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Healthy Foods That Help Prevent Breast Cancer

Healthy Foods That Help Prevent Breast Cancer

A healthy diet has been proven to reduce the risk of breast cancer; some foods have so many health benefits that when eaten properly and regularly, will help you become healthier while reducing your risk of breast cancer.

What are some of the foods every woman should add to her diet and make sure she eats good amounts of? The Daily Mail shared foods every woman should add to her daily diet, here are 8 of them:

  • Cruciferous Vegetables:

Cauliflower, garlic, onions and cabbage are all great choices of cruciferous vegetables.

Studies and experiments have shown that the chemicals in these vegetables may help prevent cells from DNA damage and induce cell death, which could reduce the risk of cancer.

  • Dark Green Leafy Vegetables:

Studies have suggested that lutein and zeaxanthin found in dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale could help reduce risks of breast cancer.

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  • Beans and Pulses:

The Nurses Health Study found that the intake of beans and pulses such as lentils and chickpeas was associated with reduced breast cancer risk.

Beans and pulses also provide nutrients such as calcium, iron and B vitamins.

  • Tomatoes:

Tomatoes are an excellent choice of fruit for breast cancer, they are exceptionally beneficial due to their high antioxidant level.

  • Omega 3 Rich Oily Fish:

In studies carried out from Zhejiang University and the APCNS Center of Nutrition researchers looked at the effects of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids found in oily fish such as salmon and tuna.  The analysis concluded that out of a total of over 800,000 women, just over 20,000 actually developed breast cancer during the follow up. It was shown that the women who had the highest intake of polyunsaturated fatty acids from fish had a 14 per cent reduction in breast cancer compared with the women who had eaten the least amount of fish.

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  • Olive Oil:

Extra virgin olive oil is the best choice for cooking and adding to salads. It is filled with antioxidants and phytonutrients.

The antioxidants reduce oxidisation in the body which can cause free radicals known to cause cancer.”

  • Flaxeed:

Flaxseeds are an excellent food to incorporate into the diet to help prevent risks against breast cancer. Flaxseeds contains lignans which are the main type of phytoestrogens in the Western diet.

  • Edemame:

Soy-rich diet edamame beans have been found to help the density of breast tissue. Women with a diet high in soya had less dense breast tissue than women that avoided or had a diet low in soya.