Ovarian Cancer is a disease unique to woman that is often not detected until it
has progressed to a point that treatment is not all that one would hope
it would be. I don't believe in hopeless cases, but do believe that we
have to be vigilant in caring for ourselves, keeping up with our annual
physical and gynecological exams, and doing our part to prevent this
disease. There are promising studies in the medical field that may help
doctors be able to detect this disease earlier. Following is information that I hope will provide you with at least one or two things
that you can do to prevent cancer of the ovaries.
One study published back in a November 2007 issue of the International Journal of Cancer suggests that diets
high in certain flavonoid compounds found in vegetables, fruits, beans and tea may
significantly lower a woman's risk of developing ovarian cancer. If you click the Journal title, it should lead to other articles about Ovarian Cancer from the International Journal of Cancer.
Flavonoids are a large family of antioxidant compounds known as
phytochemicals. They are part of a plant's natural
defense system that helps the plant fight off disease and infection.
consumed as food, these powerful nutrients help the human body to fight
and infection as well by protecting cells from DNA damage. Scientists
also believe that some flavonoids may also fight cancer by regulating
growth, fighting inflammation or by changing hormone levels.
This study looked at over 66,000 participants
over a 14 year period and focused on flavonoid consumption. Two
particular flavonoids, kaempferol and luteolin appear to be particularly
helpful for protection against ovarian cancer.
Kaempferol, a flavonoid
found in tea, broccoli, kale and spinach along with luteolin which is found in
peppers, carrots, cabbage and celery were both shown to offer significant
protection against ovarian cancer.
Women who consumed the most kaempferol
enjoyed a 40% decreased risk of ovarian cancer and women who consumed
luteolin enjoyed a 34% decreased risk when compared to women who
least of these flavonoids. Researchers also noted that a third
phytochemical, myricetin, also seemed to be somewhat protective.
Myricetin is found in tea, dried beans, raisins and blueberries.
Once again, the modern day researchers
continue to confirm the wisdom of the ancients and power of whole foods to
nourish the human body and to ward off disease. How many servings of
fruits and vegetables will you, your family, and your children have
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