We all know about the insidiousness of breast cancer. If you want to protect yourself from it you need to have regular checkups. Even so, there has been no best ways to prevent it. Till date, the regular checkups can only tell you whether you are in early stages or, still safe from it. And if you have not managed to dodge the bullet, you have to go through the standard treatment, which is insanely expensive, painful, and not to mention, extremely unpleasant to the point of breast removal. Enough said, now for the good news.
The vitamin that keeps cancer at bay
Evidence seems to be mounting that a certain type of vitamin E is very effective in combating and ultimately ridding the body of breast cancer. Incredible, isn’t it? However, it’s true, and it’s very good news for those who have already had breast cancer, and want to prevent its recurrence, those, who are presently going through treatment for the disease, and even those who simply want to protect themselves from being diagnosed with this dread disease. How is it possible that this simple vitamin can play such a pivotal role in the treatment and prevention of breast cancer? Let’s take a look.
An introduction to Vitamin E
You may or may not already know that the vitamin E has many benefits. It is a powerful, fat soluble antioxidant. These properties, allow it to stop cholesterol in the body from oxidizing, thereby, preventing hardening of the arteries. cholesterol that has oxidized many times gets deposited in the arteries as plaque, which leads to the condition known as atherosclerosis, or in other words, hardening of the arteries, which in turn leads to heart disease. As a treatment of breast cancer, though, it works in a different way altogether. Research revealed that the onset of breast cancer is caused by a certain kind of tumor which produce a cell, causes the body to build resistance against cancer treatment drugs, and accelerates metastasis, thus bringing on a recurrence of the disease.
How the Vitamin E works
What vitamin E does is selectively destroy the stability of the mitochondria of these cells.
The mitochondria can be called the furnace of the cell. Their function is to take in the fuel that is food, burn it to create energy, and keep the cell alive.
Vitamin E, in effect, starves these cells, causing them to weaken and grow inactive, and ultimately die.
A research team has come to the conclusion that in high enough doses vitamin E induces apoptosis, which may be defined as a process in which, the cell machinery creates a condition where the cell dies. In other words, the cell commits suicide. Even in lesser doses, it can interfere with the mitochondrial functions of the cells, and inhibit their capability of proliferating.
Mind you, we are talking about those special cells which induce breast cancer only here. You may think that consuming large amounts of vitamin E will keep you safe. There is a caveat though. Not all kinds of the vitamin are effective in this way. Research teams have found this effect with vitamin E succinate, a natural tocopherol. Tocopherols are fat-soluble vitamins that are essential for normal reproduction and an important antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals in the body.
And how can you get more Vitamin E?
It is important that you know which foods can supply vitamin E. It is mainly found in:
- Whole grains
- Plant oil
Strangely enough, these ingredients form a large part of the Mediterranean diet. Surely it is no coincidence that the incidence of breast cancer is very low in that region!
So, ladies, if you want to stay safe from breast cancer, change over to a Mediterranean diet. In other ways too, it is a healthy option, and you can’t go wrong with it!