Every year, approximately 260,000 women and 2,000 men in the United States are diagnosed with breast cancer. In fact, nearly 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime. For women, the rate of breast cancer deaths is second only to lung cancer.
A diagnosis of breast cancer can be incredibly devastating. There is the obvious risk of death as well as the concern of a loss of her femininity and womanhood by losing her breasts. The treatments for breast cancer can be particularly harsh as chemo often makes patients sicker than the disease itself and a mastectomy is not only demoralizing but excruciatingly painful. This article addresses how by incorporating some changes into your diet and altering the foods you eat, you can both fight breast cancer and prevent it. Please do not use these home remedies in lieu of treatment prescribed by a qualified medical professional, but rather in addition to. Also, be sure to consult with your doctor before making any changes to your diet or taking supplements.
Alkyl sulphur compoundsCredit: Suat Eman which are present in garlic are great cancer fighting agents. They fight cancer by causing the malignant cells to undergo natural cell death and by activating the immune cells against cancerous cells. The compounds in garlic also help to block carcinogens from entering cells and slow tumor development. The cancer fighting properties of garlic are best obtained by eating garlic raw rather than cooked. Garlic can be eaten raw as an oil, as a powder, or as the clove straight. Garlic not only has great cancer fighting properties but garlic also has antifungal and antibacterial properties.
Credit: Master isolated imagesBroccoli contains linamarase gene that when present inside cancer cells breaks down into cyanide and kills the tumor cell. Broccoli as well as cabbage and cauliflower also contain a chemical component that can fight breast cancer by converting cancer-promoting estrogen into a more protective variety of estrogen. Also, broccoli sprouts have enzymes that deactivate free radicals and carcinogens and prevent cancer.
Credit: digitalartGrapes fight cancer in many ways. First, grapes contain a compound called proanthocyanidins which reduces the body’s estrogen production which is an effective treatment of breast cancer. Grapes also contain bioflavonoids, which are powerful antioxidants that prevent cancer. Resveratrol, which can be found in grapes, inhibits the enzymes that can stimulate cancer-cell growth and suppress immune response. Ellagic acid, which is also found in grapes, blocks enzymes that are necessary for cancer cells and helps to slow the growth of tumors
Wheatgrass juice has been shown to regress cancer cell growth, enhance the immune system, and get rid of toxins--all of which is key to fighting cancer.
Green tea has been found to contain antioixdants called polyphenols which prevent against cancer and also prevents cancer cells from dividing. Green tea also has anti-inflammatory properties that are effective in fighting breast cancer.
Credit: TeddyBear[Picnic]Soybeans and soybean products such as tofu contain phytoestrogens and components that block cancerous cells from using estrogen. Soybeans also contain isoflavones prevent cancer in its early stages. Consuming soybeans also lowers the risk of breast cancer by inhibiting the growth of epithelial cells and new blood vessels that tumors require to flourish. There is a caveat with consuming soybeans and tofu, consuming too much soy has been shown to cause hormone imbalances that stimulate cancer growth.
Credit: LavoviewLignans found in seeds such as sunflower seeds, flaxseed, peanuts, cashews, and strawberries prevent estrogen dependent tumors by slowing down their rate of progression. Lignans also have an antioxidant effect which blocks and suppresses cancerous changes.
Credit: Grant CochraneAvocados are a super food when it comes to fighting breast cancer. Avocados are rick in antioxidants and phytochemicals which fight cancer. Avocados are high in carotenoids, Vitamin E, lutein, glutathione, and oleic acid. Carotenoids are shown to inhibit the growth of breast cancer as well as other cancers such as neck, head, and prostate. A high consumption of Vitamin E has been shown to reduce the risk of breast cancer in pre-menopausal women with a family history up to 43%. A high intake of lutein has also been shown to reduce the risk of breast cancer. Glutathione is an antioxidant which fights cancer cells. Women who have a diet rich in oleic acid have been shown to have a decreased rate of breast cancer.
Credit: FreeDigitalPhotos.netThe beta carotene in carrots prevents breast cancer as well as numerous other types of cancers. Carrots also contain falcarinol which reduces the risk of cancer and slows the growth of cancer cells.
Chili Peppers & Jalapenos
Credit: Grant CochraneCapascin which is found in chili peppers and jalapenos, has been found to neutralize nitrosamines, cancer causing substances, and therefore, consuming foods that contain capascin may help to prevent cancer.
Credit: Suat EmanGrapefruits contain monoterpenes, which have been found to prevent cancer by flushing harmful carcinogens out of the body. Grapefruits have been also found to inhibit the breast-cancer cell growth in vitro.
Credit: WikipediaIndoles, which are nitrogen compounds found in kale, have been found to stop the conversion of lesions in estrogen-sensitive tissues into cancerous cells. Further, kale contains phytochemicals called isothiocyanates, which are believed to suppress tumor growth.
Credit: Grant CochraneMushrooms contain lectin which attacks cancer cells and prevents them from multiplying. Thioproline, another substance found in mushrooms, is believed to stimluate interferon production in the body. Interferons allow for communication between cells in order to trigger the protective defenses of the immune system in order to fight cancerous tumors. Mushrooms also contain polysaccharides which are powerful compounds that are effective in boosting the body's immune system.
Oranges & Lemons
Credit: Master isolated imagesPapayas are rich in Vitamin C which is not only an antioxidant but also may reduce the absorption of cancer-causing nitrosomines. Papayas also contain folic acid (also known as folacin) which has been shown to minimize certain cancers.
Credit: Carlos PortoPolyphenols are antioxidants found in red wine which protect against various types of cancer by neutralizing free-radicals which can cause cancer. Resveratrol, which is found in the skin of grapes, is also found in red wine. Resveratrol inhibits cell prolifieration and also assists in preventing cancer.
Credit: Suat EmanLycopene is an antioxidant found in tomatoes. In addition to curing hangovers, lycopene attacks free radicals which are believed to cause cancer. Studies have show than increases consumption of lycopene not only reduces the risk of breast cancer, but also prostate, pancreas, and colorectal cancer. Vitamin C, which is also found in tomatoes, prevents cellular damage that can lead to cancer.
Credit: WikipediaTumeric has properties which have been found to prevent the expression of RANKL molecules, which have been found in aggressive breast cancer. Increased intake of tumeric is believed to slow the spread of breast cancer.
Vitamin D which can be found in milk, eggs, and cod liver oil as well as obtained through sunlight and supplements has been found to result in a lower risk of breast cancer.
Pre-menopausal women who have a diet high in calcium have been found to have a decreased risk of breast cancer. In addition to dairy which is a well known source of calcium, sources of calcium include canned salmon, orange juice, almonds, and green vegetables.