Breast Cancer Healing Blueberry Smoothie

Breast Cancer Healing Blueberry Smoothie

There is a lot to know about how to build a smoothie that fights cancer. Red blood oranges contain flavonoids, carotenoids, ascorbic acid, hydroxycinnamic acids, and anthocyanins that efficiently counteract the oxidative damage that plays a role in the development of cancer. This smoothie is a rich blend of crushed citrus flavors and herbal fragrance.

  • 1 cup blood orange
  • 1⁄2 cup Meyer’s lemon
  • 1⁄2 cup lime
  • 1⁄2 cup frozen wild blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger root
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon turmeric powder

Combine all ingredients in a high-power blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Drink immediately.

Serves 2

Berries for Breast Cancer

Berries for Breast Cancer

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

Blackberries, 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.

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

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.

Eating 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.