Grapefruit and Estrogen: Pro or Anti-Cancer?

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Winter 2014 Update: Dr. Kristine Monroe’s most recent study (discussed briefly in the post below), which looks at the effects of grapefruit and its juice on healthy postmenopausal women, has just been published. She found that the whole fruit led to an increase in “the major form of circulating estrogen in postmenopausal women,” that grapefruit juices had no effect on that form of estrogen, but that they did lower another very potent form of estrogen. 

“The take-away message from this pilot study is that the process of hormone metabolism and absorption is complicated,” Monroe said, and more research is clearly needed.

The few studies on grapefruit—and whether it has an anti-cancer benefits or promotes cancer—are definitely at odds.

It’s clear that grapefruit juice contains natural substances that can inhibit an enzyme system (called CYP3A4) responsible for metabolizing certain meds. The result: an increase of medication circulating in the blood, with potentially toxic side effects.

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Salmon Says, an Anti-Cancer Investigation What Kind is Healthiest? Part 5: Conclusions!

And the winner is?

January 2016 update: New research suggests that restricting the amino acid methionine may be a very important anti-cancer and anti-aging strategy.   “ If I had cancer, I would certainly seek to restrict methionine in my diet, probably to 1 gram a day ” says  Australian researcher Dr. Paul Cavuoto.  Animal  muscle is rich in methionine. A 3.5 ounce portion of salmon has just under 800 mg. In other words, if you have cancer, limit animals, including salmon.      

 

 

At last!   Here are my recommendations for which salmon to choose and how much of it. If you’re in a rush, just skip down to the “Final Answer.”                                                    

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Salmon Says, an Anti-Cancer Investigation: Part 3. Radiation and the Wild Pacific

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Author’s Note: This piece was posted in March 2012. Since that time, we have been learning more and more about the extent of damage caused by the March 2011 Fukushima disaster. I am revisiting the effects of that devastating incident on our Pacific Ocean fish supply and will update that info periodically.

SUMMARY So far, in this anti-cancer investigation, we’ve been talking about pollutants from industry, which concentrate in fat.  Our conclusions:

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Salmon Says, an Anti-Cancer Investigation: What Kind is Healthiest? Part 2. A Look at the Wild Pacific

anti cancer salmon says: wild canned from Alaska

Is wild Alaskan really the best?

With all the hoopla that surfaced in the mid 2000s about PCBs in farmed salmon plus the concerns about its environmental impact, health guru Dr. Andrew Weil and many others have been touting wild Alaskan salmon as your premium choice.  But is the answer really that simple? Bear with me; it’s taken 6 months of this anti-cancer investigating to find out. Continue reading

Salmon Says, an Anti-Cancer Investigation: What Kind is Healthiest? Part 1. Meet the Many Species

anti cancer investigation: salmon says, trivial pursuitJanuary 2016 update: New research suggests that restricting the amino acid methionine may be a very important anti-cancer and anti-aging strategy.   “ If I had cancer, I would certainly seek to restrict methionine in my diet, probably to 1 gram a day ” says  Australian researcher Dr. Paul Cavuoto.  Animal  muscle is rich in methionine. A 3.5 ounce portion of salmon has just under 800 mg. In other words, if you have cancer, limit animals, including salmon.      

Oh were it only so easy.  Figuring out which salmon to buy is more like attempting your first round of Trivial Pursuit—the Slovakian edition. You need lots of obscure background information to succeed.  Continue reading

Anti-Cancer Foods: Carb Substitutes

anti cancer moo shoo vegies

Moo shoo veggies, wrapped in lettuce instead of carbs.

Resolved to cut carbs? Good idea. Carbs are linked to high blood sugar, which in turn is linked to diabetes, heart disease, fat and even cancer. 

Here are some creative substitutes:


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Anti-Cancer Recipe/Contest: Watercress

Anti-cancer Watercress Salad

What's a good way to store watercress? Read on...

Today, we’re adding a new feature to the site:  We give you the anti-cancer ingredient; you give us your best recipe. This week, the star is watercress, a crucifer with a strong bite, both nutritionally and in its peppery taste.  

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