As you may know, about 40% of men over 50 years old will develop prostate cancer. Most of these men will never know they have the disease. And they will still live a very healthy life. But if the disease becomes advanced, it can pose a serious threat. So preventing the tumor from advancing is vital. Well, this may sound incredible, but a new study has found a way for men to reduce their risk of developing advanced prostate cancer by 75%.
Amazingly, they can do it with very little effort — in fact, the treatment may give them a great night's sleep to boot. That's because this new study found that the sleep hormone melatonin can protect men from prostate cancer.
The study looked at 928 men from Iceland. Sarah Markt, the lead author of the study, had this to say about the study: "Men who had higher levels of melatonin had a 75% reduced risk for developing advanced prostate cancer compared with men who had lower melatonin. The risk was especially reduced when it came to advanced disease."
The researchers found that low levels of melatonin — and the resulting lack of sleep — can play a major role in the progression of prostate cancer. But it's not just prostate cancer. Other studies have found that melatonin can slow the progression of breast cancer as well.
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This begs the question: Is it the low melatonin levels that allow the cancer growth — or the lack of sleep and the anxiety that's causing the lack of sleep? Dr. Markt hinted at this when she said, "Prospective studies to investigate the interplay between sleep duration, sleep disturbance, and melatonin levels on the risk for prostate cancer are needed." We know that anxiety isn't the cause of all insomnia, but it is a major cause. Could it be the cause of low melatonin levels? It's very possible. I'll have more on anxiety and sleep in Saturday's Nutrient Insider.
Regardless of the real cause, it's apparent from the study that melatonin levels were critical for controlling the growth of prostate tumors. Some people are saying it's too early to recommend that men over 50 take melatonin to prevent prostate cancer. They're saying that because this study hasn't appeared in a medical journal yet, so it hasn't gone through the review process.
That's ridiculous. There are so many studies on melatonin's ability to fight cancer that I don't see any reason to wait. This is especially true considering it's extremely safe and natural. Plus, there's a simple way to make the melatonin work even better. All you have to do is combine it with d-limonene. I've told you about d-limonene in the past, as it's great for fighting heartburn. But it's also another natural cancer fighter. Taken with melatonin, this gives you a one-two punch against prostate cancer that's extremely powerful.
You can buy melatonin and d-limonene in a combination formula from Advanced Bionutritionals. They designed the product to fight heartburn, which is why it has the name Advanced Heartburn Relief. And it works incredibly well for many cases of GERD. But it has the added ability to fight cancer.
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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.
HealthDay News, January 20, 2014.
Presentation at American Association for Cancer Research, January 19, 2014.