Carotenoids Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence

Eating foods that contain carotenoids increases blood levels of these antioxidants, which provide protection against breast cancer.  In a study of over 1,500 women previously treated for early-stage breast cancer, those with the highest plasma carotenoid concentrations (a marker of fruit and vegetable intake) had the lowest rates of breast cancer recurrence.

Girl with CarrotsEating foods such as carrots, bok choy, dark leafy greens, pumpkin, carrots, squash, and sweet potatoes can help you keep your carotenoid levels up.

Aim for 1/2 cup serving each day.

Turnip Carotenoids for Breast Cancer

Turnips contain antioxidant carotenoids linked to low breast cancer risk.

A Chinese study of 3,000 women found that those who consumed the highest amount of carotenoid vegetables, such as turnips, had the lowest risk of breast cancer. Carotenoid compounds act as antioxidants supporting immune function, reducing inflammation, as well as fungal and bacterial growth.

Roasted turnips are easy to make. Slice turnips and toss with tamari, olive oil and herbs, such as basil, rosemary,Roasted Turnipsand sage and then roasted in the oven until soft and golden brown.

Lycopene for Breast Cancer Prevention

TomatoesLycopene, an antioxidant carotenoid found in tomatoes, is a powerful anticancer nutrient that can reduce pre-cancerous cells that lead to breast tumors. This nutrient reduces free radicals in the body which are a precursor of cancerous cells. By neutralizing the free radicals,  lycopene not only provides protection from developing cancer but also has the ability to reduce tumor growth.

Researchers have found that dietary lycopene, which is from whole foods rather than supplements, reduced cellular markers of oxidative stress in women with existing breast cancer.

This is promising research as it suggests that eating foods containing lycopene frequently can provide protection against breast cancer development as well as help reduce cancerous cells.

 

Sage is Breast Cancer Protective

Sage (fresh or dried) is rich in polyphenol antioxidants.

Diets high in antioxidants can reduce cellular damage caused by oxidative stress. Researchers found levels of free radicals (which can lead to the formation of cancerous cells) were lower in women who ate a diet including herbs (rosemary, sage, and basil), and grape seed extract.Sage

Combine herbs such as basil, rosemary and sage and aim for a tablespoon per day of fresh herbs or 1 teaspoon per day of dried herbs.

Plums Polyphenols for Breast Cancer

plumsPlums contain antioxidant polyphenols that have the ability to destroy breast cancer cells and block new cancer cells from developing.

Plums contain polyphenols, shown to interfere with cancer cell replication in laboratory studies. Extracts from plums containing concentrated polyphenols were effective in causing apoptosis (cell death) in cancerous cells in laboratory studies.

To increase your intake of these polyphenols, add fresh or frozen plums to smoothies, snack on dried plums (prunes), and spread plum jam on toast. Plum concentrate can be added to bubbly water such as Pellegrino for a refreshing nutrient drink or added to smoothies to add breast cancer fighting polyphenols, color and flavor.

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