Volume 2, Issue 15
April 9, 2009
A daily serving of this food cuts colon cancer risk by 30%
You probably already know the stats on colon cancer. Over 600,000 people die worldwide every year from it. The lifetime risk in the United States of developing colon cancer is one in thirteen. And anything that will substantially reduce that risk is important. That's because colon cancer is almost always deadly — it's the second leading cause of cancer death in the western world. Now, a new study shows that there's a very easy way to reduce your risk.
The study was a large one. It looked at 68,412 women between the ages of 40 and 70 years old. At the beginning of the study, the researchers logged in the amount of soy products that each woman ate every day using a food-frequency questionnaire. Then they continued to do the same assessment every year for the next six-and-a-half years. Then they tallied the results.
What they found was that the more soy a woman ate, the less likely she was to get colon cancer. In fact, the women who consumed only 10 grams of soy protein a day were one-third less likely to develop it than the women who consumed little soy. You can get 10 grams in your diet very easily. For example, a half cup of tofu, one quarter cup of roasted soy nuts, a half cup of edamame, six ounces of soy milk, or two breakfast soy patties.
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An even better way to increase your soy intake is to take my Super Immune QuickStart. Two scoops contain five grams of high-quality organic soy protein. It also has a wealth of other detoxifying and immune-enhancing herbs and nutrients in their full therapeutic strength.
According to this study, the five grams of soy protein that are in two scoops of QuickStart will reduce colon cancer risk by 8% all by itself. And taking soy also significantly reduces the risk of both breast and prostate cancer.
Why does soy work so well as a cancer preventive herb? Probably because of its isoflavone content. Other studies involving just taking isoflavones have had similar results. Isoflavones are a special form of bioflavonoids that occur in plants, especially legumes. The major isoflavones in soy protein are genistein and daidzein. The only other significant dietary sources of isoflavones are chick peas (found in hummus) and peanuts.
Just one precaution here.ÿ Be sure to eat only organic soy products. The inorganic, synthetic hybrids brought to us by Monsanto are loaded with chemicals, and are likely to have reduced levels of isoflavones.
Finding your Real Cures,
Frank Shallenberger, MD
Yang G, Shu XO, Li H, Chow WH, et al.ÿÿProspective cohort study of soy food intake and colorectal cancer risk in women. Am J Clin Nutr. 2009 Feb;89(2):577-83. Epub 2008 December 10.
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