Posted by on 10/04/2014

x_1826_672957_0_14090651_500October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so it’s a great time of year to learn more about the foods that can help protect against and fight this disease.

Foods that fight breast cancer

Blueberries: This tasty fruit is a great source of antioxidants and contain chlorogenic acid, a cancer-fighting nutrient. Blueberries have the highest antioxidant power of any fruit or vegetable, so they can also help with joint pain from arthritis and contain anti-inflammatory compounds.

Pomegranates: The crunchy seeds in a pomegranate contain ellagic acid, an antioxidant that can inhibit breast cancer development. You can enjoy the health benefits of pomegranate by scooping the seeds out of the fruit and eating them as a snack or on a salad or drinking pure pomegranate juice.

Beans: According to Natural Health Magazine, researchers found that women who consume legumes at least twice a week can lower their risk of developing breast cancer than those who don’t eat beans as often. It’s believed that black beans can block the circulation of estradiol, which encourages the spread of estrogen-drive breast cancer.

Broccoli: Sulforaphane is a compound that can strongly inhibit cancers, and is found in broccoli. Researchers think that it can slow the rate of breast cancer cell growth.

Walnuts: Aside from the plethora of other health benefits walnuts provide, such as speeding up metabolism and improving heart health, the nut may stop the development of breast cancer tumors. Researchers from the Marshall University School of Medicine said that the omega-3s, phytosterols and antioxidants in walnuts are what slow the growth of cancerous cells.

Mushrooms: A study published in the International Journey of Cancer found that women who eat 10 grams of mushrooms per day and decrease their risk of developing breast cancer by 64 percent compared to those who don’t eat them. Portobellos, button, shiitake and cremini mushrooms have anti-cancer properties and have more antioxidants than pumpkins, carrots and tomatoes. It’s the ergothioneine and selenium that can reduce the risk of cancer as well as cardiovascular disease.

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