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Supplements Show Cancer Fighting Potential

A large Norwegian study recently found that lung cancer patients who took dietary supplements regularly before being diagnosed have a much higher chance of survival.

The study was published in the March 2009 issue of the International Journal of Cancer.

The researchers, led by Guri Skeie from the University of Tromso, obtained data about diet and supplement use from nearly 70,000 Norwegian women using a food frequency questionnaire.

They found that the most common supplement used in the study population was cod liver oil, followed by multivitamin and mineral supplements.

The researchers adjusted the data to account for factors such as smoking status, the age at which the participants were diagnosed and the stage of the cancer upon diagnosis.

After adjusting for these variables, they found that daily consumption of cod liver oil for at least a year prior to lung cancer diagnosis was associated with a 44% reduction in mortality. Use of other dietary supplements resulted in a 30% reduction.

The benefits also appeared to go beyond lung cancer death risk, with a 23% reduction in mortality observed among patients with solid tumors who took cod liver oil supplements for at least a year prior to diagnosis.

Researchers plan to conduct further studies to determine the mechanism behind cod liver oil's cancer and tumor reducing properties.

This research joins a long list of studies that have shown supplements to be a great, easy way to boost general health and well being.

When you are deciding which supplement to choose, be sure you choose a high quality supplement that complements your lifestyle. For instance, if you're an older adult or you're not getting enough sun, vitamin D supplements may be a good idea. If fish doesn't make a regular appearance on your dinner table, you may consider taking omega-3 supplements on a daily basis.

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