When I did a search at eHow.com, I was pleasantly surprised to see an article about a Breast Cancer Diet and Prevention. It has 5 simple steps that anyone can add to their daily routine. These nutritional tips bring you 1 step closer to being Proactive with Prevention.
While studies show 80 percent of all breast lumps are not cancerous, the emotional turmoil of finding these breast masses can be traumatic. As the awareness of Breast Cancer increases, researchers are searching for different types of medicine to prevent Breast Cancer. Because many of the prescription medications have shown adverse side effects, women are looking to find an alternative to medicine to prevent the onset of Breast Cancer.
Daily Tips For a Breast Cancer Diet
1.) Take a cue from other cultures when determining alternative methods for preventing breast cancer. For instance, women in Asian countries have lower instances of breast cancer than their European and American counterparts, leading doctors to look at nutrition as a possible cure and prevention tool.
2.) Take a daily does of vitamin B12. Deficiencies in this vitamin have led to nerve damage and, more seriously, anemia. B12 is found in a variety of foods such as fish, meats and dairy products. You can also buy B12 capsules at your local Natural Food Store to take with a meal.
3.) Increase your intake of cruciferous vegetables including broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage. These foods contain a photochemical called Sulforaphane that increases the phase 2 enzymes which fight cancer forming chemicals in the body. There has been some success in scientific laboratories using Sulforaphane to prevent breast cancer, and more clinical trials are currently being conducted.
4.) Drink 8 ounces, or more, of green tea each day. Where there is a high consumption of green tea, there is also a low incidence of breast cancer. EGCG or epigallocatechin-3 naturally found in green tea is an active compound that when administered to a cancer patient has been found to stop the cancer cells from growing, replication is ceased and the cells die.
5.) Supplement your diet with folic acid. DNA relies on folic acid for its creation and repair. Studies have shown that taking an increased dose of folic acid can greatly reduce your chances of breast cancer. In addition, an increase in folic acid has been known to help offset the raised risk of breast cancer in women who drink more than one alcoholic drink a day.
6.) Add Maitake mushrooms (now in capsule form for easy supplementation) to your diet. These mushrooms have been used for thousands of years in some cultures for their health benefits. A compound called “D-fraction” has been proven to stop cancerous cells from growing and in addition has also shown to stimulate immune cells which help fight the disease.
As you can see, simple steps such as drinking Organic Green Tea every day and making this a regular part of your Breast Cancer Diet can add years to your life and life to your years. Be Proactive with Prevention!
Let me know what steps you take to prevent Breast Cancer.