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Do you or your family have a history of cancer?

If you do, you may be deficient in SELENIUM

Our bodies need selenium, an antioxidant that might help control cell damage that can lead to cancer.

The Nutritional Prevention of Cancer Trial, included 1,300 men and women. Men who had taken selenium for 6 years had approximately 60 percent fewer new cases of prostate cancer than men who took the placebo. In 2002, study data showed that men who took selenium for more than 7 years had about 52 percent fewer new cases of prostate cancer than men who took the placebo. 

A  deficiency in the mineral selenium is associated with many types of cancer, while the presence of a chemical found in some vegetables (sulforaphane) is known have a powerful role in cancer prevention.

Recently research on human cancer genes has found that foods that contain the mineral selenium and plant-based chemical sulforaphane in combination may have a 13 times greater ability to protect against cancer than when the food compounds are used separately. 

Selenium is a mineral that is found in nuts, poultry, fish, eggs, sunflower seeds and mushrooms. Having a deficiency of selenium in the diet is known to be associated with a number of cancers, including prostate cancer.

Sulforaphane is being investigated as a potential cancer drug. It is found in foods such as broccoli, sprouts, cabbage, watercress, lettuce and salad rocket. 

Interesting, since my wife suddenly developed a passion for lettuce a few years ago. She was eating two or three a day, often as slices, without anything to accompany it. Of course, at the time I had no idea why, though I tried to research the ingredients of lettuce, but I was approaching it from the wrong direction, one of the problems with the internet as a research tool. 

Then she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Curiously as soon as she had her operation her craving vanished. 

People who have deficiencies often develop a craving. Did her body know? was it craving for sulforaphane or iron which is also associated with lettuce? We'll never know. But with all my research I have not come across any other reference to lettuce in this way. 

It highlights another Body language symptom, that is too complex to put on this site - take notice of your cravings. They mean something. Pregnant women can crave the strangest things - coal, soil, oranges, pizza. Your body has decided it needs whatever these products contain. 

Selenium is also vital in HIV, Hepatitis, high Chloesterol (and statins use) - click here

Vitamin E for prostate cancer prevention?

We get vitamin E in a wide range of foods, especially vegetables, vegetable oils, nuts, and egg yolks. Vitamin E, like selenium, is an antioxidant, which might help control cell damage that can lead to cancer.

In a 1998 study of 29,100 male smokers in Finland;  men who took vitamin E to prevent lung cancer had 32 percent fewer new cases of prostate cancer than men who took the placebo. 

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