As we know, breast cancer, like all chronic disease, is not caused by just one factor, but a combination of factors including genetics, environment, and lifestyle. Whilst some of these factors are unavoidable, there are things that you can do to reduce your risk of developing cancers. According to research, eating the right food and staying a healthy weight could reduce a woman’s risk of developing any cancer by up to two thirds.
This breast Cancer Awareness Month we look at 5 foods that could help prevent breast cancer.
Even women who carry the BRCA1 or 2 gene mutations can reduce their risk of developing cancer by eating lots of fresh food, lean protein and keeping their weight within a healthy range.
1. Broccoli contains sulforaphane, which has been shown to reduce the number of breast cancer stem cells; the cells which are responsible for causing cancer to reproduce, spread and relapse. Eating broccoli won’t give you the same results as the clinical grade compound used in studies, but by eating your broccoli raw or lightly steamed you will make sure that you keep most of this cancer-fighting compound in your food.
Try raw broccoli stems in a stir fry or thinly sliced in salads.
2. Peaches and Plums are the unsung superheroes of the fruit world. A recent study found that these soft fruits have levels of antioxidants that could rival those of blueberries. Peaches and plums contain two kinds of polyphenol (antioxidant) that help to kill cancer cells without damaging healthy cells.
As with all fruit and veg, the fresher the better; so make a fresh, raw peach or plum one of your 5 a day.
3. Coffee could, according to a study in Breast Cancer Research, lower the risk of developing an aggressive form of breast cancer. Although it is not clear what role coffee plays in cancer prevention, it is possible that the antioxidants present in coffee can help to protect cells from mutations and damage that then lead to breast cancer.
Research into coffee and breast cancer is ongoing, so don’t up your intake yet! However, at the moment, there is no harm in a cup of coffee a day.
4. Salmon and oily fish (tuna, sardines etc.) are also great cancer fighters. Studies show that taking a fish oil supplement every day for ten years can lower the risk of developing ductal carcinoma, the most prevalent form of breast cancer. Omega 3 fatty acids, which are found in fish oil, are thought to reduce the inflammation associated with breast cancer. Walnuts contain high levels of omega 3 too, so if you are vegetarian, vegan, or just hate fish, 2 ounces of walnuts a day will have the same effect (be aware, though, that there are nearly 400 calories in those 2 ounces, so take those into account if you are watching your weight).
Don’t worry about supplements; eating 8 ounces of oily fish a week will have the same effect as taking a daily fish oil supplement.
5. Beans and other high fiber foods could help to lower breast cancer risks, according to a recent report. What’s more, the more you eat, the more you could reduce your risks. The study found that for every 10 grams of fiber (around ½ – 1 cup of beans, depending on the variety) a woman consumed as part of her daily diet, her breast cancer risks were reduced by an average of 7%.
You can find fiber in lentils, peas, bulgur, dates and raspberries so you can get your 10 grams a day and still have variety.
At Alternative Cancer Treatment Mexico we believe in examining and finding the root causes of each patient’s disease. We don’t treat breast cancer as one disease; each patient is unique, therefore their disease, its behavior and how they will respond to treatment will be unique. We do believe that diet plays an important role both in cancer prevention and as part of a cancer treatment program. Quite literally, we see food as medicine.
In this way, our unique 5 step Functional Oncology Program aims to detoxify each patient before helping them to gain optimal cellular health. This will make their healthy cells more able to fend off the cancer.