Breast cancer is the leading cancer among women in the U.S: here are foods to help fight it

Breast cancer is the leading cancer among women in the U.S.

Here are foods to help fight it.

ARUGULA is a cancer-fighting salad green, a cousin to broccoli. Arugula’s secret is it releases isothiocyanates, compounds that neutralize carcinogens in the body. Arugula is also rich in chlorophyll, vitamin C and beta-carotene.

FLAXSEEDS are tiny, nutty seeds packed with fiber which helps reduce cancer risk. Chew them whole, or grind them and sprinkle over salad.

GREEN TEA is packed with flavonoids that protect against DNA damage. Maximize their effects by using loose leaf tea.

RASPBERRIES are rich in fiber and high in ellagic acid, a potent anti-carcinogen. Studies show that raspberry extracts cause cell death in cancer cells.

NUTS are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids (particularly walnuts). Nuts are filled with antioxidants that repel developing cancer cells.

SALMON, once an excellent health food that was the main diet of historical North American cultures, is now polluted by mercury, radiation and other poisons of modern societies. Even the FDA recommends reducing intake to two or fewer servings per week—of wild caught, not farm-raised.

ASPARAGUS is an excellent source of glutathione, a powerful natural antioxidant that is essential for detoxification, boosts the immune system and enhances the activity of cancer-fighting macrophages.

MUSHROOMS, especially shiitake and maitake, are rich in cancer-fighting selenium. Mushrooms are also filled with beta-glucans, classified as ‘biological response modifiers,’ which target and destroy cancer cells.

CARROTS are a common, humble vegetable probably undervalued for their nutritional benefits, particularly beta-carotene.

SWEET POTATOES are rich in beta-carotene, anthocyanidins, and vitamins A and C, all the right stuff for cancer-fighting nutrients. Studies have found that pre-menopausal women who eat a healthy amount of beta-carotene, fiber and vitamin C cut their risk of breast cancer in half!

KALE is considered today as one of the most powerful antioxidants on the planet, with whopping amounts of beta-carotene and a studied fighter, along with its cousin broccoli (already discussed in an earlier post), against breast and other cancers.

PRUNES (dried plums) are often considered an old folks treatment. Don’t kid yourself. There is a reason they have been preserved in various forms for thousands of year. They are off the chart in ORAC content, and have double the amount of antioxidants  in blueberries and raisins.

ROSEMARY , a common herb used in Italian and other Mediterranean diets, is full of potent antioxidants. Studies show that the herb inactivates aggressive cells that can trigger breast cancer.

POMEGRANATE, last but not least, contains three compounds that prevent DNA damage. According to the journal NUTRITION, pomegranate compounds reduce the number and size of breast tumors and the proliferation of carcinogenic cells.

There are mores. Learn about them at www. naturalhealth Eat these foods consistently for powerful weapons against breast cancer. Try your best to buy or grow certified organic, free of GMOs and pesticides.

According to Dr. Hannah Weir of the CDC, approximately one in eight U.S. women is diagnosed with breast cancer, with 40,000 deaths as of 2013. By 2020, says Dr. Weir, breast cancer is predicted to be second only to prostate cancer as most common cancers in the U.S.

You don’t want to be among those statistics.

There are many causes of  cancer—pollutants in the environment, seas, farms, foods, cosmetics  and household —and lack of life-giving nutrients in soil and crops.

Most people require specific vitamins and minerals in the form of supplements. Be sure you buy only whole food supplements from reputable health food stores and companies, who search the world in an effort to obtain the cleanest organic ingredients.