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Healthy Sources of Disease Fighting Lycopene

Lookin’ for lycopene? Do you even know what it is? If not, lycopene is what gives certain fruits and vegetables their vibrant red color. However, it does more than make your food look pretty. Lycopene acts as an antioxidant in your body, which means it protects your cells against damage from free radicals.

What all this means in everyday language is that lycopene has been connected with the reduced risk for certain diseases, including cancer and heart disease, and may even help stave off age-related macular degeneration.

While more research definitely needs to be done on the health benefits of lycopene, in the meantime you can’t go wrong with the food sources that provide the highest doses: (more…)

Vitamin D Recommendations too Low for Cancer Prevention

Researchers at Creighton University School of Medicine and University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine are saying that people need to get a much higher amount of vitamin D to protect themselves from cancer.

“We found that daily intakes of vitamin D by adults in the range of 4,000-8,000 IU are needed to maintain blood levels of vitamin D metabolites in the range needed to reduce by about half the risk of several diseases – breast cancer, colon cancer, multiple sclerosis, and type 1 diabetes,” said Cedric Garland, Dr. P.H., professor of family and preventive medicine at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center.

The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention recommends that people get their vitamin D from a combination of our dietary choices and supplements, not by making an effort to get more sun exposure which helps out bodies produce it.


Convenience vs. Health: The Raw Truth About the Not So Miracle Microwave

Isabella York is a mother dedicated to healthy living, while not giving up her life in the process. Along with raising her son, she works for Balsam Hill, a purveyor of Artificial Christmas Trees and Christmas Trees.

For many busy people, any item that makes life more convenient is considered a blessing. But our society of convenience has had some devastating cumulative effects, such as pollution and global warming. It really makes me think about the ways that I contributed to this pollution and how I could help reverse its effects.

Like most mothers, I rely on the microwave to quickly fill hungry bellies. Over the years I’ve caught snippets of the adverse effects of microwaving, and in my quest for a healthier family and healthier planet, I did some research about my beloved appliance. As it turns out, my whole concept of food and food preparation has changed dramatically. That tricky little convenient box of heat has been sneakily causing health problems and ruining the nutrition we all seek to provide ourselves and our families.


Activity and Plant-Based Diet Lowers Cancer Risk, Even Later in Life

This year will see an unprecedented surge in the number of Americans becoming eligible for Medicare, as the leading edge of the baby boom generation begins to turn 65. Today, about 1 in 10 Americans are 65 and older; by the year 2030, according to the Alliance for Aging Research, that number will climb to 1 in 5.

Experts at the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) said today that these statistics paint a grim picture, because aging is the number one risk factor for cancer, and as the U.S. population grows older, cancer incidence – and the costs associated with it – are expected to soar.

The cancer experts noted, however, that much of the cost, loss and suffering of cancer doesn’t have to happen. They pointed to encouraging scientific evidence that many cancers can be delayed or even prevented through a good balance of “self-protection” which includes regular physical activity and a plant-based diet.


Exercise Can Reduce Risk of Dying from Prostate Cancer

If you or someone in your life has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, listen up. New research has found that prostate cancer patients who regularly workout at a vigorous intensity may lower their risk of dying from the disease.

The study appears in the Jan. 4 online issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology and is the first of its kind to look at exercise’s effect on men with prostate cancer after diagnosis. The men in the study who got three hours or more a week of high intensity biking, tennis, jogging or swimming had a 33 percent lower risk for dying from any cause and a 35 percent lower risk for dying from prostate cancer than men who worked out less than nine hours per week.


GIVEAWAY: Choose You from the American Cancer Society

Choose You American Cancer SocietyIt’s New Year’s resolution time! We all know that keeping resolutions is the tough part. So many women put others ahead of themselves, which is a fast way to derail personal fitness goals. The consequences can be more serious than you think: according to the American Cancer Society, 50 percent of cancer deaths could be prevented if women maintained a healthy weight through diet and regular exercise, avoided tobacco products and got recommended cancer screenings.

That’s why the American Cancer Society is helping women stick to their healthy habits with a new program, Choose You. Goal-setting and social support are important components to making a healthy lifestyle change, and now you can get both by logging into to ChooseYou.com. The site is full of advice, resources and also connects you with evens in your area.

To promote the new site, we’re helping the American Caner Society give away Choose You goodies. DietsInReview is offering two prize packs. One is a workout tee-shirt and a Choose You pin, and the other prize pack is a workout kit featuring a pedometer/calorie counter, a jump rope and a resistance band.

Read on to enter!


Multivitamins Aren’t Helping According to New Research

The scientific community is ready to debunk a widespread and commonly believed myth. For many years, health professionals have persistently touted the benefits of a daily multivitamin. New data from two major studies is now challenging those beliefs. The Agency for Health Research and Quality and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center have revealed the same conclusion: Daily multivitamins are not the building blocks of a healthy lifestyle.

Multivitamins were once believed to ‘supplement’ a not-so-perfect diet. There are many different formulas, but common multivitamin claims are that they aid in the following:

  • Heart health
  • Reproductive health
  • Energy
  • Metabolism
  • Cancer prevention
  • Immune support
  • Higher brain function
  • Integrated, full body health (more…)

Top 5 Cancer Fighting Foods

Two years ago, I was diagnosed with Stage 2 Melanoma. I have had several areas removed from my body and I’ve been rewarded with clean borders and no need for chemotherapy. I am vigilant in my use of sunscreen as well as going for my periodic skin care check ups, but I also try to eat a healthy diet.

Recently, I spotted this list of five cancer fighting foods on the Today Show. I eat most of them, but not all. It’s recommended that we eat about 1/2 cup of each every day. How many of them do you eat? (more…)

The Truth About Fake Foods on The Dr. Oz Show

Tune in this Wednesday, October 20 to The Dr. Oz Show when America’s favorite doctor gives you the truth about the danger and safety on fake foods.

From artificial sweeteners like Splenda and aspartame and from fake butter to non-stick cooking spray, Dr. Oz will tell you which artificial additives and foods raise your risk for weight gain, diabetes and even cancer. (more…)

Best Fitness Gear to Go Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! While you’ve probably already read about Diets in Review’s 3rd annual Blogs Against Breast Cancer campaign, we wanted to give you a few more fun products to sport and show your support for finding a cure for breast cancer.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women, and the number one cause of cancer death in Hispanic women. It is also the second most common cause of cancer death in white, black, Asian/Pacific Islander and American Indian/Alaska Native women. With an estimated 1 in 8 women in the United States at risk for developing invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime, it’s safe to say that most of us have had someone in our lives, our ourselves, affected by breast cancer. (more…)