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Can Your Diet Prevent, or Cause, Cancer?

Sometimes even the smallest changes can make a huge difference to your health, and your cancer risk and Andrew Weil, MD is an expert in integrative medicine and has some good advice to offer.


A healthy diet can help the body in its efforts to heal itself, and in some cases, particular foods can lessen the risks of serious illness. To help reduce your risk of some types of cancer, try the following:

Avoid polyunsaturated vegetable oils, margarine, vegetable shortening, all partially hydrogenated oils and all foods that might contain trans-fatty acids (such as deep-fried foods).

Minimize or eliminate consumption of foods with added sugar and other sweeteners including fruit juices.

Increase omega-3 fatty acid intake by eating more cold-water oily fish, freshly ground flaxseed and walnuts.

Eat plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit.

Use hormone-free, organically raised and grown products whenever possible.

Eat shiitake, enokidake, maitake and oyster mushrooms frequently.

Drink green tea daily.

Helpful information:

The role of progesterone in opposing the excess oestrogen (oestrogen dominance) that is linked to many cancers, particularly of the breast and endometrium, is now well established.

Taking responsibility for your health is always important, and particularly if you know there is a family history or tendency to any one type of cancer.

So you can start helping yourself by doing all the right things by taking care of your diet, finding regular and enjoyable exercise, reducing your stress levels and, most importantly, keeping your hormones in balance as it can make a real difference to your risk factors.