vitamin A

  1. Shine a light on prostate cancer

    How sunlight prevents death from prostate cancer

    If you want to save your prostate and spare yourself a cancer death, forget all about PSA tests, drugs, surgeries, and everything else the mainstream has been throwing at this disease.

    Head to the beach instead.

    That's because the very sunlight you've been told to avoid can actually save you from any number of cancers, and the latest research puts prostate cancer high on that list.

    Harvard researchers tracked more than 2,500 men for nearly two decades and found that high D levels slashed the risk of dying of prostate cancer by more than half.

    In fact, nearly a third of the men who died of prostate cancer were among those with the lowest D levels of anyone in the study, while only 16 percent of the deaths were among men with high levels.

    Once you crunch the numbers that adds up to a 57 percent overall reduction in the risk of death -- and that's not the only big news out of the study.

    It turns out D didn't lower the overall risk of a tumor -- just the risk of dying from one. This means the sunshine vitamin ignores the harmless tumors you don't need to worry about, while stopping the deadly ones that could kill you.

    There's not an oncologist on the planet that's figured out how to do that!

    Vitamin D's no one-trick pony when it comes to cancer, either. It can also help fight or prevent lung, colon, breast, and endometrial cancer. And despite what you've heard, vitamin D can prevent the deadliest forms of skin cancer.

    That's one of the reasons the skin cancer rate has actually shot up since D-blocking sunscreens came on the market -- but only one. The other reason is that those icky gooey creams and lotions themselves actually contain dangerous cancer-causing chemicals.

    The synthetic form of vitamin A used in many until just recently was even found to SPEED the growth of tumors when exposed to sunlight.

    But whether they contain that A or not, skip 'em all. The only protection you really need from the sun is a shady tree or a beach umbrella -- and the sense to get under it before you get burned.

    I've got more on cancer up next. Keep reading!

  2. The 'A' way to slash your cancer risk

    No matter what you've heard, the sun is NOT the cause of deadly skin cancers.

    I know that flies in the face of sunscreen industry propaganda, but it's backed by real science -- and it's proven yet again by a new study that places the blame squarely on nutrition, not sun exposure.

    To put it simply: People with the lowest intake of vitamin A have the highest risk of melanoma, the deadly form of skin cancer you should worry about most (the other, carcinoma, can be removed in a simple outpatient procedure).

    The study of 69,635 men and women over the age of 50 found that people who take supplements with the retinol form of vitamin A have a 60 percent lower risk of melanoma than those who don't get A from supplements.

    Those who get the most -- 1,200 mcg a day -- have a 74 percent lower risk of the disease.

    The reason supplements offer the most protection isn't because they have some magical power that foods do not. It's because people who get their A from food simply don't get enough to make a difference.

    One of the best sources of A, for example, is fresh natural butter -- and how many people do you know actually dare to eat butter anymore?

    So eat more butter... and make sure your multi has enough A in it to boot. But don't let A be your only protection from skin cancer, because there's another letter that's even more important.

    It's "D" as in "vitamin D."

    People who don't get enough have a higher risk of melanoma -- and not coincidentally, the best source of that D is the very sun you've been told to avoid.

    PS: There's one form of vitamin A you want nothing to do with, and it's the topical form that, until recently, was found in many sunscreens (and is still used in many skin care products). Learn more about that -- and why you don't need any sunscreen at all -- right here.

  3. Feds tinker with sunscreen rules

    It's been 33 years since the feds promised to set some rules for sunscreen -- and now, they're finally ready to act. Err... make that finally ready to act next year, because that's when the FDA's new rules designed to “help" consumers choose a sunscreen are supposed to kick in.
  4. Eggs-tremely good news from the henhouse

    Turns out eggs aren't so bad for you after all. That's right! You can even eat the yolks now. (Of course, if you've been listening to me, you never stopped eating them in the first place.)
  5. Save your skin? Skip the sunscreen!

    An independent NIH panel recently voted to confirm a damning report published by the National Toxicology Program, which found that a key ingredient in many sunscreens can actually supercharge skin tumors.
  6. Bio-fortified corn shows the potential of GM foods

    Scientists have created a way to "breed" a strain of corn that has a significantly higher amount of vitamin A.

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