selenium

  1. Selenium can cut risk of high-grade prostate cancer

    This miracle mineral can stop prostate cancer from killing you

    Gents, you know the score on prostate cancer by now.

    It’s not the big, scary diagnosis it’s been made out to be. So, while 1 in 7 men ultimately develop the disease, in most cases it’s completely harmless. The tumors grow so slowly that you’ll die of something else long before the cancer ever poses a threat.

    The REAL key is making sure you don’t end up with the rare and aggressive tumors that kill some 26,000 American men every year.

    And today, I’m going to share with you one of the secrets to doing just that.

    Turns out one of the smallest steps you could possibly take could make a big difference when it comes to avoiding the deadliest form of prostate cancer – and when I say small, I mean it’s so tiny you can barely see it.

    Selenium is a trace mineral, with “trace” meaning exactly what it sounds like: You only need it in extremely small amounts.

    It’s not measured in grams or even milligrams, but micrograms. You only need about 200 mcg per day…yet many men still fall short.

    Make sure you’re not one of them, because new research shows how lower selenium levels means you’re facing a much bigger risk of a potentially deadly high-grade prostate tumor.

    If you’ve already been diagnosed with this disease, it’s not too late to get the benefit – because the same study in the British Journal of Nutrition finds men with cancer who boost their selenium intake have a lower risk of dying from the disease.

    That’s in line with other studies on this, including one I shared with you in 2013 that found selenium can cut the risk of potentially deadly stage III and IV prostate tumors by as much as 63 percent.

    The only problem with selenium is getting it – because while you can get many common nutrients from diet alone, it’s tough to get the selenium you need from your food.

    It’s found in seafood, poultry, mushrooms, and certain greens, but the levels can vary wildly based on where it comes from and how its raised – or, in the case of the mushrooms and greens, the type of soil where they’re grown.

    So here’s a case where you need a supplement.

    Don’t overdo it – because too much can be as bad as too little. A quality multivitamin for men should have the selenium you need, so check the label of the one you’re taking today.

    If it doesn’t have selenium, it’s time to start shopping around for a new multi, or at least take a prostate support formula that includes selenium.

  2. Watchful waiting for prostate cancer

    When no treatment is the best treatment

    It's the look I know all too well -- the look of panic I see in the eyes of nearly every newly diagnosed cancer patient.

    The look that says "DO SOMETHING!"

    But in many cases, the best "something" is actually nothing at all -- and that's especially true when it comes to prostate cancer. In fact, this disease is one case where less is often a whole lot more.

    In one new study, researchers compared two common treatment-free approaches to prostate cancer: active surveillance and watchful waiting.

    As the name suggests, "active" surveillance involves more work -- more tests, and more trips to the doctor.

    But as the study shows, men don't get better outcomes from it.

    In fact, they have roughly the same risk of death as men who take the more hands-off "watchful waiting" approach.

    So far, that's a tie.

    But it didn't remain that way -- because men who take the active surveillance approach are more than twice as likely to undergo treatment for prostate cancer as men who choose watchful waiting.

    That's an important difference, because treatment can be even worse than the disease itself, leading to long-term and even lifelong battles with incontinence, impotence, and other side effects.

    As a result, the new study in the Annals of Internal Medicine finds that "watchful waiting" leads to the best quality of life without actually increasing the risk of death.

    And that means "less" really is "more" when it comes to this disease.

    I know this runs counter to the "DO SOMETHING!" instinct that comes with a cancer diagnosis. But the fact is, prostate tumors grow very slowly -- so slowly they will never pose a threat to most men.

    And if you want to make sure those tumors remain harmless and feel like you're doing "SOMETHING" to fight cancer, there are some natural supplements you can take that can slow the disease further -- including selenium.

    In one recent study, this trace mineral was shown to slash the risk of potentially deadly stage III and IV prostate tumors by as much as 63 percent, and you can read more about that right here.

    For more on the best nutritional approaches to beating cancer -- any cancer -- work closely with an experienced holistic physician. And if you're in Southern California, I can help.

    Contact my clinic at 1-855-DOC-MARK for more information or to make an appointment.

  3. Balanced diet and balanced sleep

    The best way to sleep well is to eat well. And the best way to eat to get the sleep you need is to make sure you get a variety of healthy foods.
  4. Prostate treatment can cause sex problems

    The side effects of prostate surgery such as sex problems can linger for years or even last the rest of your life, according to new research.
  5. CoQ10 benefits can help you avoid coronary artery disease

    High levels of coenzyme Q10 can help slash your risk of coronary artery disease -- and low levels may actually cause it.
  6. Waist size can be more important than BMI for diabetes risk

    Obesity causes diabetes -- but too much belly fat can bring on the condition as well, even if you're not obese. Measure your true risk here.
  7. Aspirin therapy can hurt as many as it helps

    New numbers show that aspirin therapy can harm as many patients as it benefits. Try natural approaches to cardiovascular health instead.
  8. Selenium and CoQ10 work together to reduce heart risk

    The natural supplements selenium and coenzyme Q10 are shown in a new study to cut the risk of death by heart disease in half.
  9. How to avoid pancreatic cancer

    They're called "trace" elements for a reason: Tiny amounts of the right stuff can boost your health and save your life... while even a drop of the wrong stuff can end it. Now, the latest research shows how these same trace elements can play a major role in your risk of getting or avoiding one of the deadliest forms of cancer on the planet -- pancreatic cancer.
  10. Shooting holes in vitamin E study

    I couldn't believe what I saw on the news the other night: Diane Sawyer -- in her most solemn Evening Anchor Voice -- announced that vitamin E could increase the risk of prostate cancer by 17 percent.
  11. FDA misses the point on supplements… again

    It's so backwards that when it comes to natural health, even the tiniest acknowledgement from the FDA is a huge victory.

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