We are all aware of the fact that, knowing the probability of getting sick ... or precisely what is the risk of having cancer at some point in life, is not possible! Very often we appreciate that this risk is distant and quite unlikely while the mitigation rules appear unspecific and sometimes confusing. They are not like the very clear and specific ones meant to stay away of germs and thus, reduce the risk of getting cold!
Besides, the medical and scientific community isn’t helping very much as is not ready to produce a consistent prevention approach. Various recent studies lead to divergent conclusions ... while the most popular hypothesis and trends never create a majority. Still there are several approaches that almost everybody agrees with ... such as the importance of keeping the stress under control and of eating more healthy, improving the food quality with natural compounds that contain anti-cancer properties.
Recent research shows that a healthy diet that is aimed to mitigate the risk of cancer should include magnesium rich food as much as possible! According to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN) there is a provable connection between diet’s content in magnesium and risk of colorectal tumors:
Briefly, the study shows that with every 100 mg of magnesium added in the diet the risk of colorectal tumors decreases by 13%, while the risk of colorectal cancer decreases by 12%. In this study, the researchers have noted that the anticancer effects of magnesium could be due to its ability to reduce insulin resistance, which can positively affect tumor growth. The study concluded as follows:
"Eating magnesium rich foods should be explored in more detail in quest of cancer prevention strategies. Various studies in the food area show that many people in the United States do not ingest the recommended quantities of magnesium ... there is a concern among medical doctors that many people do not have sufficient magnesium in the body, for many reasons, such as the ineffective assimilation capacity. Having sufficient magnesium reserves the body can certainly provide a protective effect against disorders such as colorectal cancer, cardiovascular disease and immunological dysfunction."
To provide the body with sufficient amounts of magnesium your diet should be diversified and should include various fresh and plain food. Very good magnesium rich foods easy to integrate in your daily diet are: pumpkin seeds, almonds, walnuts, Brazil nuts, cashew nuts, pine nuts, peanuts, sesame seeds, cacao. Other precious foods with high capacity to contribute to the body magnesium reserve are: avocado, bananas, dates, apricots, figs, raisins and vegetables in general. Nevertheless, there are factors that create a predisposition to a magnesium deficiency and these factors should be controlled:
A precarious digestive system that damage the body's ability to absorb magnesium (Crohn's disease, irritable bowel syndrome, etc.)
Damaged kidneys that contribute to excessive loss of magnesium through urine
Diabetes, particularly if it is not adequately controlled, which also causes too much magnesium loss via urine
Alcoholism, since 60% of alcoholic people have low levels of magnesium
Age, since magnesium absorption is decreasing with age and this effect gets worse due to synthetic drugs administration for various diseases often interfering with the absorption
Various allopathic medicines such as diuretics, antibiotics and drugs used to treat cancer can cause magnesium deficiency