Six Foods That May Affect Breast Cancer

Six Foods That May Affect Breast Cancer

Mackenzie Thompson

by Mackenzie Thompson

Life Saver, AMC

posted on May 4, 2014, at 9:50 pm


UNFORTUNATELY, 1 out of 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in her life. Although there are contributing factors that are beyond anyone’s control, – such as heredity and pure chance – there are many factors that may lower the risk of breast cancer that lies within the everyday lifestyle regular exercise, healthy body weight, not smoking and one’s diet.

Research has shown that certain foods may affect the risk of breast cancer, both positively and negatively. According to different studies, the following 6 foods have shown to affect certain types of breast cancer for many individuals.

High-fat dairy contains estrogen that may fuel cancers that are hormone related, such as breast and prostate cancer. One study showed that women who consumed more than one daily serving of high-fat dairy products were about 50% more likely to die of breast cancer than other patients.

Green tea is shown to help cancer patients by limiting tumor growth, assisting in slowing the progression of the disease, and also prevent proteins that aid in the growth of tumor cells.

Folate and folic acid are forms of a B vitamin and might be protective against estrogen-receptor-negative types of breast cancer. According to a study involving postmenopausal women, those who had a higher folate intake (primarily through supplements) were 22% less likely to have breast cancer.

Soy may decrease the risk of not only having breast cancer, but also the recurrence of it because it contains isoflavones, a type of plant estrogen. Many studies have shown that those who consumed more soy isoflavones had lower rates of cancer recurrence.

Fish oil contains omega-3 fatty acids, of which researchers have found various results concerning the health benefits. In one study, it was found that women who had the highest intakes of fish-type omega-3 fatty acid were 14% less likely to develop breast cancer.

Sunflower and pumpkin seeds contain high levels of estrogen-like compounds and
has shown to reduce the risk of breast cancer after menopause.

To read the full article and also read more about the studies, visit Live Science

About Mackenzie

Mackenzie is a lover of world travel, photography, design, style and Chinese cooking. She is passionate about working towards a purpose, recently graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Media and Marketing, and is currently residing in Manhattan.

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