Cancer is still one of the biggest health problems in the world. Researchers are feverishly searching for effective antidotes that can save the sick. But effective prevention saves much more suffering, and that’s exactly what age researcher Heike A. Bischoff-Ferrari’s study was aimed at. She found that three simple measures combined can reduce the risk of cancer in old age by up to 61%. The result most likely also applies to the youngest.
2000 healthy elderly people took part in the study
The researcher and her team observed 2,000 study participants over a three-year period. Subjects received a total package consisting of high-dose vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids, and regular exercise. These were healthy people over the age of 70 who had never had cancer. Previous studies have already shown that all three measures individually slightly reduce the risk of cancer, the new study now showing an additive effect. This means that the three mechanisms of action interact and lead to an overwhelming result.
What is the effect of each individual measure?
Vitamin D has been shown to suppress the development of cancer cells, omega-3 fatty acids have an anti-inflammatory effect in an area key to cancer development, and exercise can kill cancer cells. Physical activity consisted of a simple exercise program with thirty minutes of strength training three times a week. If you only combined vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids, you would have a 51% risk reduction. Vitamin D plus exercise combined reached 53 percent. The triple combination broke all records.
2000 IU of vitamin D3 and 1 g of omega-3 fatty acids
The researchers gave their subjects 2,000 IU of vitamin D3 every day, the maximum recommended intake by the German Society for Nutrition (DGE). However, to prevent vitamin D deficiency, adults should only take 800 IU per day. Omega-3 was in the form of seaweed because, unlike the fish-based variety, this product does not taste like fish when regurgitated. Therefore, the placebos in the control group remained unknown. Subjects received 1 g of this nutrient per day, following the current recommendation for the prevention of cardiovascular disease.
Further research on the subject is planned. It can’t be wrong to start exercising now! It is best to discuss everything else with your doctor.