If you suffer from chronic acid reflux, you’re probably aware of an alarming truth about your condition…
It increases your risk for esophageal cancer.
Esophageal cancer doesn’t get as much press as breast cancer, lung cancer or prostate cancer — but it’s the sixth leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide, so it deserves some attention…
Especially since it’s tied to a condition as common as acid reflux.
The best way to prevent cancer if you have acid reflux, is to get your reflux under control ASAP. If you’ve been struggling to do that, you may want to try these tips for finding refuge from reflux.
But while you’re working on alleviating or, even better, eliminating your acid reflux there’s another step you can take to reduce your risk of esophageal cancer…
Pop a zinc supplement daily. Because, it turns out, this immune-boosting mineral does more than help you keep away a cold. It helps you keep away cancer…
Zinc’s cancer links
A study conducted by researchers from University of Texas at Arlington and several other institutions found that zinc stops the growth of esophageal cancer cells without interfering with the growth of normal, healthy esophageal cells.
The study was performed in a test tube, not a person. But this is far from the first time zinc has been tied to esophageal cancer prevention…
Previous research shows that zinc deficiency is a common problem in people with esophageal cancer, as well as other types of cancer. In fact, as many as 65 percent of people with head and neck cancers (like esophageal cancer) are deficient in zinc… which means, in many cases, zinc could be the key to cancer prevention.
Part of the reason zinc is so important for cancer prevention and overall health is because your body needs it to create certain proteins and enzymes. Without these proteins and enzymes, your cells can’t function… which means without zinc your cells can’t function.
In the case of cancer, researchers found that zinc stops overactive calcium in cancer cells. Calcium production goes awry in cancer cells for some reason, but not in healthy cells. So by halting these cancer-causing calcium signals, zinc kills cancer cells.
Don’t succumb to zinc deficiency
So if you have acid reflux — or even if you don’t — make sure you get enough zinc. Most people need about 8 to 11 mg per day.
People over 60, vegetarians, people with chronic diarrhea, anorexics, alcoholics and pregnant women are especially at-risk for zinc deficiency. If you fall into one of these groups, you may want to test yourself for zinc deficiency. One way to tell if you’re deficient in zinc is to do an at-home taste test with liquid zinc sulfate.
As with all vitamins, nutrients and minerals, it’s a good idea to get most of your zinc from foods, like:
- Flax seeds
- Pumpkin seeds
- Seafood like shrimp and oysters.
But if you’re worried about esophageal cancer (or other types of cancer), you can always take a supplement too. In fact, if you already take a multivitamin supplement, you probably get plenty of zinc from that, so you can breathe easy knowing you’re doing what you can to keep cancer from coming your way.
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- Study says zinc can halt the growth of cancer cells — MedicalXpress. Retrieved September 29, 2017.
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- K. Dhawan and Vijayta D. Chadha. “Zinc: A promising agent in dietary chemoprevention of cancer.” — Indian Journal of Medical Research. 2010 Dec; 132(6): 676–682.
- 6 Signs You’re Not Getting Enough Zinc — Prevention. Retrieved September 29, 2017.