It's probably no surprise to you that lung and bronchial cancer are the number one cancer killers in the United States. Cigarette smoking is the primary cause. But what might surprise you is that if lung cancer in non-smokers had its own separate category, it would rank among the top 10 fatal cancers in this country. While many would blame radon gas as the culprit for all these non-smoking cases, there could be another reason.
Radon gas is a controversial topic. There are people who are convinced radon causes lung cancer. And there are those who insist it actually causes cancer rates to go down, not up. Regardless of whether radon causes cancer or not, there's one thing most experts do agree on — one of the most overlooked causes of lung cancer is damage to the lungs caused by underlying inflammation in the lungs. Inflammation turns on tumor-promoting genes. It also increases other substances, such as insulin-like growth factor and interleukin six, that can promote cancer. This inflammation usually comes from a pulmonary disease, such as pulmonary fibrosis or alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency. But it also could come from air pollution, secondhand smoke, asbestos, radon gas, or any other foreign substance the body doesn't handle well.
Obviously, we live in a world where our risk of exposure to pollution is almost unavoidable. So whether the cause is radon or something else, the real goal for the vast majority of us is to protect our lungs. Simply by doing so could prevent this terrible killer.
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So how can you protect your lungs against any type of pollution? The best answer I've seen came from a study conducted in India in 2009. In this study, the researchers combined two of my favorite nutrients — resveratrol and curcumin — to see if they could fight lung cancer. We've known for some time that resveratrol is an effective cancer fighter. But this study wanted to see if combining it with curcumin would impact its ability to fight the cancer. And it did.
In the study, the researchers gave animals with lung carcinoma either resveratrol, curcumin, or both nutrients together. They found that while resveratrol and curcumin worked well individually, they worked significantly better together. The animals taking the individual nutrients showed some improvement. But those taking the combination showed a much greater amount of improvement.
This is an animal study, so it's not conclusive. But it affirms many other studies that show these two nutrients can help reduce inflammation and fight cancer. So if you want to protect your lungs against the number one cancer killer in the U.S., then take these two nutrients at the same time. I recommend taking Advanced Resveratrol Formula and Reduloxin together. The combination will help protect your lungs and the rest of your body as well.
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Steve Kroening, ND.