February 3, 2010
Reduce your risk of breast cancer by 26% or more
With all the confusion surrounding the new breast cancer guidelines, I'm trying to give you as much information as possible to help you prevent this killer disease. Today, I've got great news about a nutrient once thought to encourage cancer.
That's right! Several years ago there was a controversy surrounding this nutrient and prostate cancer. There was a study that suggested it might be associated with more cancer. It made big news. Even my alternative-minded peers debated the news.
I was cautious in my analysis. I felt that the study was flawed for not looking at the sources of the nutrient. I maintained that the study used processed and/or synthetic alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) instead of ALA from natural whole foods. I just could not see how an omega-3 fatty acid required for reducing inflammation and healthy cell membranes could raise cancer risk. Well, now there's a report that suggests I was right.
A French study followed 56,007 women. They developed a rather high number (1,650) of breast cancers over eight years. Researchers found that high ALA intake from whole food (fruits and vegetables) reduced their risk by 26%. ALA from vegetable oils reduced risk by only 17%. However, ALA consumed from processed foods and nut mixes actually raised risk.
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The authors concluded, "These results emphasize the need to consider food sources, as well as interactions between fatty acids and with antioxidants" in relation to cancer risk.
I'm excited that science has proven the real value of ALA in fighting cancer. You just can't go wrong with whole foods. Omega oils are fragile. When heated or processed, they can become dangerous trans or rancid fatty acids. That's likely why women eating processed nuts did worse. And, it most likely explains why the original study suggested ALA intake could be problematic for the prostate.
ALA is essential for cell membranes and anti-inflammatory prostaglandin hormone production. So it will protect you from any hormone-related cancer, including prostate and breast cancer.
But make sure you get your ALA from whole foods. Never heat these oils (like with fried foods), except for routine cooking, such as using it to cook fish. If you'd like to take the supplement ALA, please consider Yes EFA!, which is available from Advanced Bionutritionals. It has a balance of very high-quality omega-6 fatty acids to most effectively counter-balance the typical American diet.
Yours for better health and medical freedom,
Ref: Int J Cancer, 2008 September 9.