Citrus Fruit Contain Anti-Tumor Compounds

Citrus Fruit Contain Anti-Tumor Compounds

Citrus fruits contain hesperidin, an antioxidant flavonoid compound that interferes with the growth of breast cancer cells.

Hesperidin inhibited the growth and replication of breast cancer cells in a laboratory study. Scientists think that hesperidin might interrupt certain cellular pathways involved in hormone receptor binding in cancerous cells.  Therefore, this nutrient is particularly effective  in preventing, and slowing the development of, hormone-related cancers.

Hesperidin is found abundantly in oranges, tangerines and grapefruit.

Borscht for Breast Cancer Protection

Borscht for Breast Cancer Protection

Borscht with a Hint of Honey 

If you’re not used to eating borscht, then the sound of ‘cabbage soup’ may seem strange but once you try this you may be as hooked as I am.   This salty and hearty soup is a true comfort food and provides two major breast cancer fighting foods – cabbage and beets.

  • 3 cups shredded cabbage
  • 4 cups organic vegetable broth
  • 2 cans (15 ounces) shoestring beets with liquid
  • 1 teaspoon tamari
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey

In a medium saucepan, cook cabbage in vegetable broth over medium heat for 10 minutes, then add remaining ingredients and cook for 5 more minutes. Serve hot or cold.

Serves 4

Cocoa Popcorn for Breast Cancer Protection

Cocoa Popcorn Recipe

This light cocoa popcorn topping is addictive and provides fiber as well as antioxidants from the dark cocoa powder.  This is a satisfying snack for anytime of day and a light dessert alternative.  Start by popping organic popcorn in extra virgin olive oil.  Stainless steel pans are non-toxic and work well for popcorn.

This recipe is from the award winning iPhone and iPad app iEat for Life: Breast Cancer.  It’s free from iTunes!

  • 4 cups popped popcorn


  • 2 tablespoons non-dairy butter
  • 2 teaspoons xylitol or honey
  • 1 teaspoon dark unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Salt to taste with sea salt

Combine butter, xylitol and cocoa and heat in microwave (5-10 seconds), or in a saucepan until melted. Spoon over popcorn and toss.

Serves 2

Cauliflower is Breast Cancer Protective

Cauliflower and other Brassica vegetables contain phytochemicals that are protective against hormone sensitive breast cancer.  Studies are finding that they are also particularly effective at protecting postmenopausal women against breast cancer development.

These naturally occurring nutrients in Brassica family vegetables reduce specific estrogen metabolites such as alpha-hydroxyestrone, that promote breast tumor growth.

Brassica vegetables include cabbage, turnips, kohlrabi, brussels sprouts, cauliflower and broccoli.


Lower Breast Cancer Risk with Vegetables and Fruits

Lower Breast Cancer Risk with Vegetables and Fruits

Increasing fruit and vegetable intake can reduce the likelihood of breast cancer development and recurrence.

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. Carotenoids are antioxidants that neutralize free radicals.


Trans Fats and Breast Cancer

Trans fats or ‘trans fatty acids’ are linked to higher rates of breast cancer.  The more trans fats stored in our own body fat, the greater our risk for developing breast cancer.  Research suggests that this may be especially risky for those who are postmenopausal.

Trans fats have been structurally altered by a process called hydrogenation to stay solid at room temperature.  Packaged baked products such as cookies, cakes and donuts are some of the worst culprits.  Also any fatty foods that have been cooked at high heat may have altered fats such as deep fat fried foods, charred meats and many grilled foods.

Avoid foods labeled  ‘partially hydrogenated oil’ and ‘hydrogenated oil’.

Monounsaturated fats are healthier such as extra virgin olive oil, walnut oil, sunflower oil, almond oil, hemp oil, and avocado oil.