Proactive Eating for Healthier Breasts

While genetics play a great role in whether or not a woman develops breast cancer in her lifetime, there are many other factors that should not be overlooked. We may not have control over our genetics, however we do have control over our lifestyles. As with any other disease or malady what we eat on a daily basis can greatly affect how healthy our bodies are and can be.

The following are some foods that have been shown to contain compounds that are anti-carcinogenic and which may help with breast health.  Adding them to your diet give your body the extra boost it needs to ward off carcinogens and build your immune system.  Good health can come wrapped in delicious nutrition!

Broccoli:  According to research from the University of Michigan, a phytochemical compound called Sulforaphane found in broccoli was found to reduce the number of cancer stem cells. Other studies have shown that women who eat a diet rich in cruciferous have a lower risk of cancer.

Walnuts:  Recent studies have shown that the anti-inflammatory properties of walnuts have tumor fighting potential. The mixture of phtyosterols, antioxidants, and omega-3’s within walnuts make it a nutritional powerhouse and an excellent cancer fighting part of your diet.

Fish: Several studies have shown that eating oily fish such as salmon, sardines, and tuna or taking a high quality fish oil supplement reduces inflammation which can lead to the development of breast cancer. Research has also shown that women who took fish oil supplements for a period of 10 years had a significantly lowered risk of developing ductal carcinoma, which is the most commonly diagnosed form of breast cancer.

Olive Oil:  An easy addition to any dish, olive oil is high in antioxidants and oleic acid which has been shown to halt the growth of malignant cells in laboratory research.

Fiber:  According to a study done by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, increasing your fiber intake may decrease your risk of developing breast cancer.  High fiber foods include beans, lentils, pears, raspberries, barley, dates, peas, and artichokes.

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