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Start Eating These 6 Foods Today To Prevent Breast Cancer

posted on 8/11/2016 Facebook Facebook

A healthy diet might not be the magic bullet against cancer but making some foods a part of your daily meals can keep your body in its healthiest state, boost your immune system and help you keep your risk of various diseases as low as possible. A mounting amount of research shows that an overall healthy diet filled with colorful fruits and vegetables can put a significant dent in lowering the number of cancer cases. 

Breast cancer is a growing threat for women with numbers escalating higher than before. In India, the situation is getting grimmer by the day whereby breast cancer has now surpassed cervical cancer as the deadliest cancer amongst women. While regular health checkups and screening tests can assist early detection, our everyday food choices can also play a big role in keeping cancer away. 

Low Weight, Healthy Diet & Breast Cancer
Foods of plant origin, sea food, certain spices, and herbs make for an effective anti-cancer nutrition plan, according to a recent review carried out by the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Cancer Research Institute. Maintaining a healthy weight also works in the favor of lowering the risk of breast cancer. A diet that could ward off cancer really doesn''t look that different from the healthy foods you should be eating anyway, as claimed by experts. Here we highlight six such foods which can fight breast cancer:

1.Broccoli
Broccoli and its cousins—cauliflower, kale, cabbage etc. have garnered the most attention for their cancer fighting properties. Broccoli is the best source of sulforaphane and indoles which have been studied to exhibit protective action against a host of cancers such as breast, stomach, prostate, and lung.

2.Salmon
Fatty fish such as salmon is rich in omega-3 fats which can reduce inflammation in the body which is a prime trigger for cancerous growth. Salmon is also rich in vitamin B12 and D which are required to regulated cell growth and work to prevent the spread of cancer if it does occur.

3.Garlic
This tuber is known to have an impact on cell cycling. Allicin, alliin, and allyl sulfides present in garlic have shown the ability to slow or stop the growth of tumors in prostate, bladder, colon and stomach tissue, in laboratory studies. Another component, diallyl disulfide present in garlic has been found to exert potent preventive effects against cancers of the skin, colon, breast and lung.

4.Flaxseeds
Rich in lignans, fiber, and omega-3 fats—flaxseed are found to form a  protective shield against cancer cells. Several laboratory studies have seen that flaxseed can decrease the growth and spread of cancer in the breast tissue.

5.Pomegranate
A great fruit to add to your breast cancer prevention diet, pomegranate is rich in polyphenols which are known for their antioxidant properties. Add the ruby arils of pomegranate to your daily and not only prevent cancer but also heart troubles.

6.Walnuts
Most famous for their memory enhancing property walnuts are loaded with omega-3 fats which are fight inflammation in the body. Research points out that walnut can slow the growth of breast cancer tumors. 

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