Nutrition and Breast Health
Nutrition & Breast Health
Breast Cancer is the leading cancer in women.
Most women share a common fear…
…developing breast cancer.
- Every three minutes a woman in the United States is diagnosed with breast cancer.
- Breast Caner is the leading cancer among Caucasian and African American women.
- Breast cancer incidence in women has increased from one in twenty in 1960 to one in eight today.
The American Cancer Society and Nation Cancer Institute estimate that roughly one0third of all cancer deaths are related to diet and activity. But diet alone and activity. But diet alone is unlikely to be the “cause” or “cure” of cancer. Although more research needs to be done on diet and breast cancer, findings suggest that physical activity, a healthy diet (particularly one low in fat and high in vegetables and fiber), and a healthy weight can help reduce the risk of breast cancer or the cancer returning.
Diet and Cancer
What you eat can hurt you, but it can also help you. Many vegetables and oils not commonly eaten contain important phytochemicals from the antioxidants that neutralize the damage caused by free radicals to the powerful phytochemicals that scientists are just beginning to explore. There isn’t a single element in a particular food that does all the work: The best thing to do is eat a variety of whole foods.
It is true that you can get many of the nutrients you need from the food you eat; however, most people do not eat enough of these unique whole foods.
Foods to Consider
Recent research reveals that the healthful compounds in different foods work together to provide health benefits. The benefits of any single food must be evaluated as a part of your whole diet. Read on to find out about the compounds in some commonly not eaten by necessary foods and oils that are good for your health.
Black Currant Seed Oil
This wonderful oil is a natural source of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). GLA is one of two essential fatty acids that are necessary for maintaining normal functioning and growth of cells, nerves, muscles and organs.
In 2005 a study from Northwestern University and later published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found; “Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA, in various plant oils used in herbal medicine, inhibited the action of HER-2/new, a cancer gene that is responsible for almost 30 percent of all breast cancers, Northwestern University researchers reported.”
Cruciferous Vegetables such as Kale and Brussels sprouts
Eat wisely because comprehensive scientific evidence supports phytochemicals such as indole-3 carbinol (I3C), which is naturally found in cruciferous foods such as kale and Brussels sprouts.
This particular group of vegetables is an excellent source of distinctive phytochemicals known as glucosinolates. Once inside the body, glucosinolates are changed into compounds such as indole-3-carbinol (I3C) and isothicyanates (including sulforaphane). These phytochemical compounds have been shown to protect against colon, breast, prostate, thyroid, cervical, and other cancers. Additionally, recent studies, shuch as one from the British Journal of Cancer, reveal that certain naturally occurring phytochemicals found in cruciferous vegetables target specific breast cancer genes.
Breast Cancer and Omega-3 Fats
Scientific data implicate omega-3 fatty acids, such as those found in oily fish, as inhibitors of development and progression of a range of human cancers. The ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 in diet is equally as important. One should not consume too much omega-6 fats in relation to omega-3 fats. The typical American diet contains up to 20 times as much omega-6 fats as it does omega-3 fats; the optimum ration for health is 1:1. The beneficial omega3 fats won’t work well in protecting you from cancer if the diet contains too much omega-6 fats and little or no omega-3 fats.
Omega-3 fats are found in oily fish, like tuna, sardines, salmon, trout, and mackerel, as well as in flaxseeds and walnuts. To limit your intake of omega-6 fats, you can use olive oil for cooking and avoid processed foods, such as, margarine.
Research has found that women with the highest omega-3 fats in breast fatty tissue were less apt to have breast cancer than women with the least omega-3 fats.
Research has shown that a high fiber diet works to reduce hormone levels that may be involved in the progression of breast cancer, and that fiber increases the amount of estrogen removed from the body.
Healthy Weight Reduces Risk of First-time Breast Cancer and Recurrence
Maintaining a healthy weight may help reduce the risk of breast cancer coming back. In a 2005 and 2006 study, researchers found that women who were overweight had an increased risk of breast cancer.
If you are overweight and would like more information about achieving a healthy weight loss, talk to your health care provider about their purification/detoxification program.