Another great segment from Dr. Oz!
Dr. Oz had a panel of three physicians on and asked each of them for a cancer-prevention tip. This is what they had to say:
Dr. William Li: Gouda cheese can help prevent cancer.
Hard cheeses like Gouda contain a special vitamin called Vitamin K2, which inhibits the growth of cancer cells. Vitamin K2 is particulary effective against lung cancer, the number one cancer killer of women. Dr. Li also said that Vitamin K2 helps to prevent hardening of the arteries. Other hard cheeses like Jarlsburg (see picture above), Edam and Emmentaller also contain Vitamin K2.
I wish Dr. Li had mentioned that the fermented soybean product called natto contains loads of Vitamin K2 (20-30 times the levels in the same amount of hard cheese!). It’s an acquired taste (a little dab will do ‘ya), but it really is pretty tasty once you get used to it. You can find natto in most Asian food stores. Be prepared to trip out when you eat it…
Dr. Ilana Cass: Exercise Can Help Prevent Cancer!
As if you didn’t know that exercise is absolutely essential for a healthy mind and body, it can also help prevent cancer. Dr. Cass recommends 45-60 minutes of vigorous exercise 5 days a week, but if you can only manage 30 minutes 3 days a week, that will also help (but not as much!). Maintaining a healthy weight will also help reduce your risk of getting cancer. Eating right and exercising will help you do that!
I would add that a variety of exercise is beneficial: 3 sessions of weight training, 1 session of intervals and 1 session of walking, gardening or bicycling will do the trick!
Dr. Dara Richardson-Heron: Grilled Meat Can Cause Cancer
Grilling beef, pork, chicken or fish to the point of being charred (or even well-done) can produce substances that can cause cancer. One way to reduce the formation of these carcinogens is by marinating the meat first, and perhaps pre-cooking it to reduce the amount of time it spends on the grill at high heat. Another way to reduce your cancer risk is to place some sprigs of rosemary over the grill, then place the meat on top of the rosemary. This will also infuse your meat with great flavor!
Did you happen to see this segment? What did you think?
Robert J. Stone