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.

Learn How to Identify the Cause of Your Breast Cancer

Turning Off Breast Cancer: A Personalized Approach to Nutrition and Detoxification in Prevention and Healing Paperback

 

A Cutting-Edge Guide to Preventing and Healing from Breast Cancer

Turning Off Breast Cancer is a comprehensive and targeted program rooted in the science of epigenetics–how gene expression is affected by nutrients and toxins–Daniella Chace teaches readers to restore their own genes via diet, supplementation, and detoxification.
Readers will learn how to:
· Nourish their bodies with more than one hundred foods that combat breast cancer. Chace also offers supplement recommendations for pre- and postmenopausal women.
· Restore their bodies by using new genetic tests to determine their personal nutrition and detox needs.
· Detoxify their bodies by flushing out the toxins that contribute to breast cancer development and disturb cellular communication.

Turning Off Breast Cancer forges a clear path toward health and healing.

Epigenetics and Cancer

There have been great advances in the field of epigenetics, which is the study of environmental factors such as diet and toxins that can influence gene expression.

There was a longheld belief that genes had a permanent plan for our biology. We now know that some genetic markers for cancer will not necessary be “expressed” and that we can, via epigenetics therapy, effect gene expression.

For example, piperine, a nutrient compound found in black pepper, has an epigenetic effect. This means that it can change or reduce the expression of specific cancer genes, even ones that are programmed for cancer. Researchers have found that piperine may be a potential agent for the prevention and treatment of human breast cancer as it reduces HER2 overexpression.

Even though this is a new science, the research strongly indicates that individuals may benefit from its application today.

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Controllable Risk Factor for Breast Cancer

Controllable Risk Factor for Breast Cancer

Many risk factors for breast cancer are controllable. For example, diets with less processed foods made, such as white flour, are linked to reduced cases of breast cancer.

This has been found in multiple broad studies throughout the world.  A high intake of refined carbohydrates is associated with increased breast cancer incidence.

It’s easy to reduce this risk factor, simply eat more unrefined carbohydrates such as whole, unprocessed grains and less simple sugars and processed grains.  Beans, peas, lentils, nuts and seeds are also excellent sources of unrefined carbohydrate.