Who knew the fight against breast cancer would start in the kitchen?
“A woman can cut her chance of cancer by as much as two-thirds with good nutrition and weight management,” says Rock. “Even a woman who carries the BRCA1 or 2 gene [two genetic mutations that up a woman’s risk] can reduce her risk,” Cheryl L. Rock, Ph.D., R.D., professor of family and preventive medicine at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine.
Yes, a cancer diagnosis is dramatically affected by a women’s diet, which is good news, knowing that women can be even more proactive in their fight. It’s entirely unfortunate the 231,000 of women in the United States who will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year didn’t know that sooner—it may have saved their life.
Cancer, as many of us all know too well, is a debilitating and deteriorating disease that not only strip you of your life, but also your family, happiness and family’s future. If you’re lucky enough to survive breast cancer, you’re surely be stronger and more determined, yet not left without battle wounds of emotional and physical scars.
In many cases, surgically removing your breasts (mastectomy) is deemed your best or only chance for survival—thankfully, breast augmentation surgery is technically advanced enough that plastic procedure options of available.
So now, today, start paying more attention to what you’re putting into your body. It could save your life. Here are two great sources of food that may decrease your risk of developing breast cancer:
Fiber, unlike most foods, is not digested nor absorbed into the bloodstream. Instead, fiber travels through your digestive tract without breaking down into particles—creating a filter-like mechanism, which allocates good sources of food from ones that arent.
Regarding how fiber benefits breast cancer, fiber attaches to estrogens stored in the gut and helps to remove them. Less estrogen is absorbed into the bloodstream results in lowered amounts of hormone produced. The higher your estrogen levels are, the higher your risk of developing breast cancer is. Women need at least 35 grams of fiber each day lower hormone levels.
Great sources of fiber include:
Omega-3 fatty acids
Omega-3 fatty acids work in a multitude of ways—preventing irregular heartbeat, reducing fatty plagues within arteries, lower the risk of blood clots, supports healthy cholesterol and decreases blood fat. Problem is, your body doesn’t even produce Omega-3s.
One of the essential reasons why Omega-3s assist with lowering your chances of breast cancer is because of its anti-inflammatory properties. High inflammation weakens your immune system, putting you at a higher risk of catching an illness or developing a virus. By incorporating more Omega-3s into your daily diet, you’re in turn enhancing healthy tissue and encouraging the growth of new cancer-fighting cells.
Great sources of Omega-3 fatty acids include:
- Fish oils – salmon, menhaden, sardines, cod liver, etc.
- Cooked salmon
- Dried butternuts
- Brussels sprouts
- Flaxseed oil; flaxseeds
- Agutuk –Alaskan ice cream
- Salted mackerel