Whether looking for cancer-fighting foods to add to your diet as a preventative measure or during or after conventional  cancer treatment or s, selenium is powerful addition. Selenium is a trace mineral that protects cells in the body from free-radical damage and a collection of studies now suggest that selenium may contain cancer-preventative properties. Specific studies show that selenium may protect against breast cancer by regulating the body’s internal close which also regulates the number of estrogen receptors produced by cells (often linked to breast cancer).

Excellent sources of selenium include various types of fish (halibut, tuna, cod, salmon and shrimp), button mushrooms, barley and mustard seeds.

A daily dose of just 55 micrograms of selenium may help decrease your risk of breast cancer and can all be found in this tasty tuna salad.


Makes 4 servings


For the Dressing:

½ teaspoon garlic – minced
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Juice of half a lemon
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
¼ teaspoon sesame seed oil

For the Tuna Salad:

2 cans of light tuna (packed in water)
1 tablespoon of Greek yogurt
1 celery stalk – finely diced
4 tablespoons red onion – finely diced
20 cherry tomatoes – quartered
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon dried chili flakes , crushed

8 large iceberg lettuce leaves


In a small bowl, mix together the dressing ingredients with a whisk and set aside.

Drain the tuna and flake in a large bowl. Toss the tuna with the remaining salad ingredients, except for the lettuce leaves.

Before serving, pour dressing over tuna and mix gently. To serve spoon tuna salad onto center of each leaf and roll like a burrito. As an alternative, enjoy as a sandwich on whole grain bread.

Eating a well-balanced diet is an important part of overall health including cancer prevention and fighting cancer during and after cancer treatment whether undergoing traditional cancer treatment or .  Introducing cancer fighting ingredients such as selenium s a great step towards positive lifestyle changes. Visit our facebook page and our Twitter to tell us how you incorporate selenium c and other cancer-fighting ingredients into your diet.