25 powerful breast cancer fighting foods

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fruits-and-veggies(NaturalHealth365) With the odds of developing breast cancer standing at 1 in 8, the disease is currently the leading cancer among women in the United States – claiming the lives of over 40,000 women in 2013 alone. Epidemiologist Dr. Hannah Weir of the CDC predicts that by 2020 breast cancer will be second only to prostate cancer in leading the increase in new cases.

Fortunately, nature has provided a protective arsenal of superfoods that may help to prevent the development of breast cancer.

Slash YOUR risk of breast cancer with these 25 flavorful and healthy foods

The value of arugula

Sometimes known as “rocket,” this amazing cancer-fighting salad green is a cousin to Brussels sprouts and broccoli. Chewing arugula releases isothiocyanates – compounds that neutralize carcinogens in the body.

Arugula is also rich in beneficial chlorophyll, vitamin C and beta-carotene, a plant pigment with cancer-fighting effects.

Favor your diet with flaxseeds

Tiny, nutty-flavored flaxseeds are packed with fiber, which reduces cancer risk. They also inhibit the ability of excess estrogen in the body to trigger breast cancer.

For maximum benefit, grind flaxseeds before use and sprinkle them over salads or cereals.

Give green tea the green light

Green tea is packed with flavonoids known as catechins, which protect against DNA damage caused by free radicals. Catechins also suppress urokinase, an enzyme that is often overactive in breast cancer patients.

For maximum cancer-fighting benefit, choose loose leaves. Adding a zip of lemon juice to your brew makes the powerful catechins even more bioavailable.

Reap the rewards of raspberries

Raspberries are rich in fiber and high in ellagic acid, a potent anti-carcinogen and anti-mutagen that can prevent dangerous changes in cell DNA. Studies have shown that raspberry extracts have caused apoptosis – programmed cell death – in cancer cells.

Think pink with salmon

Salmon is high in omega-3 fatty acids, which may help prevent breast cancer. In addition, astaxanthin – which gives the flesh its distinctive pinkish-orange color – is a potent antioxidant that can reduce free radical damage.

Choose wild salmon, which is higher in astaxanthin and lower in possible contaminants. Because of the risk of overexposure to mercury, the FDA recommends confining your salmon intake to two servings a week.

Go nuts for optimal health

Walnuts are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, and are high in antioxidants, which reduce risk of breast cancer. Eat them out of hand as a snack, or add them to salads and casseroles.

Get a boost from asparagus

Asparagus is a good source of glutathione, a natural antioxidant that is essential for detoxification from toxins and carcinogens. Glutathione also boosts the immune system and enhances the activities of cancer-fighting macrophages.

Enjoy the “spice of life” with horseradish

This tangy condiment is a tremendous source of glucosinolates, compounds which help with the detoxification of carcinogens – and have been shown to slow the growth of cancerous tumors.

The sweetness of cherries

Cherries have powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities, and are also loaded with disease-fighting plant pigments called anthocyanins. Bonus: cherries contain high levels of perillyl alcohol, which has been shown to target and destroy cancer cells.

Crunch on cabbage

Like arugula, cabbage releases isothiocyanates when chewed, and protects cell DNA from cancer-causing mutations. Because prolonged cooking depletes its cancer-fighting polyphenols, eat cabbage raw or very lightly steamed.

Give kale the OK

Kale has one of the highest antioxidant values of any food on the planet, giving it unparalleled ability to scavenge the free radicals that can cause oxidative damage – and can contribute to breast cancer. In addition, kale contains whopping amounts of beta-carotene, which is strongly associated with a lower risk of developing breast cancer.

Grab some garlic

When chopped or chewed, garlic releases a compound called allicin. Allicin has been shown to help prevent the development of breast cancer – when consumed regularly. For maximum benefit, chop or crush the garlic 10 minutes before eating to fully activate the allicin.

Welcome watercress into your life

Watercress is a great source of the cancer-fighting compounds sulforaphane and beta-carotene. In addition, studies have shown that polyphenols in watercress help to shut down the production of matrix metalloproteinase-9, a chemical which facilitates the spread of breast cancer.

This elegant, leafy green has a peppery, lemony taste and can be used to add zest and crunch to sandwiches and salads.

You can bank on broccoli

Like other cruciferous vegetables, broccoli is loaded with sulforaphane, which neutralizes carcinogens, suppresses DNA mutation and induces apoptosis in cancer cells. Broccoli – as well as broccoli sprouts – also contains glutathione, the body’s master antioxidant.

Because cooking destroys glutathione, broccoli should be eaten raw or lightly steamed to maximize nutrient intake.

Bring on the Brussels sprouts

Humble Brussels sprouts have heroic powers when it comes to fighting breast cancer. Cousin to broccoli and cabbage, Brussels sprouts contain indole-3-carbinol, a potent antioxidant that helps to neutralize and eliminate cancer-causing toxins.

Consider carrots for good health

In addition to being high in beta-carotene, carrots are a good source of falcarinol, which inhibits breast cancer. For best effect, eat them uncooked or lightly steamed – and don’t chop them up until after they are cooked in order to keep valuable polyphenols and nutrients intact.

Why shiitake mushrooms matter

Shiitake mushrooms are packed with the cancer-fighting mineral selenium, with a single cup offering over half of the recommended daily amount. But their secret weapon is their high content of beta-glucans – beneficial sugars classified as “biological response modifiers,” which target and destroy cancerous cells.

The rich and meaty flavor makes these tasty mushrooms one of the crown jewels of vegetarian and vegan cuisine.

Time for some fishy news

Fish eggs are loaded with DHA and EPA, the same beneficial omega-3 fatty acids found in fish – and research shows that consuming omega-3s regularly is associated with lower risk of cancer. However, due to their high levels of cholesterol and sodium, it’s best to eat them in modest quantities.

For environmental reasons, look for roe from salmon or hake – not Atlantic sturgeon, which is overfished.

A good reason to eat prunes

Prunes are just about off the charts on the ORAC scale, which measures the antioxidant powers of food. In fact, the antioxidant content of prunes is double that of such nutritional superstars as blueberries and raisins.

In addition, their high fiber content may help prevent estrogen dependent breast cancer in premenopausal women.

Don’t forget the value of rosemary

This savory herb has high levels of carnosic acid, rosmarinic acid and alpha tocopherol, all potent antioxidants. In addition, rosemary has been shown to inactivate aggressive estrogen types – such as estradiol and estrone – that can trigger breast cancer.

Don’t miss out on the benefits of miso soup

Studies have shown that soy isoflavones found in this delicately-flavored broth reduce the risk of breast cancer. As a fermented food, miso has immune system-boosting effects, and can enhance the function of cancer-destroying macrophages.

Pick pomegranates for great health

The luscious pomegranate contains three different compounds – luteolin, ellagic acid and punicic acid – shown in studies to prevent DNA damage, prevent the proliferation of cancer cells, and reduce the number and size of breast tumors. In a study published in Nutrition and Cancer, the researchers noted that pomegranate caused a “striking reduction of mammary tumor incidence and total tumor burden.”

Make maitake part of your diet

Maitake mushrooms are considered a medicinal mushroom in some natural healing systems – and studies are bearing out their ability to inhibit the growth of tumors and activate macrophages. Use them as you would shiitake mushrooms, in soups, salads and stews.

Savor sweet potatoes

High in beta-carotene, fiber, anthocyanidins and vitamins A and C, sweet potatoes have all the right stuff to qualify as an anti-cancer food. One study found that pre-menopausal women who eat healthy amounts of beta-carotene, fiber and vitamin C cut breast cancer risk in half.

Turn to turmeric to protect your life

Curcumin, the active ingredient in this bright yellow spice, is a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. Curcumin suppresses production of the chemical compound nitrosamine – which is associated with increased risk of cancer – and causes apoptosis in cancer cells.

Eaten consistently, these foods can be powerful weapons against breast cancer. Of course, purchase only certified organic foods, free of GMOs and pesticides. Plus, enjoy the journey!

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  • Defiant

    Food does NOT “fight” Cancer. If you had cancer…and ate these foods to treat it–without genuine medical help–you would die.

    This is hogwash.

    • Ty Shlackman

      You’re an idiot. The right foods do indeed fight cancer as they strengthen the immune system, kill viruses and bacteria, cleanse toxins from the body, and help keep the body alkaline. Cancer can only develop in an acidic low oxygen environment. However avoid fish because fish and all animal products create acidity in the body. You also don’t want to expose yourself to the mercury and other toxins fish are polluted with. Don’t waste your time with miso or other fermented foods. Fermented foods are dead foods that don’t contain the type of bacteria our bodies need. They only contain bacteria that feed on death, not on life. Fruits and vegetables, herbs and spices, and wild foods are the foods that protect us from disease. A limited amount of nuts and seeds are okay too but don’t over do it because a high fat diet overburdens the liver and creates thick blood. Avoid gluten and all gmo grains such as wheat, corn, and soy and avoid canola oil and other toxic oils as they all feed the viruses that cause cancer and all animal products especially dairy, eggs, and pork which also feed viruses.

    • Ty Shlackman

      What the hell is “genuine medical help”? If you’re talking about chemotherapy and radiation that will kill the patient faster than the cancer would. There are plenty of people who have cured themselves from cancer by eating the right foods and avoiding all the wrong foods that cause the disease to progress. Big Pharma treatments have never cured anyone from any chronic disease.

    • Wendy Allen

      No gluten/dairy/soy/sugar/GMO/food with a label …..eating organic/sunlight/Essiac/mushrooms/ginger/Vit D3/Zn/Mg/fish oil/rhodiola/coenyzme Q10/lecithin/evening primrose oil/Vit C/Vit E/coenyzmated B vitamins/Nature’s plus- Source of life/hair tests for minerals/heavy metals…strong probiotic…LDN..detoxing may help the immune system/cancer. Gluten may hurt intestines so less nutrients absorb…then cells are not made right to work right to burn oxygen/food/make ATP energy. Amour thyroid may help if gluten made antibodies to the thyroid. Flax may block thyroid and maybe rancid. Foods with sulfur may help detox. Green tea may help heal the gut lining. Green organic vegetables may help detox and have Mg in chlorophyll. Low sugar/fructose may help since sugar lows mitochondria/lowers the immune system/feeds cancer. Juicing may help. Natural help may help the immune system/nutrients absorbed/pH/oxygen burning. Chemo/radiation hurts fast growing cells…blood/hair/gut lining in addition to gluten/GMO/antibiotics hurting the gut lining. Painkiller lower the immune system and spread cancer. Chemo/radiation may help 2-3% of people and the cancer may come back unless they eat 100% gluten free…no hidden gluten/no cheating.

  • Ty Shlackman

    While you do need DHA it should come from algae oil not fish, fish oil, or krill oil.

  • Sabrina Oslow

    This article had the most information on what to do. No matter what anyone says the right food is the guard at the gate. It is the connection to prevention and repair. There are research studies that back this up. The biological potential attributed to healthy fruits and vegetables is astounding.

  • Will Dostal

    Plant power along with omega 3 are the key to wellness. What you get is a combination of protein, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, fiber, herbs and other botanical ingredients.

    I call it the ripple effect. This is critically inportant to understand. When you supply the body with the energy it needs it goes to work. It makes it easier to get rid of toxins and waste.