Breast Cancer Prevention: Wear pink if you want, but more importantly take your vitamin D and Iodine.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Most of us know someone affected by breast cancer. As a mother I want to do everything in my power to protect my daughter from this deadly disease. Thankfully new research is discovering simple nutrients which can dramatically decrease one’s risk of developing Breast Cancer.
I hope every person reading this article will finish it, listen to what I have to say and pass this information on to every female they know. I believe this disease is preventable and a few simple steps can have a huge impact, especially with young girls.
The two main nutrients I am going to discuss are Vitamin D and Iodine. Inexpensive and easy to find. Both nutrients are lacking in the northwest and should be supplemented.
You need the sun to make vitamin D. Well you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know that in the Flathead Valley we may not get enough sun all year long to produce adequate amounts of vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiencies have already been associated with elevated risk of about 20 cancers, including breast cancer. Amazingly, individuals with higher levels of Vitamin D (above 52ng/ml) had 50% lower risk of breast cancer. Wow, 50%, I like that. Yet, don’t you wonder why this is information doesn’t seem to be mainstream yet. We, as women, need to tell each other. New recommendations suggest taking 3000-5000 iu’s of vitamin D3 a day. It is important to have a blood level of total vitamin D take at some point to make sure you are taking enough to be in the upper third of the range. Vitamin D is one of our fat soluble vitamins and can build up in the system so we want to also make sure our levels aren’t to high. New research out of The University of California is showing how vitamin D is critical for healthy breast tissue and preventing cancer cells from escaping into the blood stream. Children also need adequate amounts of vitamin D.
Now, on to Iodine. We all know about iodized salt. Well, believe it or not, currently in the US up to 20% of the population is once again iodine deficient. We do not get iodine from the soil, only from sea vegetables and ocean fish. Your breast tissue needs 3x the amount of iodine as your thyroid to remain healthy. Iodine supplementation should be one of the main pillars of any breast cancer prevention program and possibly for treatment as well. The salt in processed food is not iodized and actually contains a chemical which is an iodine antagonist, meaning it blocks iodine receptors in your body making the problem worse. We need 6.5 to 12.5mg of iodine a day for healthy breast tissue. You can’t store iodine in your body so you need to get a little bit each and every day. Fibrocystic breast disease may resolve with adequate iodine. Iodine is the only trace element that can be ingested safely in amounts up to 100,000 times the RDA.
I believe this article has the potential to save lives. What we do with the information is up to us. Thank you for reading and please contact me if you have more questions or need help. No female should ever have to go through breast cancer. My heart goes out to all the women and family members who have dealt with this deadly disease.
I hope this information helps you.
Be well, Kiersten