Now a day, it is not possible to avoid exposure to all the carcinogens and chemicals in the environment. If we fear “What might be out there” will rob us of a fullness, abundant-ness & aliveness in life. As you have read in our earlier blogs that to the mere fact that we need oxygen to live puts us at a significant risk for oxidative stress. Therefore, the best strategy is not to hide out, but to maximize our own body’s immune system and antioxidant defenses and this begins by eating a healthy diet. It seems logical that if oxidative stress is indeed the cause of cancer, antioxidants used to bring free radicals back into balance would lower the risk of cancer. This logic was proved true by Dr. Gladys Block. In 1972 cancer research specialist Dr. Block reviewed 172 epidemiological studies from around the world on diet and cancer and discovered a universal and consistent finding; those individuals who had the highest intake of fruits and vegetables, the main source of antioxidants, showed significantly decreased risk of developing almost every kind of cancer. The opposite also holds true. Dr. Bruce Ames, a leading cancer researcher, stated in an interview with the journal of the American Medical Association that individuals who consume the least amounts of fruits and vegetables have twice the risk of cancer as those who consume more. Merely by consuming 5-7 servings of fruits and vegetables daily, a person can decrease the risk of almost every type of cancer by 50%. The absolute best defense your body has is a good diet. A doctor can prescribe nothing which can take place of the diet your body needs to fuel and replenish itself. One of the principle you will hear me stress over and over is the fact that if you choose to use nutritional supplements, you must supplement a good diet, not a bad one. The first step toward building a strong immune system is to eat a high fiber, low fat diet largely made up of fruits and vegetables. Medical research is beginning to demonstrate that taking antioxidants in supplementation to our diet is very important in prevention of cancer. Studies show that supplementation of a good diet over a 24 week period of time with Beta Carotene, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E resulted in a significant decrease of oxidative damage to the DNA of both smokers and non smokers. Vitamin E has also been shown to protect against exercise induced DNA damage.