Breast cancer prevention features into my eating habits. I have a history of cancer in my family and a grandma who had breast cancer. My chances of getting it are probably higher, so if I can delay it or prevent it by eating certain protective foods I will. Natural foods seem a simple enough addition. In general, the number-one rule to start with when trying to prevent any cancer is eating a good, healthy diet with a wide variety of fruits vegetables and healthy fats. However, certain foods are specific to certain cancers. I always read -up to see if there is a science behind why that food is beneficial for that specific disease. If it makes sense to me, then I eat it and advocate it ! There are a few I found which seem to be quite ‘ food scientific ‘ and all of these are easy to incorporate in our diets. Here is a good list of breast cancer protective foods.
Foods that may protect from breast cancer
Green Tea : The antioxidants in green tea protect breast cells by lowering production of estradiol. This is the a form of estrogen that can be carcinogenic when produced in large quantities.
Drink green tea, make smoothies with it, make iced tea with it or take a supplement. You need about 3 cups of green tea daily or a 300 mg supplement to get the benefits.
Vitamin D : Love this vitamin so much I wrote a post about it ! It just seems to be the answer to everything. It keeps artery clogging cholesterol levels in check and soaks into breast tissue where it get converted into a cancer fighter called calcitrol!
Good food sources are milk, eggs, tuna, salmon, cod liver oil, yogurt, orange juice, cheese, enriched breads,enriched cereals. The better thing to do is to pop a supplement and use the food source guide as extra insurance. Take 1000 iu of Vitamin D / day
Garlic : This potent food is packed with sulphur compounds that get into the tissues and halt the growth of abnormal cells thus slashing risk of breast cancer. Garlic is beneficial for other cancers as well like stomach, bladder and skin cancer.
Good way to eat garlic is blended into humus or other dips. You can also crush it into soups and meat dishes. 2 cloves / day is enough to give you the protection you need. Eat some parsley after eating garlic to prevent the odor. You can also take 1,200 mg of an odorless supplement.
FLax Seed : Another super-food that I love so much I wrote a post about it 🙂 Well, flax is loaded with protective lignans and omega 3 which help the liver break down excess estrogen. Excess estrogen is one of the causes for breast cancer cells to multiply. While flax oil is extremely beneficial too, it does not have as much of the cancer fighting properties as flax-seed.
Eat flax-seed sprinkled over cereal, salad, soups. Bake ground flax into breads , muffins and other baked goods. You can actually cut down fat by 1/2 in a recipe when you add the flax-seed. Always eat ground flax to get maximum benefits or the whole seed will just pass through your system. You can buy ground flax or grind whole flax in a coffee mill. Click here for my yummy healthy banana bread recipe ! It has flax seed and tastes delish !
Cruciferous Vegetables : Broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage and kale are said to be highly toxic towards cancerous cells. This is because they contain cancer-fighting compounds known as indole-3-carbinol which is thought to deactivate oestrogen, and in turn, help reduce the risk of breast cancer.
Cook these veggies or eat them raw in salads. Make soups, use them in cooking and blend them up into power smoothies !
While it’s a good idea to add the good foods the best way to help decrease your risk of developing breast cancer is make choices that boost good overall health. These foods may be helpful, but the key is to really commit to living a healthy lifestyle ! Excercise, cut down smoking , alcohol and live happy 🙂 Live each day to the fullest !