At the time of this writing, nearly 800 studies relating the benefit of lycopene in fighting cancer have been indexed by the US National Library of Medicine. Not all of the results have been positive, but many of them were. Here's a look at some of the latest news.
From studies done in Argentina, researchers report that there is a strong correlation between unhealthy eating habits, being overweight and developing prostate cancer. They concluded that the healthiest diet, from a preventive standpoint, is one that is low in total fat and rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin C and lycopene. Other researchers have drawn similar concluding.
From Brazil, researchers report that women who have high blood levels of antioxidants, including beta-carotene, vitamin E and lycopene are related to a lower risk of cervical cancer. They conducted a small study composed of low-income female volunteers, and the study showed that there were benefits in the use of intravenous vitamins including lycopene in fighting cancer.
It is always a good idea to be cautious about recommending a nutritional supplement for something as serious as a carcinoma. As far as we know, there is no miracle pill. There are only treatments. Some treatments are more effective than others.
Right now, doctors take the most aggressive approach possible when treating any form of the disease. Whenever possible, they operate to remove the tumor. The surgery is generally followed by aggressive chemotherapy. If surgery is impossible, chemotherapy is the first line of treatment.
Doctors are likely to recommend that their patients continue to eat a healthy diet whenever possible and take a variety of nutritional supplements, especially when nausea and weight loss are present. It is important to support the body's ability to heal itself whenever possible.
The two studies mentioned above are not the only ones concerning the benefit of lycopene in combating cancer. Alternative practitioners and doctors of naturopathic medicine have been using nutrients like that for many years to fight a variety of diseases. Do they always work?
Nothing works all of the time. The most important thing that a person can do is to find and start taking a good multi-nutritional supplement that includes plant extracts, natural anti-inflammatories and lots of antioxidants. Eating a diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables is believed to be highly beneficial as well.
The studies concerning lycopene in fighting cancer may never provide proof of the benefits. But as far as prevention goes, we believe that it is possible.
Diet and lifestyle are two of the largest components of your plan for prevention. Visiting your doctor regularly for screening is another. Alternative and natural practitioners may not agree with the mainstream medical community on some things. But they do agree on those points, the significance of diet and lifestyle.
So, eat a healthy diet. Avoid the simple carbs like white bread, because they contribute to cellular aging and DNA damage. Eat lots of fruits, vegetables, fish and whole grains like wild rice. The evidence concerning lycopene in fighting cancer is positive so far. But, you do not want to wait until you have the disease to start the fight.