Breast Cancer, The Most Common Cancer.
Also one of the deadliest of all cancers, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has predicted that by 2020 the number of breast cancer cases will be much higher. In fact, it is believed that in coming few years one in every eight women would run the risk of developing breast cancer in her lifetime. This figure has been also estimated by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
Breast cancer is a complex disease with many different factors contributing to it such as genetics, lifestyle habits and dietary factors and affects many women and, in rare cases, men. Changes in the breast, including lumps, discharge, pain, puckering or anything not normal should be reported to a doctor. Treatment may include surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and hormone therapy.
However breast cancer can be prevented though various healthy lifestyle habits, i.e. limiting alcohol consumption, avoiding smoking, controlling your weight, by breast feeding, by avoiding exposure to radiation and environmental pollution, staying physically active and regular medical checkups.
By following a healthy diet plan promoting an optimum immune system, you can help reduce the risk of breast cancer & certain food items you can consume regularly which will help your body to fight malignant cancer cells at the onset & therefor work to prevent breast cancer.
Starting at number 1, here are 10 awesome Superfoods that help prevent breast cancer below.
Broccoli contains cancer-fighting compounds known as indole-3-carbinol. This particular chemical converts the type of estrogen that causes cancer into a more cancer-protective type of estrogen and help in reducing the risk of various types of cancers such as breast, bladder, lymphoma, prostate and lung cancer. Try to eat five portions of broccoli in a day to help protect against breast cancer. Cooked broccoli supply more health benefits than raw broccoli. Along with broccoli, try to include other cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, kale, and cauliflower in your diet plan in order to reduce the risk of breast cancer.
*A lot of people don’t like the taste of broccoli (myself included), but when I lightly steam it and then dress it with a garlic, celtic sea salt, lemon and olive oil salad dressing, I literally can’t get enough of it!
Read on as we uncover the powerful properties found in these amazing superfoods!
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Salmon is a kind of oily fish that contains a good amount of omega-3 fatty acids which slows down the growth of cancerous tumors and also boosts the immune system. At the same time salmon is also a smart lean protein source along with vitamins B12 and D. All these elements provide your body with the nutrients required to regulate cell growth and prevent cancer. You can eat salmon by steaming it, baking it or grilling it. For better result try to eat three portions of fresh salmon each week. Along with salmon, other oily fishes that can prevent breast cancer are mackerel, sardines, trout, sea bass and tuna.
Turmeric contains a substance known as Curcumin that can inhibit various types of cancer cells such as breast, gastrointestinal, lung, and skin cancer. According to various research works it has been found that turmeric helps a lot to prevent breast cancer from spreading to the lungs when combined with certain drug-based therapy. It has several cancer-fighting properties and it actually repairs DNA that has been damaged by radiation. You can enjoy the protective benefits of Curcumin by just adding little bit of turmeric powder to your foods or eat a pinch of raw turmeric with water every morning on an empty stomach.
Blueberries are power-packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that can aid in breast cancer prevention. The phytochemicals present in blueberries work together to prevent the growth and spread of various forms of breast cancer. At the same time blueberries are rich in antioxidants such as ellagic acid which has anticancer properties which destroy cancer-causing substances and slow the growth of tumors. Along with blueberries, other types of berries that can prevent breast cancer are strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and cranberries. To reap the benefits of blueberries try to eat them fresh instead of the packaged versions – or frozen as usually they are frozen quickly after picking. Try adding them to your favourite banana smoothy recipe!
Tomatoes contain lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that can prevent the development of breast cancer by stopping cancer cell growth. According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, lycopene also stops the growth of tumors by interfering with abnormal cell growth. Along with breast cancer, lycopene is also beneficial in stopping other types of cancer cells from growing, including lung, and endometrial. To enjoy the benefits of tomatoes, you can eat cooked, concentrated or processed tomatoes. However the best option is to drink half glass of tomato juice daily.
Studies show that garlic also helps in preventing breast cancer. The sulfur compounds present in garlic speeds DNA repair, and kills cancer cells connected with breast cancer, mouth cancer, stomach cancer, and colon cancer. To get the most benefit, peel and chop the garlic cloves and let them sit for about fifteen minutes before cooking. Also crush or swallow a piece of garlic every morning in order to live a cancer-free life. However people on blood thinners and certain other medications should talk with their doctor before taking garlic supplements.
According to some research works it has been found that pomegranate destroys breast cancer cells without affecting the healthy cells. Also it contains polyphenol- an ellagic acid with anti-oxidant properties that prevents the formation of new breast cancer cells. Pomegranate makes a delicious and healthy addition to any fruit salad and fruit based dessert. You can include pomegranate in any breast cancer prevention diet, in either fruit or juice form.
Flaxseed contains high levels of lignans, which protect against estrogen-dependent cancers such as breast cancer. Flaxseed or flaxseed oil is among the few sources of the essential omega-3 fatty acid ALA which forms a protective shield against cancer cells responsible for causing breast cancer. You can add powdered flaxseed to yogurt or a smoothie to create a richer and nutty flavor. You can also add flaxseed oil to salad dressings too or integrate them into baked goods, such as cookies or muffins. *Do not use flaxseed oil to cook with!
Spinach contains an antioxidant known as lutien which plays a key role in guarding against breast cancer along with mouth, esophagus, and stomach cancer. It is also rich in zeaxanthin and carotenoids that remove unstable molecules called free radicals from your body before they damage it. Women must eat spinach at least twice a week in order to reduce the risk of breast cancer. Spinach can be enjoyed in the form of a salad, soup, steamed, sautéed or stirred. Along with spinach also eat other green leafy vegetables such as kale, collard greens, Swiss chard, or romaine lettuce.
Walnuts contain many helpful nutrients and healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which help your body fight inflammation that actually slow down the growth of breast cancer tumors. Research suggests that walnut is particularly effective at protecting your cells against environmental exposures that may increase the risk for cancer. Regular consumption of walnuts can help you keep breast cancer at bay. Heath experts suggest eating two ounces of walnuts in a day in order to slow down the development and growth of breast cancer tumors.
Try including these foods into your diet on a regular basis & your body will thank you in many ways. And if that’s not enough, ALL these foods serve as awesome metabolism boosters which help your body fight against fat! So another great reason to get into them and if you need help in putting these together for you or your family, then I highly recommend the Metabolic Cookbook which serves up many healthy, easy and delicious recipes using these key ingredients and more to help get your body in prime condition! After all, it’s the only one you’ll have!
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