Are you at risk of developing lung cancer?
If you don’t smoke cigarettes or tobacco, you’d think your risk is pretty low. But unfortunately, that’s not the case—not even close!
An astounding 80 percent of lung cancer patients are either non-smokers or smokers who quit their habit.
And that’s deeply concerning since lung cancer fatalities take a far greater toll than any other form of cancer.
My point today is simple: Everyone is at risk of this deadly disease. And that’s why it’s so important to know about three essential vitamins, proven to shield your lungs from cancer.
A life-saving screening method
Many years ago, National Cancer Institute (NCI) officials made a disastrous decision about lung cancer.
This was a moment that Dr. Marc Micozzi witnessed with an insider’s perspective. At the time, he was Senior Investigator of Cancer Prevention at the NCI.
In his Breathe Better Lung Health Protocol, Dr. Micozzi recalls how officials simply chalked lung cancer up to being just a “behavioral problem”—the failure to stop smoking. So instead of researching genetic risks linked to lung cancer—or developing effective screening techniques and new treatments—they funded studies and campaigns aimed at controlling the “bad” behavior of smoking.
“And they did this,” Dr. Micozzi adds, “knowing full well that most smokers aren’t susceptible to lung cancer or other ‘smoking-related’ diseases. In fact, nine out of 10 smokers never get lung cancer.”
This is why Dr. Micozzi highly recommends a lung cancer screening called low-dose computed tomography, or LDCT.
He notes that this excellent technique can reduce the death rate for lung cancer by 20 percent. And when lung cancer is caught at stage 1, the five-year survival rate is nearly 90 percent.
“Not bad,” he says, “for a cancer that NCI wrote off for decades as ‘incurable.’”
An indispensable lung-nurturing nutrient
We can thank our lucky stars that research has evolved beyond the focus of smoking as the only worthy lung cancer issue. We know much more about prevention than past generations did.
For instance, we now know that proper nutrition has the power to prevent chronic disease. And Dr. Micozzi cites considerable evidence on how three key vitamins can impede the development of lung cancer.
First up: vitamin C. As you may know, vitamin C is an excellent cancer-fighter. Dr. Micozzi notes that even back in the 80s, the evidence was overwhelming. Unfortunately, the same group of political scientists who decided to only limit lung cancer research to smokers decided not to study vitamin C any further. This was a damaging setback which is now overshadowed by more recent research into the benefits of vitamin C.
Dr. Micozzi details one of those studies. In an investigation that included 9,000 participants, Chinese researchers concluded that you can reduce your lung cancer risk by 7 percent for every 100 mg of vitamin C that you take.
“Amazingly,” Dr. Micozzi says, “no one who participated in the Chinese study got less than 100 mg per day of vitamin C. Yet the U.S. recommended daily allowance (RDA) is only 90 mg, an amount which would, according to the study, nearly double your risk of lung cancer.”
Dr. Micozzi notes that the RDA is based on the amount it takes to prevent scurvy. But cancer? Far more is required for that.
He recommends 1,000 mg of C a day, divided into two doses several hours apart to ensure a consistent level. And don’t worry, he says—1,000 mg isn’t a “megadose.” It’s the daily level necessary for optimum health.
In addition, Dr. Micozzi recommends you eat plenty of vitamin C-rich foods like citrus, leafy green vegetables, and peppers—the hotter the better. Rose hips are also very high in C and can be brewed in herbal teas.
Two more Breathe Better essentials
The next standout vitamin for controlling lung cancer is a well-known overall cancer fighter…
Vitamin D. Dr. Micozzi cites a recent analysis of 12 studies that involved nearly 300,000 participants. Those with the highest vitamin D levels in their blood had 17 percent less risk of lung cancer compared to people with the lowest D levels.
To achieve an effective level of vitamin D, Dr. Micozzi says, “All you have to do is take my recommended dose of 10,000 IU (or 250 mcg) of vitamin D3 every day.”
Vitamin E. To round out our lung cancer-fighting trio, Dr. Micozzi stresses the importance of getting a generous daily dose of vitamin E.
He points to another study from China, where researchers looked at six decades of research on vitamin E’s protective effect against lung cancer. Results showed that individuals with the highest intake of the vitamin had, on average, a 16 percent lower lung cancer risk compared to those with the lowest intake.
Dr. Micozzi recommends 50 IU of vitamin E daily. And he adds that it’s important to use a supplement that contains all eight forms of this vitamin—four tocopherols and four tocotrienols.
In addition to taking these three excellent cancer-fighting vitamins, Dr. Micozzi offers several preventive actions you can take to protect yourself from lung cancer in his brand-new Breathe Better Lung Health Protocol.