Brazil Nuts -Why?
Selenium of Course!
Why I Eat 4 or 5 Brazil Nuts Daily
According to results of a study, selenium intake is associated with decreased risk of bladder cancer.
Selenium is a trace mineral that is incorporated into proteins to make selenoproteins, which act as strong antioxidants to help prevent free radical damage to your cells. It is because of its potent antioxidant properties that selenium may benefit:
Cataracts and macular degeneration
Cold sores and shingles
How Does Selenium Help Prevent Cancer?
According to the latest research, people with higher selenium intakes had a 39 percent reduced risk of bladder cancer, which is right in line with prior studies that have linked the mineral to lower rates of breast, prostate, lung, colorectal and skin cancer as well.
A 1996 study by Dr. Larry Clark of the University of Arizona also showed just how effective selenium can be in protecting against cancer.
In the study of 1,300 older people, the occurrence of cancer among those who took 200 micrograms of selenium daily for about seven years was reduced by 42 percent compared to those given a placebo.
Cancer deaths for those taking the selenium were cut almost in half, according to the study. In addition, the men who took selenium had 63 percent fewer prostate cancers, 58 percent fewer colorectal cancers, 46 percent fewer lung cancers and overall 37 percent fewer cancers.
Selenium was even found to reduce the risk of lung cancer to a greater degree than stopping smoking.
Some of the scientific explanations for selenium’s anti-cancer effect include:
Increased antioxidant protection and immune system
Regulation of cell proliferation and apoptosis (programmed cell death)
Triggering DNA repair in damaged cells
Suppression of growth of blood vessels supplying nutrients to the cancer
Inhibition of tumor cell invasion
Selenium also plays a role in activating glutathione peroxidase, an enzyme that helps the liver detoxify harmful substances, thereby helping with cancer prevention.
Selenium rich foods :
Brazil nuts (which average about 70-90 micrograms per nut)
Button mushrooms and shitake mushrooms
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