Studies have found that eating fruits and vegetables, especially carotenoid-rich ones, helps reduce breast cancer. There are numerous scientific studies to support this. Let’s go into some of the details.
A sharp rise in breast cancer worldwide is something to take seriously.
- 1.7 million new cases of breast cancer were diagnosed in 2012. Breast cancer has increased by more than 20 percent,
- Breast cancer is the most common cancer in Canadian women over the age of 20.
- 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime.
- Breast cancer is the most common cancer worldwide for females.
How do we decrease these cancers and live a healthy life? Studies are showing that a plant-based diet is a key factor.
Decrease Breast Cancer Risk with Plant-Based Foods
The World Cancer Research Fund International’s Continuous Update Project found that a plant-based diet helps breast cancer patients survive.
Scientists reviewed 85 studies with 164,416 participants diagnosed with breast cancer.
What the scientists found in breast cancer studies:
- Eating more plant foods before and after diagnosis may increase the survival of breast cancer victims.
- Women who ate the most carotenoid-rich fruits and vegetables reduced their risk for breast cancer by almost 19 percent, says Susan Levin, M.S., R.D.
- Those consuming more soy after diagnosis have a lower risk of dying.
- For those consuming more saturated fat, before diagnosis had a higher risk of dying.
- Best to avoid alcohol, dairy products, and red and processed meat products.
- Regular exercise and maintaining a healthy body weight also helped with survival.
Bottom line: Good food and healthy lifestyle choices can improve survival for women with breast cancer.
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To reduce the risk of breast cancer, women are encouraged to eat 3 to 6 milligrams of beta-carotene (yellow, orange, and red vegetables) every day.
- 1 cup of cooked carrots contains the recommended dietary intake of beta-carotene.
- 1 cup of cooked spinach contains two to three times the recommended dietary intake of beta-carotene.
The foods highest in beta carotene include:
- dark leafy greens, such as kale and spinach
- sweet potatoes
- red and yellow peppers
- romaine lettuce
Click on the above foods to get recipes for all of those superfoods that are helpful to cut breast cancer.
Visit beta-carotene for more information about types of vegetables and quantities.
We created cancer?!
Scientists have suggested that cancer is something we created in the past century.
They studied the remains and literature from the early centuries and found the first histological diagnosis of cancer in an Egyptian mummy. There was a study of Egyptian mummies and ancient skeletons, it was found very little evidence that they had cancer. They investigated thousands of Egyptian mummies and only found one case of cancer.
“In a review of published analyses of tens of thousands of ancient skeletons and hundreds of mummies, David and Zimmermann found only a handful of cases of cancer. One recent finding, of colorectal cancer, was identified as the first ever discovered in a mummy. They also examined ancient texts and literature from Egypt and Greece, and say that there’s little sign that cancer was a common ailment.” ~ New Scientist
The rate has risen since the Industrial Revolution to now almost epidemic proportions. Some people suggest that we experience more cancer cases just because we live a lot longer. This theory is questioned by the fact that childhood cancer has also increased significantly.
Why has this happened?
Some health experts say that this rise in cancer is due to an increasingly sedentary lifestyle; we just don’t move enough. The research listing the benefits of exercise would fill many pages, but if you assume that our bodies were designed to be active it just makes sense. If our circulatory and lymphatic systems can’t move the proper nutrition in or the toxins out fast enough, any number of diseases can progress.
To use an analogy, a flowing stream is clear and fresh but if you block it up, bacteria, fungi, and other life forms will rapidly move into that space. Smoking, one of the largest single identified cancer-causing factors, has a similar blocking effect because it slows the proper flow of oxygen uptake and transportation. This ‘flow orientation’ would also include the eastern and energetic orientations towards disease which focus on blockages to our chi and life forces.
Eliminating prepackaged foods and savoring fruits and vegetables is a huge step toward cutting cancer risk.
Here are a few healthy and delicious recipes to help you cut breast cancer.
Healthy Carrot Salad with Sunflower Seeds – This carrot salad with black currants and sunflower seeds is especially unique and so tasty. Also, it is filling too.
Leeks and Carrots with Ginger and Garlic is So Delicious– Leeks and carrots are favourite vegetables in my kitchen. Pairing them with yummy ginger and garlic makes a very refreshing delicious addition to a dinner meal. Also, all these ingredients are very nutritious for you too. In fact, almost all of the ingredients are superfoods.
Carrots with Orange Recipe is Very Delicious and So Easy to Make – This recipe has LOTS of orange foods in a surprising but delightful combination. It is also ridiculously easy to make.
Warm Winter Crunchy Salad In winter many of us start slowing down on salads, but this one is hearty enough and grounding enough to keep you going. It’s also delicious!
Spinach Salad With Walnuts is Easy to Make, Healthy and So Delicious – This spinach salad with walnuts, avocado, and mandarin oranges is delicious and filled with healthy superfood ingredients. Be strong like Popeye and eat your spinach in a fun tasty salad.
Spring Cleanse Spinach Salad Is Healthy and Tasty for You and Popeye– Be strong like Popeye and eat your spring cleanse spinach salad in a fun tasty way. This is a very healthy recipe for you filled with many superfoods. Also, it is not difficult to make.
Join one of the many vegan courses at Real Food for Life. Experience eating lots of vegetables and fruits for two days a week for a month. It will help you integrate plant foods into your diet.