One of these every day can beat breast cancer

Breast cancer awareness month just ended, and I've seen plenty of pink ribbons and I've heard all the usual propaganda about mammograms -- but I haven't heard a single word about what just might be the most powerful weapon against this disease yet.

It's simple, safe and inexpensive. And if you've been taking my advice, it's something that's already part of your life.

It's your multivitamin -- specifically a multi with minerals, as new research finds these daily essential vitamins can slash your risk of death from breast cancer by nearly a third.

There's not much else out there with a benefit that big, ladies -- but like all good things, essential vitamins comes with a catch: You have to start now, because the study finds the life-saving benefits go to women already taking a multi when they're diagnosed.

That suggests to me that the nutrients and minerals in the essential vitamins help your body fight the tumor early on, making sure it stays treatable and survivable instead of turning aggressive and deadly.

Now, any time a study finds big benefits for multivitamins, mainstream experts line up to dismiss it. They never attack the studies, because the studies are sound.

No, instead they attack the essential vitamins -- claiming most people don't need them because you can get all your nutrients from diet alone.

And that just ignores reality.

It's difficult, and maybe even close to impossible, to get absolutely everything you need, every day, from diet alone. Even a healthy diet loaded with nutrient-rich foods can fall short in some key areas.

A multi is there to fill in the blanks and make sure you're covered, day in and day out -- and along with helping to fight breast cancer, studies have found plenty of other benefits.

Ladies, a multivitamin can help lift your mood and reduce your risk of stress, anxiety, fatigue and more, according to a study I told you about earlier this year.

Men, don't feel left out -- because multivitamins can slash your risk of all non-prostate cancers by 12 percent, according to another recent study. And in children, multivitamins can help during the most critical stages of development.

But whatever you do, don't go for the low-price vitamins in the supermarket discount bin. Choose a quality multi from a maker you trust.

Yes, they cost a little more -- but it's the best way to make sure you get the right amounts of the nutrients you need most in the forms your body can use best.