Healthier eggs, healthier life
() - November 3, 2011 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - Versatile, inexpensive, nutritious and cancer-fighting. These are the attributes of eggs that made their presence appealing on tables regardless of social class.

However, not all types of eggs bear the fourth characteristic. But thanks to the country’s local egg integrator, Bounty Farms Inc., the Bounty Fresh Organic Selenium-enriched Eggs is introduced in the country under the Bounty Fresh Specialty Eggs line.

Bounty Fresh Organic Selenium-enriched eggs contain selenium, a natural antioxidant that many studies cite greatly because of its excellent anti-cancer benefits by preventing cell damage caused by free radicals.

“Increased selenium intake leads to significant reduction of tumor density in breast cancers during continuous exposure for seven weeks,” explains Dr. Michael Lam, an expert in nutrition and public health and also a board examiner for the American Board of Anti-Aging Medicine.

The health professional further stated on his website that selenium is effective in the prevention of cancer by inhibiting cancer-associated angiogenesis — a process wherein new blood vessels develop.

Meanwhile, the book “A Physician’s Guide to Natural Health Products That Work” expounds how selenium acts to prevent tumors from developing.

“It (selenium) contributes toward the death of cancerous and pre-cancer cells. Their death appears to occur before they replicate, thus helping stop cancer before it gets started,” says author Dr. James Howenstine.

On top of selenium’s cancer-prevention capability, Life Extension Foundation noted that it also aids in slowing the progression of cancer in patients that already have the disease. The use of selenium during chemotherapy combined with vitamins A and E reduces the possible side effects of chemotherapy.

And because Bounty Farms Inc. vows to take part in the promotion of healthy lifestyle, it encourages consumers to include eggs, especially organic selenium-enriched ones, in their daily diet.

In the Philippines, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer, accounting for 16 percent of the 50,000 cases of this dreaded disease. This statistic has unfortunately placed the Philippines as one of the nations with the highest incidence rates of breast cancer in Asia, and ninth in the world today. Women are the most common victims, while other forms of cancer also saw increased incidence among children.

According to the Philippine Breast Cancer Network (PBCN), approximately 70 percent of breast cancer occurrences among women have no known risk factors, making all women at risk, while only five percent of breast cancers are inherited and about 80 percent of women diagnosed with breast cancer are the first victims in their families.

On a global scale, breast cancer is the leading killer of women aged 35 to 54, with more than a million women developing breast cancer without knowing it and almost 500,000 dying from it every year.

Today, available methods to detect and treat cancer range from early detection through manual and technically assisted methods and therapies such as mastectomy, which removes malignant tumor through surgical removal; chemotherapy, which uses chemical agents to treat the disease; and radiotherapy, a treatment that exposes the body to radioactive substances.

Aside from the Bounty Fresh Organic Selenium-enriched Eggs, Bounty Farms Inc. also produces other specialty eggs like the Nutri-Filled Petite that contain all the necessary nutrients — a concentrated source of essential proteins and amino acids that are good for kids and their growing bodies.

There is also the Vitamin E-enriched eggs that help protect the body’s cell membranes from being harmed by free radicals and make the skin glow and help slow down aging.

Last is their eggs enriched with Omega-3, a mineral that comes from seafood, said to lower both blood pressure and blood sugar levels, and reduces heart rate and arterial clogging.

Bounty Fresh Specialty Eggs are available in major supermarkets and groceries nationwide.

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