(Health Secrets) Want to decrease your breast cancer risk? Women who take multivitamins and calcium drastically reduce their breast cancer risk, according to recent study results presented at the American Association for Cancer Research’s annual meeting. The study, conducted at the Ponce School of Medicine in Puerto Rico, found that women who routinely took multivitamins reduced their breast cancer risk by almost 30 percent. Women who took nutritional supplements and calcium fared even better – reducing their risk by 40 plus percent.
Lead author Jaime Matta PhD and his colleagues found nutrient supplementation was linked to positive results when taken over an extended period. “It is not an immediate effect,” said Matta. “However, we did see a long-term effect in terms of breast cancer reduction.”
The study compared the lifestyle habits of 268 breast cancer sufferers to those of 457 healthy women. Matta and his team concluded that vitamin supplements may help subjugate breast cancer risk by enhancing DNA repair capacity.
Ironically, while this study was going on, another study was receiving widespread attention. That study, conducted by Sweden’s Karolinska Institute and published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, reported that women who take multivitamins have a 20% increase in the risk of getting breast cancer! Why the difference? The obvious reason is the quality of the multivitamins used!
The idea that adequate amounts of vitamins and minerals could somehow be unhealthy is blatantly absurd. Not surprisingly, criticism of the study was been broad and immediate, that is, everywhere but in U.S. mainstream media.
Professor John Boyages, director of the Westmead Breast Cancer Institute and spokesman for the National Breast Cancer Foundation, said he “wouldn’t put any weight” on the Swedish study, as there are “many complicated risk factors involved in breast cancer.”
Likewise, the Australia Complementary Healthcare Council cautioned consumers to not panic at the findings. It cited concerns over limitations to the Swedish study, such as its reliance on self-administered questionnaires and failure to look at the bioactivity of the multivitamins used in the study. The results of the study suggest that vitamins used were synthetic!
There are also other considerations to keep in mind. Too many people think that they can offset unhealthy diets and lifestyles by popping a daily vitamin pill. In addition, over 95% of such supplements consist of ground up rocks, petroleum by-products and coal-tar derivatives. These are the kinds of supplements found in discount stores, drug stores, and traditional grocery stores. These kinds of supplements are capable of doing more harm than good.
Virtually every study that has returned negative results about vitamins or minerals has used inferior and unnatural forms, instead of the forms found in nature. In addition, virtually all such studies fail to take into account the fact that nature works synergistically.
Isolating individual vitamins and minerals or other nutrients and adding them to an overall unhealthy diet might be compared to putting a hasty patch on the leaky roof of a building with a crumbling foundation. You might get some relief, but when a bad storm (disease) comes along, you may be ill prepared to keep the storm at bay.
Mainstream medical science makes the same mistakes when it tries to create in a laboratory the vitamins and compounds found in nature, or to uniquely isolate them. Doing so does not produce the natural molecule with supporting compounds or the whole vitamin profile found in nature. It does, however, produce something that can be patented and thus provide profit. It also produces something that the body does not recognize as natural and which is liable to have side effects over 95% of the time.
If you want a multivitamin supplement that will actually help you, stick to a first rate greens powder or a formulation offering the broad range of minerals from plants that make vitamins bioavailable. Most of all, don’t get caught up in the confusion of seemingly conflicting study results that aren’t based on comparable data sets. It doesn’t have to be rocket science; just get your supplements from a source you can trust.
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