27 December 2006

Eat well before you eat

The Linus Pauling Institute has found that what your Mum eats can protect you against cancer for life. Which, of course, means that if you’re a Mum working your way through towards birth, what you eat can have a huge effect on your child’s health.

Among all childhood deaths in the U.S., cancer is second only to accidents as the leading cause, and the fetus and neonate are sensitive targets for toxic carcinogens. It would be important if we could affect this through maternal diet.

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none of the infant mice received the protective supplement later in their life, at any stage beyond breast feeding. The protective effect of the compound came solely from maternal intake during pregnancy and nursing, but lasted into the animal’s middle age.

Dosing up on just the supplement can be risky, but...

the amounts of this and other valuable phytochemicals that could be obtained in any normal diet rich in cruciferous vegetables should be safe and useful, they said. These vegetables include broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, radishes, turnips and other types of greens and cabbages

So... hitting the crucifers heavily during pregnancy & lactation can offer your child protection against “lymphoma and, later on, lung cancer” even with no extra doses of vitamins later in life.

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