Could this miracle mineral keep you free of cancer?
You’re choking down your food… your chest is on fire… and your chances of being around five years from now are downright slim.
Pretty much EVERYTHING about esophageal cancer is tough to “swallow”!
That’s why you want to do all you can to protect yourself from this killer — or, if you’ve already been diagnosed, to eject it from your system.
But the typical treatments for esophageal cancer — chemotherapy, radiation, and putting your esophagus under the knife — can be almost more brutal than the disease itself.
Fortunately, according to a new study, there’s a natural way to protect yourself from esophageal cancer that’s also a promising treatment for it — because the essential mineral zinc can put an end to cancer cells.
In the study out of the University of Texas at Arlington, researchers removed both cancerous and normal cells from the esophagi (yes, that’s the plural of esophagus) of patients with esophageal cancer.
When the researchers applied zinc to the cells in the lab, the cancerous cells DIED… but the healthy cells did not!
Now, you may be wondering how zinc could selectively fight cancer cells and only cancer cells — especially when all the mainstream “scorched earth” approaches cannot.
Well, the answer has to do with yet another essential mineral: calcium.
Unlike healthy cells, cancer cells send out overactive calcium signals — but, since zinc can “communicate” with calcium, it can overpower these signals and cause the abnormal cells to back down.
And the benefits of zinc don’t stop there.
Zinc has also been shown in studies to beef up your immune system… prevent your eyes from age-related macular generation… guard your liver against disease… and even slow down the aging process in your cells, among other benefits.
So, whether you’re concerned about cancer or just your general health, make sure you’re getting plenty of zinc in your diet — especially since zinc deficiency is fairly common among cancer patients!
You can boost your zinc intake by eating Paleo-friendly foods like beef, oysters, crab, dark meat chicken, yogurt, spinach, flax seeds, and pumpkin seeds.
But since zinc deficiency is ALSO pretty common among folks over the age of 55, I also recommend my patients take 25 to 30 milligrams of zinc (picolinate or citrate) in supplement form, two to three times each day.
Prolonged use of zinc can lead to a deficiency or insufficiency in copper (and vice versa), so it’s best to also take 2 milligrams of copper (from sebacate).
Many good multi-vitamin/mineral combinations already contain these amounts, so check the quantities on the label of your multi to be sure.
Just be careful not to go overboard — because there is such a thing as too much zinc. A doctor who’s well-versed in integrative medicine can work with you on finding the right regimen for you.