Learn which dietary factors help protect you against this deadly cancer—and which contribute to your overall risk
Study after study shows that diet plays a key role in the development of colon cancer.
But there’s a lot of misinformation about which foods and beverages increase your risk of this deadly cancer…and which actually reduce it.
The worst part? A lot of these fallacies stem from the study authors themselves.
In fact, when study findings go against the mainstream’s misguided anti-fat and anti-meat dietary narratives, oftentimes, study authors try to hem and haw, twist and shout, and backtrack away from their own discoveries.
So, it’s really no wonder why everyone gets so confused. When a large research review gives conflicting information, that’s internally inconsistent and contradicts itself, how are you supposed to figure out what to actually eat and drink?!
That’s why I’m revealing my top dietary recommendations to help prevent colon cancer.
I’ll also tell you about…
- The foods you should be AVOIDING.
- Two popular nutrients you should be cautious about (including the one supplement you should NEVER take).
- New research on two key dietary supplements you should be taking every day to SLASH your risk of colon cancer and other chronic diseases.
- The ONLY drug that has been shown in studies to substantially lower your colon cancer risk.
So, let’s get started with our first finding…
The two food groups you should ALWAYS eat
A new review of 45 meta-analyses looked at how 109 different dietary factors affect colorectal cancer (CRC) risk.1 As expected, researchers found that consuming fruits and vegetables offers strong protection against CRC.
In fact, people who ate more fruit had a whopping 52 percent lower risk…and those who consumed more vegetables had an impressive 25 percent lower risk.
The researchers didn’t say how many servings you need to eat to gain this benefit. But based on the latest science—which I’ve reported on in my Daily Dispatch—I advise enjoying five servings of fresh, organic produce per day.
The other highly beneficial food group was perhaps not as expected for some, given the mainstream medical establishment’s frenzied warnings against it. But I’ve always reported on the many health benefits of it.
I’m talking about dairy products.
The researchers found a 19 percent reduction in CRC incidence in people who ate more dairy—especially yogurt and milk. However, the researchers somehow concluded that these benefits are associated with low-fat dairy (with no actual evidence to suggest that). And that the evidence for other dairy products is “suggestive.”
This misdirection boggles the mind!
After all, as I wrote in the August 2020 newsletter, a growing number of studies associate natural, full-fat dairy—not artificial, low-fat dairy—with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes, and obesity.
And obesity is a major risk factor for colon cancer. In fact, the researchers actually point this out in their own review!
Now, some studies are linking full-fat dairy with breast cancer. But an interesting article from Harvard Medical School pointed out that studies usually lump all types of dairy together, including ice cream.2 And we all know that eating bowls full of ice cream every day is not beneficial for your health—because of all the added sugar.
On the other hand, full-fat, plain yogurt is highly beneficial, as shown by many studies (including the new research review).
Meaning you should only eat full-fat dairy with no added sugar. NOT low-fat dairy (which includes added sugar in itself). That’s why I recommend three servings a day of full-fat milk, yogurt, or cheese as part of a healthy, balanced diet (like the Mediterranean Diet).
Of course, these researchers could have easily reached this same conclusion from their own study. But eating full-fat dairy doesn’t fit their anti-fat narrative—even if it does fit perfectly well with the science (including their own findings).
And that leads me to another questionable finding in this new research review…
The foods and beverages that aren’t as harmful as advertised
In the new analysis, the researchers recommended following my all-time favorite diet, the Mediterranean diet. It’s rich in the two food groups I just mentioned (fruits and vegetables, and full-fat dairy), as well as wild-caught fish and seafood, grass-fed and -finished meat (including red meat, like lamb), olive oil, nuts and seeds, beans (legumes), and moderate consumption of alcohol.
Then these researchers went on to state how they found “convincing evidence” that consuming red meat increases risk of colorectal cancer, “suggestive evidence” that processed meat does the same, and “convincing evidence” that consuming five or more alcoholic drinks per day also increases risk.
But red meat and alcohol, specifically, are key parts of the Mediterranean diet they recommend for colon cancer prevention!
Plus, as I reported in a June 2017 Daily Dispatch (“Three reasons why eating meat is still important”), the science shows that moderate consumption of grass-fed, organic red meat (like lamb) can actually protect you against chronic diseases like cancer, heart disease, and type II diabetes.
And, according to a meta-analysis conducted in 2019 that involved 61 studies and 4 million people, there’s actually no evidence suggesting that eating red meat—or even processed meat—raises disease risk in any way.3
As for the researchers’ confusion about alcohol consumption?
Well, nobody recommends five or more drinks per day. Not only does that amount indicate a potential alcohol abuse problem, but it’s associated with other chronic diseases as well. That’s why I always recommend moderate consumption (one to three drinks daily).
Of course, the researchers also say there’s “suggestive evidence” that moderate consumption of alcohol is associated with an increase in CRC incidence, when compared with people who don’t drink at all or only occasionally drink.
(Go figure! Some health “experts” want us to believe all alcohol is always bad for everyone…to support their politically correct agenda.)
But that flies in the face of science showing that moderate alcohol consumption can lower stress and improve circulation—which helps stave off everything from heart disease to cancer.
And, once again, it contradicts the researchers’ own findings of the anti-cancer benefits of the Mediterranean diet—which includes moderate consumption of alcoholic beverages.
So, I recommend following the preponderance of the most convincing science, which shows enjoying a glass or two of wine, beer, or spirits with dinner (as part of a healthy, balanced diet) is actually quite beneficial.
Speaking about healthy diets, the new research review also digs into other controversial nutrients…
Two nutrients you should be cautious about
The researchers said they found “convincing evidence” that higher intakes of dietary fiber can lower CRC risk. But, as I’ve written many times before, not all fiber is created equal.
Generally speaking, the fiber in fruits and vegetables is healthier than the fiber in grains (which can actually be dangerous for gastrointestinal health and could contribute to colon cancer). It’s an important distinction not known or understood by mainstream doctors or most “natural-know-it-alls.”
So, skip the artificial fiber supplements and fake food items with added fiber. Choose to consume natural fiber from whole fruits and vegetables instead.
The research review also has questionable and inconsistent calcium recommendations.
On the one hand, the review concluded that a higher intake of dietary calcium is one of the biggest and most important ways to protect against CRC. (We’ve actually known about the importance of calcium for reducing colon cancer since the 1980s, so this is a sound finding.)
But the research review also associated supplemental calcium with reduced risk of CRC. And you already know my stance on this…you should never supplement with calcium. Studies show that calcium supplements can contribute to serious health problems, including hardening of the arteries, heart disease, and dementia.
So while calcium supplements may reduce CRC (although I think that finding is questionable), they increase your risk of other chronic disease. Why take that chance, when you can get adequate amounts of calcium from your daily diet?
Full-fat dairy and red meat are the two best dietary sources of calcium. That’s why I suggest consuming both as part of a healthy diet—despite the research review’s (inexplicable and unsubstantiated) recommendations against them.
And, speaking about the pros and cons of dietary supplements…
Two nutrients you SHOULD supplement with every day
The research review found strong associations between vitamin B6 and folic acid (B9) and reduced risk of CRC. (Other studies have also found similar results for folic acid.)
So, I recommend taking a daily, high-quality B vitamin complex that contains all eight B vitamins. You’ll not only help protect yourself against colon cancer, but you’ll also boost your energy, brain health, cell health, and cardiovascular health.
In addition, Vitamin D has important protective effects against colon cancer. Along with the research review findings, two new studies show a direct link between vitamin D status and colon cancer risk.
In the first study, researchers used data from 186 countries to assess the association between the sun’s UVB rays and the risk of colon cancer.4
The researchers found a strong link between countries with lower sunlight exposure and higher rates of colon cancer. Even when the researchers accounted for other risk factors, including life expectancy and skin pigmentation, the connection remained particularly strong for people ages 45 and older.
The researchers pointed out that our bodies need UVB exposure to naturally produce vitamin D. Therefore, they recommend that older people who don’t live near the Equator—where UVB rays are strongest—and who don’t go out in the sun, take vitamin D supplements or eat foods naturally rich in D (eggs, fatty fish like salmon and tuna, milk, and mushrooms).5
Plus, another new study found that D is key for lowering colon cancer risk in younger people as well.
Of course, I’ve been reporting on an emerging epidemic where people under the age of 50 are increasingly being diagnosed with colon cancer. And this study shows that low vitamin D levels are an important factor behind this alarming trend.
Researchers analyzed data from more than 94,000 women who participated in a long-term study that started in 1989, when they ranged in age from 25 to 42 years.6
The study found that the women whose vitamin D intake was at least 7.5 mcg (300 IU) per day had a staggering 50 percent lower risk of early-onset colon cancer. And higher D intake was associated with a lower risk of precancerous colon polyps detected before age 50.
Of course, 7.5 mcg (300 IU) a day of vitamin D a day is woefully low. So just imagine what an adequate dose might offer against colon cancer! In fact, based on the latest science, I recommend 250 mcg (10,000 IU) of vitamin D daily, which can be taken in an easy-to-use liquid form on its own, or combined with the potent marine carotenoid astaxanthin.
Along with these two key dietary supplements, there’s a common drug I also suggest adding to your daily arsenal against colon cancer…
One drug that really is effective against colon cancer
There’s substantial evidence that taking low-dose aspirin every day can reduce CRC risk in people under the age of 70. But there haven’t been many studies in older people—until recently.
A team from Harvard Medical School looked at two large studies involving nearly 100,000 men and women ages 70 and older. The studies measured the participants’ aspirin use over about 35 years.7
The researchers found that the people who regularly took aspirin had an impressive 20 percent lower risk of CRC. But there’s a caveat—the benefits were only found in men and women who started taking a daily aspirin before they turned 65.
In general, aspirin gets a strong recommendation from me. It’s a time-tested, inexpensive, over-the-counter drug that’s been safely used by millions of people for more than a century.
Not to mention, it originally derives from a natural ingredient called salicylic acid in white willow bark and meadowsweet grass, which Native Americans used to combat pain and other common ailments.
Of course, big pharma and some of their “experts” try to discredit aspirin because it may cause gastrointestinal (GI) irritation and bleeding. It seems they would prefer you take their harmful, expensive, prescription drugs
instead. But when taken properly, aspirin has a very low risk of bleeding for most people.
If you’re concerned about GI effects, take a buffered aspirin—which includes an antacid effect. I recommend 75 to 150 mg a day (the most common low-dose aspirin is 81 mg). And, of course, talk with your healthcare provider.
Bottom line: If you follow the dietary do’s and don’ts I’ve outlined above, you can substantially lower your risk of colon cancer. And for dozens of other safe, natural alternatives to help prevent, detect, AND treat colon cancer—I encourage you to check out my Authentic Anti-Cancer Protocol. To learn more about this comprehensive, online learning tool, or to enroll today, click here or call 1-866-747-9421 and ask for order code EOV3XB00.
1“Role of Diet in Colorectal Cancer Incidence: Umbrella Review of Meta-analyses of Prospective Observational Studies.” JAMA Netw Open. 2021;4(2):e2037341.
3“Unprocessed Red Meat and Processed Meat Consumption: Dietary Guideline Recommendations From the Nutritional Recommendations (NutriRECS) Consortium.” Ann Intern Med. October 2019.
4“Could age increase the strength of inverse association between ultraviolet B exposure and colorectal cancer?” BMC Public Health 21, 1238 (2021).
6“Total Vitamin D Intake and Risks of Early-Onset Colorectal Cancer and Precursors.” Gastroenterology. 2021 Jul 7:S0016-5085(21)03235-2.
7“Aspirin Use and Risk of Colorectal Cancer Among Older Adults.” JAMA Oncol.2021;7(3):428–435.