After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women in the United States, and the scientists recommend a colorful diet as a way to fight this type of cancer.
Approximately 5-10% of breast cancer cases can be associated with inherited gene mutations, but 85% of all breast cancers occur in women who don’t have affected family members. They get sick because of mutations that come as a result of aging and lifestyle. Scientists now do more and more studies investigating the connection between what people eat and the risk of having this disease.
You need to eat fruits and vegetables of different colors, and they will give you the nutrients that may reduce the risk of this disease.
Green: Broccoli and Kale
Broccoli, full with nutrients such as vitamin C, carotenoids (vitamin A), calcium and folic acid, is the right food to keep your health. New studies have found in this super food, some ingredients that might be able to fight against cancer. It is important to eat the broccoli raw or shortly steamed.
Like any other green leafy vegetable, the kale is a source of health. Since recently, it is considered that it is effective in reducing the risk of five types of cancer, among the others, breast cancer as well.
Lycopene is responsible for the color of tomatoes, and is known as a powerful antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory properties. More and more studies confirm that the increased intake of lycopene is associated with the lower risk of breast cancer. Therefore, eat tomatoes and red fruits and vegetables.
Purple: Purple Cabbage
The cabbage is rich in anthocyanins, the pigment which causes its red-purple color, capable to fight against cancer. It contains 36 different anthocyanins, flavonoids which are more often associated with the ability to reduce the risk of this disease. They believe that it is good for the prevention of cancer of the bladder, colon, prostate and breasts.
Yellow: The Sun
Of course, the sun is not food, but it provides us with one interesting nutrient: vitamin D. Most of us know that this fat-soluble vitamin helps in the absorption of calcium and gives us strong bones and teeth, but more and more studies show that vitamin D also reduces the risk of cancer. American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) has recently published a report that talks about the connection between the increased intake of vitamin D and reduced risk of breast cancer.
The magazine “Nutrition and Cancer” has published a study that says that consuming walnuts slows down the development and growth of breast cancer in mice. Mice that ate walnuts for 34 days had half the rate of illness than those mice that ate hazelnuts. Women are not mice, but the walnut indeed contains omega 3 fatty acids, antioxidants and phytosterols, all of which reduce the risk.
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Saturated and trans fatty acids: we all know that they are bad. Because they increase the risk of developing various diseases, particularly heart diseases, but today, the studies more often associate them with an increased risk of breast cancer.
Alcohol: The American Cancer Society has announced that there is a direct connection between the increased alcohol consumption and the increased risk of getting breast cancer. Researchers still do not understand this connection completely, but they believe it has something to do with the metabolism of alcohol. However, although the reason is still unknown, it is known that even a few drinks a day increase the risk of breast cancer.