Thursday, July 21, 2011

Food for Breast Health

To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art. – La Rochefoucauld 

We have all heard it said, “You are what you eat”.  But for many of us women, it is often what we don’t eat that can have the biggest impact on our health, especially our breast health.  

As the incidence of breast cancer in women continues to increase, the rush is on to find proactive ways to prevent the formation of cancerous cell growth.  But while science and research continues down this arduous path, we as women can make a significant impact on our breast health via proper food choices and lifestyle adjustments.  Making informed dietary choices includes food that is cancer-preventative in nature and some that can even help to destroy pre-cancerous cells.

Choose color” needs to be a rule of thumb when browsing through the fruit and vegetable isle at your local grocery store. Foods that are naturally colourful and bright such as peppers, berries, oranges, red grapes, and cherries have higher amounts of a chemical called antioxidant that helps our body neutralize molecules known as free radicals. Although naturally occurring, free radicals are dangerous because they have the potential to harm our DNA causing lasting cellular changes that can lead to breast cancer. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the neutralizing effect of antioxidants can help prevent the genetic changes that lead to cancer.  Although colourful fruit and vegetables are not the only source for antioxidants, it is a good place to begin. But remember; wash all fruit and vegetables to remove pesticides before consumption as they are a major negative factor in breast health. (Watch for “Pesticides and Their Effect on Breast Health”)

A daily helping of flax seeds and cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts)  helps balance estrogen levels, decreasing the risk for breast cancer by preventing excess estrogen from being reabsorbed into the body through the digestive tract. (High levels of estrogen are thought to be a leading cause of breast cancer.)

One last item that appeared consistently throughout my research was turmeric, noted for its antioxidant, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory qualities and the ability to lower estrogen in post-menopausal women.  Who knew!

The information I have provided here only touches the tip of the iceberg on the topic of food and breast health.  There is endless research available that can provide us with the knowledge we require to make healthy food choices. But will we, as women, take the next step and put it into action?    Get smart, and help others to get smart too!  Pass the information on and keep learning.  Remember, information is power, and it’s all up to you.

Ann and Tammy

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