Slash your risk of colon can­cer 55%!

Woman's World - - ✻ Start Your Week With A - —Brenda Kearns

news from the Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety: The num­ber of folks age 50 and older di­ag­nosed with colon can­cer has dropped an in­cred­i­ble 32% since the year 2000 (mainly be­cause more of us are get­ting the rec­om­mended screen­ings; see side­bar “The top way to pre­vent colon can­cer”). Sur­pris­ingly, how­ever, the num­ber of adults un­der age 50 with the dis­ease has in­creased 22%. (Re­searchers sus­pect a link to the rise in obe­sity.) To power up your pro­tec­tion, no mat­ter what your age, ex­perts ad­vise . . .

Block­ing sus­pi­cious growths with pis­ta­chios

The nuts are rich in beta- sitos­terol— a plant com­pound that shuts down the growth of 33% of ab­nor­mal colon cells on con­tact, say re­searchers at Buf­falo’s State Univer­sity of New York. For top-notch pro­tec­tion, snack on 1/4 cup daily.

● Pre­vent­ing polyps with soy

A re­cent study sug­gests that sim­ply adding a lit­tle soy to your daily diet could cut your risk of trou­ble­some polyps as much as 40%. How? Soy con­tains genis­tein— a com­pound that helps nor­mal­ize the growth of colon cells, so they’re less likely to form pre­can­cer­ous polyps, say re­searchers. Aim to eat 1/2 cup of tofu or soy­beans, 8 oz. of soy milk or one cup of edamame daily.

Boost­ing im­mu­nity with daily walks

Sneak in at least 30 min­utes of ex­er­cise each day, and you’ll cut your colon can­cer risk 38%, Har­vard stud­ies show. Ex­er­cise revs your im­mune sys­tem’s abil­ity to quash can­cer­ous cells— plus it helps cleanse the di­ges­tive tract,

re­mov­ing tox­ins be­fore they can cause harm. Too busy for a 30-minute ex­er­cise break? Two 15- minute ses­sions— or even three 10-minute bursts of ex­er­cise— can be just as help­ful, say Stan­ford Univer­sity re­searchers.

Switch­ing off can­cer genes with lutein

Lutein is a deep yel­low pig­ment that jazzes up the color of egg yolks, corn, squash, man­goes, sweet pota­toes and car­rots. And adding this com­pound to your daily diet could re­duce your colon can­cer risk 55%, ac­cord­ing to re­search in the jour­nal Nu­tri­tion and Can­cer. Lutein speeds heal­ing of dam­aged colon cells, the study au­thors say. To do: Eat two eggs or one heap­ing cup of lutein­rich fruits or veg­eta­bles daily.

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