Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Red Meat Harms, Soy Helps, Vitamins Do Nothing

CNN is reporting on a couple of Harvard Medical School studies suggest vitamins have no affect on heart disease and red meat ups breast cancer risk in women. On the flip side, Reuters reports a new University of Hawaii study showing women raised on soy are 58 percent less likely to develop breast cancer.

In the University of Hawaii study, "The women who ate the most soy-based foods such as tofu and miso when aged 5 to 11 reduced their risk of developing breast cancer," reported Reuters.

Now, if you didn't eat a lot of soy as a kid, try cutting back on red meat later in life to reduce your risk of developing breast cancer. For women that ate the most red meat later in life (age 26 to 46), the University of Harvard found an increased risk of breast cancer.

"Meat consumption was linked to a risk of developing tumors whose growth was fueled by estrogen or progesterone -- the most common type," reported CNN.

Also from the University of Harvard, we learned this week that vitamin supplements "will do little if anything to protect her heart." This doesn't mean that vitamin supplements are completely useless, just for heart disease, it seems.

In the heart study, 8,000 women were randomly assigned various combinations of vitamin C, E, B, beta carotene and folic acid for seven to ten years. After sifting through the results, scientists concluded that, "there was minimal evidence of any cardiovascular benefit of any of these antioxidants."

However, researchers did find that vitamin C was found to reduce the risk of stroke by 42 percent.

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I started pound360 to channel my obsession with vitamins, running and the five senses. Eventually, I got bored focusing on all that stuff, so I came back from a one month hiatus in May of 2007 (one year after launching Pound360) and broadened my mumblings here to include all science.