Saturday, November 22, 2008
Prostate Cancer and Selenium
Cancer is no doubt a scary word. I spend a great portion of my life staying healthy and avoiding becoming succeptible to cancer. Being a woman, I know of the cancers that can affect women such as Breast, Ovarian, Cervical..etc. I also know of the cancers that do not discriminate against gender such as Colon cancer, Lung cancer, and Thyroid cancer. However I've recently learned of a cancer that targets men, Prostate Cancer.
According to MedlinePlus, Prostate cancer is the third most common cause of death from cancer in men. Scary statistics! However, there are ways to fight and avoid being part of the stats. Selenium, is a mineral that has been studied and found to decrease the risk of prostate cancer in men. From the Office of Dietary Supplement, "Selenium is incorporate into proteins. Which are important antioxidant enzymes."
How do you get selenium? Selenium can be found in most plants foods, but the amount of selenium depends on the soil content. Most people are aware that living a healthy life style, which includes, eating balanced meals and incorporating consistent excercise into daily activity is crucial. Unfortunately, sometimes due to factors beyond your control such as geography, you may not being able to incorporate enough selenium into your diet.
Luckily, selenium supplements are available. According to the Prostate Cancer Research Institute, organic selenium supplements are recommended to prevent the incidence of prostate cancer. Mixture of organic forms found in brewer's yeast have a better safety profile. So do your research! Find out if selenium supplements are right for you and start fighting your way from the scary prostate cancer statistics.