PREVENTING BREAST CANCER WITH DIET
1-Anti-inflammatory diet combats breast cancer
Eating foods rich in carotenoids have been linked to a reduced risk of breast cancer recurrence.Carotenoids are organic colorings (pigments) found in some plants. Foods that are good sources of carotenoids include carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach, kale, greens, papaya, bell peppers, and tomatoes. A summary of published studies has shown that women with higher levels of carotenoids in blood samples may have a lower risk of breast cancer.
Eating lots of vegetables and fruits reduces the risk of some types of cancer; they contain cancer-protective phytochemicals. Phytochemicals are a wide range of compounds made by plants. Some have either antioxidant or hormone-like actions. Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are known to contain phytochemicals with antioxidant, antiestrogen and chemopreventive properties that may prevent cancer. We recommend five or more servings of fruit and vegetables daily. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables that are high in polyphenols, particularly ones that have lots of color like pomegranates, berries, winter squash, and leafy greens. These superfoods are known to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Whole grains are unprocessed foods that are high in complex carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals.
A recent study found that women with the highest folate levels had a 44% lower risk of breast cancer than those with the lowest folate levels. The recommended daily allowance of folate — about 400 micrograms –To help protect you, you need to consume 1-2 servings of folate-rich foods a day. There is a wide range of folate-rich foods so it won’t be difficult to get to this number. Lentils, beans, certain fruits, leafy greens and fortified cereals are all good sources.
8-Vitamin D Rich Foods
To help maintain healthy bones, immune function, and minimize side effects from some treatments, your dietitian may recommend testing your Vitamin D level. This fat-soluble vitamin which helps absorb calcium to build strong teeth and bones may also build protection against cancer. Researchers suggest that vitamin D curbs the growth of cancerous cells may also build protection against cancer. A report of AACR showed a link between increased vitamin D intake and reduced breast cancer risk. It found vitamin D to lower the risk of developing breast cancer by up to 50%. Vitamin D is not available in as many foods as other antioxidant vitamins. You can get vitamin D from two natural sources: through the skin, and from the diet. Natural sources include saltwater and fatty fish, such as herring salmon, tuna, mackerel, sardines and fish liver oil. Other sources are shrimps, liver, egg yolks, cheese, soy and rice beverages, fortified orange juice, margarine and milk with vitamin D. some mushrooms are loaded with vitamin D3.
Vitamin D3 has been proven in many studies to be extremely valuable for maximum bone health. Without vitamin D3, your bones will become fragile; Sun exposure is the easiest way for your body to get access to vitamin D3. Vitamin D is sometimes called the sunshine vitamin because your body produces a critical form of vitamin D — vitamin D3 — when your skin is exposed to sunlight. Ultraviolet radiation from the sun stimulates the production of vitamin D3 in human skin, and just a few minutes (15 minutes a day is generally enough) of exposure to sunlight each day (without sunscreen) will ensure your body is producing adequate amounts of vitamin D3 to sustain itself.
To combat fatigue, your dietitian may recommend high-protein snacks and small, frequent meals rather than large meals. They may work with you and your care team to help you find ways to stay active to help reduce fatigue. Soy foods are an excellent source of protein and can be a good option for meals without meat. Soy contains many phytochemicals, some of which have weak estrogen activity and seem to protect against hormone-dependent cancers in animal studies. Other compounds in soy have antioxidant properties and may have anticancer effects. Soy foods contain many cancer-protective substances and also appear to possess anti-estrogenic effects.
In some studies, eating phytoestrogens, chemicals found in plants (soy flour and linseed supplements) regularly over several weeks reduced estrogen levels. One of the active ingredients in soya is isoflavone. This chemical is similar to estrogen and reduces the effect of human estrogen in the body. High levels of human estrogen can increase breast cancer risk.
Eat one serving of whole soy foods a day. Regular, moderate consumption of whole soy foods early in life influences development of breast tissue in ways that appear to reduce risk. The American Cancer Society is more cautious in its recommendations, noting that while soy is a good source of alternative protein, “women with breast cancer should take in only moderate amounts” and not ingest soy-containing pills, powders or supplements containing high amounts of isoflavones.