Cancer affects everyone, either directly or indirectly. Since about 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop breast cancer in their lifetime, it makes sense to try to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Genetics do play a major role in some cancer cases, however, dietary factors may also play a role in many cases. While studies are ongoing, here are some known foods that help prevent cancer or in some situations, slow the spread of cancer.
Blueberries. According to one study, the chemicals in blueberries have been shown they work together to stop the growth and spread of triple-negative breast cancer.
Tomatoes . Tomatoes are high in lycopene, which has been found to lower the risk of breast cancer. It has also been found to be a key factor in lessening the chance of prostate cancer for men.
Avocados. Avocados are high in oleic acid, which studies have found to prevent cancer.
Red Wine. Red wine is believed to lower the risk of breast cancer. However, drinking more than two alcoholic drinks per day may increase the risk of cancer so moderation is the key.
Brussels Sprouts , broccoli and cauliflower. Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and cauliflower all contain glucosinolates which are powerful cancer fighters and also contain indole-3-carbinol, a chemical that fights breast cancer by converting the estrogen that causes cancer into a more protective form.
Pomegranate juice. Research shows that pomegranate juice destroys breast cancer cells while leaving healthy cells alone. Pomegranate juice may also prevent new breast cancer cells from forming.
Flaxseed Oil. Flaxseeds contain high levels of lignans. Lignans may protect against estrogen-dependent cancers.
Green Tea . Studies show that drinking green tea lowers the risk of developing breast cancer and prevents it from spreading.
Garlic . Studies show that garlic eradicates breast cancer cells in tests. Research has also found that cooking garlic with meat reduces the carcinogenic chemicals in cooked meat that may be linked to breast cancer.
Spinach. One study found that women who ate spinach at least twice a week had half the rate of breast cancer as women who didn’t eat spinach.
Grapefruit . Studies show that grapefruit may inhibit breast cancer cells from growing.
For more information on cancer studies, and for tips on living a more healthy lifestyle, please see Mayo Clinic’s website at http://www.mayoclinic.com.