My family eats organic foods whenever we can. And I encourage you to do the same. But some people are now wondering if organic food is completely safe. The answer, of course, is no - nothing is perfectly safe. But is it possible organic foods will contribute to breast cancer?
The answer is yes, but no more than non-organic foods. And, more importantly, there's an easy way to lower your risk even more. Let me explain.
Research is showing that organic foods often contain just as many heavy metal contaminants as non-organic foods. The reason is simple - the contaminants are in the soil. Heavy metals are minerals, such as cadmium, mercury, copper, arsenic, lead, and others which are all in the soil. There's nothing you can do about it - unless you grow the plants using hydroponics.
Of these minerals, some are more toxic than others. For instance, new research shows that cadmium promotes breast cancer. Much of this research comes from the effects of cadmium from cheap jewelry and cosmetics. But cadmium is in the soil. And non-organic farmers often will use cadmium-laced chemical fertilizer (it's in phosphate rock).
One of these studies found that low levels of cadmium can make breast cancer cells more aggressive. That's because it acts as a synthetic estrogen and disrupts the body's natural estrogen function.
Another study found that women who consume the most cadmium have a 21% higher risk of developing breast cancer.
So, should you avoid eating organic produce to avoid the cadmium? Absolutely not! This last study actually found that these foods - even though they contain cadmium - lowered breast cancer risk.
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But eating your veggies isn't the only way to avoid breast cancer from cadmium.
You also need to take plenty of spirulina. Spirulina is a blue-green microalgae that contains incredible health benefits. One study found that spirulina can protect the sensitive cells of babies from cadmium-related birth defects. The researchers said, "Spirulina treatment significantly and dose-dependently decreased lipid peroxidation, which was dramatically increased by administration of the metal." "Lipid peroxidation" is the process where free radicals remove electrons from the cell membrane. It weakens cells and makes them more likely to become cancerous. If spirulina can protect babies, then it can protect you. You can find spirulina in most health food stores and online. If you're already taking Advanced Greens Formula, then you're already getting a healthful dose of spirulina.
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.