High levels of such microelements as selenium and nickel in the body can help reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer.
This deadly disease is often diagnosed at a late stage, and it kills 80% of patients within a year after its discovery. And only 5% of the people, who have heard a disappointing diagnosis, are still alive after five years or more.
The researchers, who have studied the issue, say that those, who want to prevent the disease, not necessarily need to drink handfuls of special vitamins. It is enough to pay attention to certain foods, rich in these micronutrients.
Thus, high levels of selenium and nickel in the body reduce the risk of the disease, while high levels of lead, arsenic and cadmium, in contrast, increase it.
Nickel affects the amount of iron absorbed by the body from food and is needed for producing red blood cells and synthesizing hemoglobin.
Lentil, oats, asparagus, mushrooms, pears, peas, and nuts are good sources of nickel.
Selenium plays an important role in the immune function and reproduction, it also helps to prevent damage to cells and tissues.
Its major sources are Brazil nuts, seeds, fish, meat, and eggs.
If the body level of arsenic and cadmium exceeds the norm, the risk of developing pancreatic cancer increases by 2-3.5 times. Lead makes the risk 6 times bigger.
You might ask what products contain lead, cadmium and arsenic? Of course, some portion of this poison can be found anywhere. Thus, lead is mostly accumulated in fish, shellfish, and crustaceans. Cadmium is found in fish and even cocoa powder. Arsenic comes from fish, water, and wine. But what one should really do is quit smoking. In general, smoking causes one third of all cases of pancreatic cancer, and tobacco contains cadmium, the element that has always been associated with the disease. Another thing is that you should eat scrambled eggs with mushrooms more often. Eggs contain much selenium, and mushrooms are rich in nickel.