Blast from the Past
Certain dietary supplements have been linked to an increased cancer risk. A research meta-analysis of two decades worth of research covered 12 trials that involved more than 300,000 people, and found that unlike eating a variety of fruits and vegetables, taking lots of supplements may raise a person’s risk of developing cancer.
Examples of supplements that were studied and found to impact certain cancers connected: beta carotene and lung cancer, vitamin E and prostate cancer, selenium and skin cancer, and folic acid and colon cancer.
However, this doesn’t mean that no one should take any supplements whatsoever. I agree that the supplements mentioned above are not ones people should be taking, yet certain supplements can be helpful for filling holes in an inadequate diet, or for addressing established nutrient deficiencies.
In Step 4 of my eBook 9 Steps to Perfect Health, Supplement Wisely, I suggest using smart supplementation based on the most common nutrient needs for the average person. While getting your nutrients from food is always the optimal choice, sometimes getting what we need solely from food is difficult, if not impossible. That’s why I recommend supplementing with certain forms of vitamins and minerals that can support our best health.
- Electric light, particularly at night, disrupts human circadian rhythms.
- A country of couch potatoes: The number of Americans who were “totally sedentary” rose to its highest level since 2007.
- Researchers are still in the early stages of understanding the effects of sleep loss.
- Do slow-digesting carbohydrates make us feel more full?
- An an irregular microbiome can increase the risk of many chronic diseases diseases for Westerners.
- Processed foods are more likely to be associated with addictive eating behavior.
- Flavanols, natural compounds found in tea, fruits, and some chocolates among other sources, have been shown to enhance brain function and cognitive performance in older adults.
Worth a Look
- The scientists who want to fix America’s guts started with their own.
- Find your fitness bliss by putting the fun back in activity.
- We don’t need better chemicals and more tolerant crops – we need fewer chemicals.
- Get all the evidence-based information you need about healing from adrenal fatigue.
- Modern conveniences like quick, easy snacks may disrupt our natural circadian rhythms.
- Jeb Bush is following a Paleo diet, which may be affecting his campaign.
- The USDA’s organic standards don’t prevent animal cruelty—but that may soon change.
- My friend Sarah, founder of Everyday Paleo, launched a new website and blog.
- Take a look at Dr. Mercola’s newest book to change how you think about your health.
- Interested in becoming a vegetarian? (Please take this with the lighthearted spirit that I’m posting it with.)
- The negative impact lack of sleep has on the brain is alarming. (Infographic)
For the Foodies
- Sustainable Dish: Chicken, Beef and Fish Stock
- Rubies and Radishes: Superfood Sardine Spread
- Jessi’s Kitchen: Roasted Poblano with Sweet Potato Filling
- Stupid Easy Paleo: Chicken Pineapple Meatballs
- The Domestic Man: Roast NY Strip Loin
- The Healthy Foodie: Braised Lamb and Wild Mushrooms Shepherds Pie
- Everyday Paleo: Vietnamese Shaking Beef
- Things My Belly Likes: Perfect Crispy Chicken Thighs
- Against All Grain: Almond Pulp Double Chocolate Cookies
- Real Food With Dana: Berries & Cream Sweet Plantain Waffles
- Elana’s Pantry: Chocolate Chia Pudding