Prevent Cancer and Lose Weight Naturally by Limiting Fructose
One third of cancer cases in America are linked to poor nutrition, inactivity and overweight problems, according to the American cancer society.
This is such a sobering statistic, considering that the incidence of cancer is very highly preventable, or minimised through proper nutrition.
While that is the case, many people are still negligent with their eating habits.
The relationship between fructose and cancer is well documented. Malignant cells metabolize fructose to fuel their own growth, leading to tumors and cancer. Therefore, it follows that limiting fructose intake slows down the proliferation of cancerous cells.
Fructose (fruit sugar) is a simple sugar present in a number of plants and food sources, for instance honey, root vegetables, some vine fruits and berries. It is a major ingredient in a number of commercially processed foods, including juices and baked foods, used to enhance taste and palatability of those foods.
The body immediately absorbs fructose, along with glucose and galactose, directly into blood when food is digested.
Diet, body weight and cancer
Many types of cancers are caused by external agents, which affect processes in the body and release toxins. For instance, most cancer agents (initiators) are made in the body, resulting from metabolic reactions. This is a direct link between the foods we eat and the growth of cancerous cells. It also goes to show that cancer incidence is controllable through diet.
The effect of body weight on cancer growth has been demonstrated through a number of studies. Although no conclusive data is available, it has been shown that hormones linked to cancer, e.g. estrogens, androgens and insulin, are significantly reduced with weight loss. Therefore, we can safely postulate that weight loss reduces risk of cancer.
Weight loss and cancer prevention
Excluding simple sugars from your diet may not feasible, so your focus should be limiting their consumption. The risk of some aggressive forms of cancer, e.g. prostate cancer, can be reduced by increasing physical activity and generally staying thin.
Vitamin C and cancer growth
When glucose intake is limited, malignant cells enhance the mechanism of its uptake into the cells, which also affects vitamin C uptake by the cells. Vitamin C destroys malignant cells, therefore increasing vitamin C consumption slows down cancer proliferation.
In addition to vitamin C, there are other nutrients that have been shown to avert the growth of cancerous cells, for instance garlic, green tea, leafy greens, grapes, tomatoes, blueberries, flaxseeds and whole grain foods.
Foods to steer clear of are processed carbohydrates, which contain corn syrup (high in fructose), and those with a high fat content. Excess iron leads to free radicals so limit iron intake, or counter it with antioxidant-rich foods. Antioxidants scavenge free radicals in the body, lowering incidence of malignancy. Processed food is a staple on fast-food menus, a convenient choice for many working-class Americans.
Compliment a healthy diet with regular exercise. Studies have conclusively shown that people who exercise regularly reduce the risk of cancer by up to 30 percent, compared to those who are less active.
It’s never too late to make a change. Get active and eat healthier foods, then say bye to cancer.