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 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.
- 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 being 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 three times the recommended dietary intake of beta-carotene.
Visit beta-carotene for more information about types of vegetables and quantities.
We created cancer?!
It has been suggested by scientists that cancer is something we created in the past century.
They studied the remains and literature from early centuries and found the first histological diagnosis of cancer in an Egyptian mummy. They investigated hundreds of Egyptian mummies and only found one case of cancer. 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 are living 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 increasing 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 factor, has a similar blocking effect because it slows the proper flow of the 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 couple of recipes to get you going.
Carrots with Orange This recipes has LOTS of orange foods in a surprising but delightful combination.
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!
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.