by Dr. John Maher
research suggests that adding these foods to your diet could
significantly lower your risk of breast cancer.
#1 Yellow orange vegetables -- Eating foods high in beta- carotene
has been linked in many studies to lower rates of breast cancer.
Tip: Baby carrots beta-carotene is more absorbable then regular
carrots and carrots beta-carotene is 500% more absorbable than in
raw carrots. (MultiWellness)
#2 Cruciferous vegetables-- radish, broccoli, cauliflower, rutabaga,
cabbage, turnips, turnip greens, contain indole -3-carbinol, which
lowers women's levels of a type of estrogen that may promote breast
cancer.(16-hydroxy- estradiol and 16-hydroxy-estrone). Tip: Look for
BroccoSprouts, a brand of broccoli sprouts with megalevels of SGS, a
compound that fights mammary tumors in mice. (GREENS FIRST)
#3 Warm a mug of 1%-2% organic hormone free milk (Alta Dena) , add 1
tbs. ground almonds, pumpkin seed or walnuts or 1/4 tbs. natural
almond extract, and enjoy it at bedtime. Why not fat-free milk?
Because there's an intriguing compound in milk fat (including
butter)-- conjugated linoleic acid -- that fights breast cancer
cells in test tubes and animals.
#4 Eat tomatoes, including cooked, dried, soups, juice and sauces,
even Ketch-up to fill up on a compound called lycopene. Diets high
in lycopene are linked to lower rates of breast and prostate cancer.
#5 Give up the red wine and eat grapes instead. More than one
alcoholic beverage a day increases your risk of breast cancer. But
concord grapes have cancer-fighting antioxidant power.
#6 Eat cold water fish (salmon, tuna,* anchovies, swordfish, polluck,
crab, sardines) and omega-3 rich nuts and seeds (walnut, pumpkin,
flax).Research suggests that women with higher tissue levels of
omega-3s have lower rates of breast cancer. <*not light tuna.>
#7 Women whose diets are higher in vitamin D have less breast
cancer. To ensure that you get the recommended level, add Vitamin D
to a healthy diet, advise many experts, especially in climates or
lifestyles with out year round sun (20 minutes a day).
#8 Eat a small bowel of dark cherries. Cherries are a top source of
a compound that may inhibit mammary cancer in rats.
#9 Compounds called limonoids, found in the peel and white membrane
of oranges, inhibit breast cancer in test tubes. Eat whole fruit
oranges and tangerines. Look for herbal teas made w/ orange lemon
peel. Use real orange and lemon oils in cooking and health drinks.
#10 Avoid refined grains and choose whole grains instead. At least
one study has shown that women who ate the most refined grains had
more breast cancer. Another study showed women who ate one serving a
day of a cereal high in wheat bran lowered their level of breast
cancer -promoting estrogen.
#11 Use butter over margarine. Butter contains CLA's mentioned in
#3. One study suggests that a diet higher in trans fats may increase
the risk of breast cancer. Margarine, most french fries, both frozen
and fast-food, and many processed and fried foods made with
hydrogenated fats are a top trans fat source. If you prefer
margarine, use a trans-fat free brand.
#12 Drink green tea, hot or cold. Green tea is rich in EGCG, a
compound that inhibits breast cancer cells in mice. Caffienated
brands have twice as much potency as uncaffienated. And most bottled
brands have little. Mix with herbal teas and lemon peel for taste,
or naturally sweeten with a little Concord grape juice or super low
#13 Instead of commercial "olive oil" dressings - usually
made with a mixture of oils -- make your own easy dressing with half
olive oil, half balsamic vinegar. Mediterranean women who eat lots
of olive oil have low rates of breast cancer, studies show.
#14 Garlic kills breast cancer cells in the test tube and maybe in
you. But if you're going to cook garlic, always peel and chop, then
let it rest for 10 to 15 minutes before you heat. Heating right away
doesn't allow time for the cancer-fighting compounds to develop.
#15 Women in one study who ate a serving of spinach at least twice a
week had half the rate of breast cancer of women who avoided it .
#16 Flavorful veggie burgers and sausage won't form the same
compounds that meat does when it's being cooked and those compounds
may explain why women who eat lots of red meat and lots of very well
done meat seem to get more breast cancer.
#17 Why flaxseed? Because it has 75 times more lignin precursors,
compounds that inhibit mammary tumors in animals.
# 18 Add soy. Soy's isoflavinoids work as weak estrogens, blocking
the more powerful estrogens from stimulating estrogen sensitive
cancer cells. (UltraMeal)
#19 Phyto herbs, like don quai, fennel, black cohosh are also weak
estrogens that compete with stronger estrogens for estrogen receptor
sites. These are found in many "Change of life formulas.
The 20th step is to just do it!