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Fruits and vegetables to prevent Breast cancer

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Genetics is not the only factor responsible for breast cancer rather majority of women succumb to it due to poor lifestyle and eating habits. Alcohol, cigarettes, obesity and a diet lacking fresh fruits and vegetables are some major trigger factors for breast cancer.

Doctors, scientists and researchers across the globe have conducted several case studies to prove their point that incorporating certain vegetables and fruits daily in diet can lower risks of having breast cancer. Here we have presented you a guide for your anti-breast cancer nutrition.

 

Cruciferous vegetables

Time and again cruciferous vegetables have been linked to breast cancer prevention. Cruciferous vegetables belong to the genus Brassica of plants which essentially include broccoli, bok choy, kale, raddish, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, watercress, collard greens, etc.

The key component present in all cruciferous vegetables is glucosinolates which are broken down in to various cancer fighting elements (indoles, thicynates, nitriles, etc.) while cooking.

A study conducted in mice showed that these compounds played a vital role in preventing cancer. Thus, scientists believe that increasing intake of cruciferous vegetables would potentially protect your cells from carcinogenic damage and mutation of breast cells or stop progression of tumour. Furthermore, you also get benefits from carotenoids, vitamin C, E and K, folic acid and wide range of minerals and fibres.

Thus, it is advised for all women to eat any of these vegetables daily.

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Bright coloured vegetables

Antioxidants are believed to play a major role in lowering your risk of having breast cancer. Thus, incorporate coloured vegetables in your breast cancer diet. Prepare salads with red and yellow bell pepper, tomatoes, carrots and beetroot. They are loaded with carotenoids which detoxy your body from free radicals.

 

Furthermore, tomatoes are packed with lycopene, a powerful antioxidant capable of inhibiting progression of breast cancer cells.

 

Dark green vegetables

It’s essential for women to get right dose of folates- an important component for fortifying your DNA. Thus, to lower you risks of having breast cancer, you must consume plenty of dark green leafy vegetables essentially including spinach, kale, spring onions, celery, coriander and parsley.

 

Antioxidant packed fruits – Berries

Choose fruits everyday in a way that would everyday reduce your risks of having breast cancer. Antioxidants like antioxidants like monoterpenes, anthocyanins and beta carotenes are natural cancer fighting elements and they occur abundantly in strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries. Your oncologist is most likely to ask you to eat lots of blueberries along with anti breast cancer drug (if you are taking) to enhance efficiency.


Vitamin C rich coloured fruits

Vitamin C is also an antioxidant and is known for its immune boosting properties. It occurs abundantly in citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruits, guava and Indian gooseberries. These fruits complete your anti-breast cancer nutrition. Regular consumption of vitamin C enriched fruits would boost your immunity, cleanse your body and protect cells from becoming cancerous.

 

Other fruits that prevent breast cancer

An issue from Integrative Cancer Therapies reported that “pomegranate fruit extract lowered the metastatic potential in aggressive breast cancers”. You should also eat ripe papaya, apples, and apricot to further lower risks of breast cancer.

Written by: healthplus24.com team
Date last updated: August 13, 2014