Promoting colon health is an important goal. We are what we eat and I want to share some dietary advice to help you promote your colon health. Fiber intake is very important to colon health and I will address this topic in my next blog post. For now, I wanted to discuss food sources of eight very important micronutrients and antioxidants that have been shown to promote colon health. They include beta-carotene, vitamin D, vitamin B-2, vitamin B-6, folic acid, calcium, selenium, and curcumin. Indeed, these micronutrients and antioxidants have been shown in scientific studies to either prevent the occurrence of colon polyps or are associated with a decreased incidence of colon cancer.
The following eight food items contain the micronutrients and antioxidants found in The Colon Vitamin. Additionally, these food items collectively are also a good source of fiber and probiotics. Here’s to your colon health!
Carrots are an excellent source of beta-carotene. A 1/2 cup of raw carrots provides 2.6 grams of fiber.
Milk is a good source of vitamin D and calcium. An 8 ounce glass of milk contains about 125 IU (International Units) of vitamin D.
Almonds provide a source of vitamin B-2. A 1/2 cup of roasted almonds provides 6.4 grams of fiber!
4. Brown Rice
Brown Rice is a good source for vitamin B-6. A 1/2 cup of cooked brown rice provides 1.8 grams of fiber.
Spinach is a great source for folic acid. A 1/2 cup of spinach provides 2.7 grams of fiber.
Yogurt is a great source for calcium. Most yogurts also contain probiotics.
Corn is a good source for selenium. A 1/2 cup of corn provides 2.0 grams of fiber.
This superfood spice from South Asia is beneficial for colon health and is a likely reason for the low incidence of colon cancer in India and other South Asian countries.
Here’s to your colon health!
Frank Farrell, MD, MPH, AGAF