Breast Cancer Healing Blueberry Smoothie

Breast Cancer Healing Blueberry Smoothie

There is a lot to know about how to build a smoothie that fights breast cancer.  There are foods to avoid such as milk, sugar and saturated fats and there are foods to add, such as blueberries for their phenolic compounds, apple juice for its carotenes, and bananas for their oligofructose prebiotic fiber.  This recipe looks simple but it actually provides powerful  support for the healing of breast cancer in a very direct way.

  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup unfiltered apple juice
  • 1 peeled frozen banana
  • 1 inch piece of fresh turmeric root

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend thoroughly.

Serves 1

Berries for Breast Cancer

Berries contain phenolic compounds, which can induce apoptosis in breast cancer cells, thus reducing breast cancer development.

BlueberriesBlackberries, black raspberries, blueberries, cranberries, red raspberries, and strawberries were found to have an anti-proliferative effect on breast cancer cells in test tube analyses.

Always buy organic berries to avoid the pesticide residue which has been found on berries, particularly strawberries.

CoQ10, Tamoxifen and Breast Cancer

Aggressive cancer treatments such as radiation, chemotherapy, and drug therapies all have nutritional implications.  The treatments are making drastic changes to the body, which often deplete critical nutrients. Nutrient supplementation can reverse these deficiencies and enhance these types of treatment.

For example, a supplement containing coenzyme Q10, riboflavin, and niacin was found to reduce markers of breast cancer cells in those also taking tamoxifen. This supplement may help drug treatment by restoring proper mitochondrial (the cell’s energy center) function and reducing tumor necrosis factor, a tumor growth-stimulating molecule.CoQ10

Medication and supplement interaction is complex so get the advice of an expert before making decisions. Some medical doctors and oncologists are trained in nutrition. However, it is more likely that your naturopath, oncology nutritionist or integrated medical doctor will be able to help you in choosing the best nutrients to support your recovery.

Green Pea Hummus

Green Pea Hummus Recipe

This gorgeous hummus has fresh pea flavor and packs in the protein. peas

  • 2 cups fresh or frozen green peas
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin

If using frozen peas, rinse and thaw prior to use. Blend all ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth. Serve on a platter with crudités.

Serves 4

Crudités
Four cups organic raw vegetables, sliced for dipping such as carrots, sweet bell peppers, celery sticks and cherry tomatoes.

 

Bean Flavonols for Breast Cancer

LegumesLegumes provide antioxidant flavonols that reduce breast cancer incidence, when eaten as part of the daily diet.

In a study including over 90,000 women, higher intake of legumes, which include peas, lentils and beans, was associated with lower breast cancer incidence. Scientists believe the flavonol compounds act as antioxidants reducing inflammation and microbial growth.

Aim for 1/2 cup cooked legumes per day to increase your flavonol intake.

 

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.