There are a number of delicious and easy-to-prepare foods you can find right in your grocery store which fight breast cancer.
- Almonds — A fabulous source of mono unsaturated fats; researchers in Stockholm found that people who eat more mono unsaturated fats have a lower risk of breast cancer than people who eat other kinds of fats.
- Beans — A 2005 study found that women who eat legumes at least twice a week have lower rates of developing breast cancer than those who eat beans less frequently. Perhaps in part because beans are a alternative protein source, and those who eat them may eat less meat.
- Broccoli — It’s rich in sulforaphane, a plant chemical that interferes with the growth of breast cancer cells, at least in a laboratory setting.
- Soybeans — Isoflavones protect cells from the effects of estrogen, the excess of which has been found to contribute to breast cancer.
- Spinach — Women who eat spinach more than twice a week have lower rates of breast cancer than those who rarely eat spinach, according to a National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences 1997 study. Spinach is rich in beta-carotene and lutein, both of which are powerful antioxidants. It’s also full of a form of iron which the body can absorb easily, especially when lightly cooked and eaten with a small amount of meat. The light cooking helps the body to process the spinach, and the iron in meat helps the body to absorb the iron in spinach (two different forms).
- Salmon — Post-menopausal women who eat an average of 1.5 to 3 ounces of fish or shellfish daily are 26 percent less likely than women who eat less seafood to develop breast cancer, according to a 2003 study done by researchers at the University of Southern California and the National University of Singapore.
- Flaxseed — Women with breast cancer who eat 2 tablespoons of ground flax seed each day slow their rate of cancer-cell growth, according to a 2005 University of Toronto study.
- Garlic — In lab experiments, allyl sulfur and other garlic compounds have been shown to slow the growth of tumor cells.
- Green Tea — Full of catechins, which are potent antioxidants. Women who sip green tea daily are less likely to develop breast cancer.
- Olive Oil — Another super source of mono unsaturated fats – hydroxytyrosol and oleuropein.
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