The Alliance for Aging Research in the USA
recommends that for the prevention of heart disease, cancer and
age-related damage we should take each day:
- 1,000mg of vitamin C per day
- 400iu of vitamin E per day
- 17,000 - 50,000iu of beta carotene
This is considerably more than the
recommended daily allowance in the UK.
Fish oils may protect against lung
cancer in smokers. Those who eat fish at least twice a week are less
likely to develop lung cancer or other lung diseases than those who
don't consume any fish oils at all. The parts of fish rich in oils are
the eyes, bowels and brain.
More nuts, olive oil, porridge and
small quantities of red wine can reduce the risk of cancer and heart
disease. These are the results of a study comparing mortality from
cancer and ischemic heart disease in vegetarians and non-vegetarians.
Women who have a diet high in fibre
have a low risk of developing breast cancer. The reasons for this are
not clear but it is suggested that fibre may bind to inactivate the
hormones which are associated with breast cancer.
Flavonoids, which are very effective
antioxidants, can halve the risk of heart disease. Important sources of
flavonoids include fruit, onions, green tea and red wine.
Extra virgin olive oil reduces the
stickiness of the blood and helps with blood circulation. It also
contains strong antioxidants.
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