (alone) is not enough to address deficiencies.
But, remember, there’s nothing more powerful – for disease prevention – than a combined program of healthy food choices along with the consumption of high-quality, nutritional supplements.
Make a plan today and stick with it.
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