- IP-6. In animal studies, IP6 (Inositol hexaphosphate) has been shown to help prevent colon, liver, lung and soft tissue cancers. Researchers believe it works by preventing abnormal cell growth. In lab studies, this naturally occurring carbohydrate found in high-fiber foods like grains, beans and seeds even turned cancerous cells back into normal cells. Take 500 milligrams at breakfast and dinnertime. Available for about $15 at vitamin stores.
- Selenium. This essential mineral is a potent antioxidant and works by boosting our body’s natural defenses and helping to clear out dangerous free radicals. A recent study showed that it might help reduce the risk of colorectal, lung and even prostate cancers by almost 40%. While selenium is found in multivitamins, these usually only contain about 50 to 70 mcg, which is enough for a healthy diet but not enough for cancer prevention, which studies indicate may be necessary. Take 200 mcg a day. Available at drug stores for about $6.
- Black raspberry. Black raspberries have different micronutrients than red raspberries, which dictate their color and may help prevent esophageal and cervical cancer. These micronutrients are called anthocyanins. Look for all-natural, freeze-dried varieties. Freeze-drying helps preserve the anthocyanins so they don’t degrade as much before you eat them. Each 300 mg capsule is the micronutrient equivalent of eating four cups of fresh berries daily. Take 300 mg per day. Available for about $10 at vitamin stores or online.
- Vitamin D. Vitamin D is a cancer prevention must-have, since low vitamin D intake is associated with higher risks of cervical, breast and colorectal cancers. Vitamin D is a cancer triple threat that researchers believe may interrupt the growth of abnormal cells, kill off cancer cells and help cut off blood supply to tumors. Take 1,000 IUs daily. If you forget your supplement one morning, spend about 15 minutes in the sun. Available at drugstores for about $5.
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