While there are no foods that are certain to prevent, or cure, breast cancer, adding certain foods to your diet (and eliminating others!) can improve your overall health and While there are no foods that are certain to prevent, or cure, breast cancer, adding certain foods to your diet (and eliminating others!) can improve your overall health and help reduce risk.
Here are Yon Appetit’s Top 5 foods to focus on to aid in breast cancer prevention (view the original piece here):
1. Leafy Green and Cruciferous Vegetables
Arugula, chards, kale and spinach are just a few of the leafy green vegetables that are said to offer anti-cancer properties due to their high levels of carotenoid antioxidants. Similarly, cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower may also help lower your risk of breast cancer.
Citrus fruits boast folate, vitamin C, and carotenoids plus flavonoid antioxidants like quercetin, which provide antioxidant, anticancer, and anti-inflammatory effects. On some medications, citrus (often grapefruit) is contraindicated so if you take prescription medicine, check with your doctor before adding it to your diet.
3. Fermented Foods
Foods like kimchi, miso, pickles and sauerkraut, contain probiotics and other nutrients that may safeguard against breast cancer and help reduce inflammation. They also have immune-enhancing effects to help balance the gut microbiome.
Beans (like cannellini, garbanzo, navy and pinto) are not only a powerhouse protein staple in a plant-based diet, but high-fiber foods, like beans, have demonstrated a role in reducing risk of breast cancer.
5. Herbs and Spices
Herbs and spices like chives, curry, garlic, ginger, rosemary and scallions not only jazz up even the simplest of meals, but their vitamins, minerals and antioxidants are essential. Oregano, curcumin (the main active component of turmeric) and parsley are a few of the best.