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Cancer Fighting Foods - Breast

Nutrient #1: Resveratrol

Protective Benefits: Found to prevent the silencing of BRCA-1 gene, which repairs damaged DNA in breast cancer cells

Foods with high amounts of Resveratrol: Grapes, acai, goji, peanuts with skins, pistachio nuts, cranberries, bilberries, blueberries Nutrient

#2: Isoflavones (Genistein in particular)

Protective Benefits: Soy isoflavones have shown protective effects against Breast cancer by functioning as phytoestrogens

Foods with high amounts of Isoflavones: Soybeans, tofu, dwenjang (fermented soybean paste), edamame, chickpeas, peanuts, tempeh, soy milk Nutrient

#3: Fiber

Protective Benefits: Consumption of high-fiber, low-fat diet combined with exercise has been shown to increase serum sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) levels, lower insulin levels, and lower blood cholesterol levels

Foods with high amounts of Fiber: Corn bran, cinnamon, piñon nuts, oregano, wheat bran rosemary, coriander, basil, marjoram, sage, carob flour, fennel seed, caraway seed, chia seeds, paprika, thyme, chill powder, cloves, curry powder, parsley, lentils

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#4: Wheat Bran

Protective Benefits: Diet supplementation has been shown to lower serum estrogen levels

Foods with high amounts of Wheat Bran: Wheat bran Nutrient

#5: Lycopene

Protective Benefits: Supplementation has been shown to induce breast cancer cell apoptosis while influencing cell cycle and DNA repair activity

Foods with high amounts of Lycopene: Tomato, guava, watermelon, grapefruit, persimmon Nutrient

#6: Diindolylmethane (found in brassica vegetables)

Protective Benefits: Helps to increase BRCA-1 activity by protecting against oxidative stress

Foods with high amounts of Diindolylmethane: Broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, boo choy, cauliflower, collard greens, turnip, mustard greens, arugula, daikon radish, horseradish, wasabi, watercress Nutrient

#7: Curcumin

Protective Benefits: Has been shown to inhibit proliferation and transcription activity of breast cancer cells

Foods with high amounts of Curcumin: Turmeric (main ingredient of curry) Nutrient

#8: Piperine

Protective Benefits: Shown to enhance the anti-cancer effects of cur cumin in breast cancer cells

Foods with high amounts of Piperine: Black pepper Nutrient

#9: Quercetin

Protective Benefits: Shown to increase tumor radio sensitivity of breasts cancer cells in vitro and in vivo

Foods with high amounts of Quercetin: Apples, red grapes, blueberries, blackberries, cherris, onions, scallions, broccoli, kale, green tea, red wine, licorice root, scutellaria root, St. John’s wort, gingko biloba Nutrient

#10: Pomegranate Fruit

Protective Benefits: Shown to impair invasion and motility in breast cancer cells

Foods with high amounts of Pomegranate Fruit: Pomegranate fruit Nutrient

#11: Reishi Mushrooms

Protective Benefits: Shown to inhibit cancer cell invasion and gene expression to protect against inflammatory breast cancer, which is the deadliest of breast cancers

Foods with high amounts of Reishi Mushrooms: Reishi mushrooms Nutrient

#12: Selenium

Protective Benefits: Supplementation has been shown to normalize increased rates of chromosome breakage in defective BRCA-1 carriers

Foods with high amounts of Selenium: Semolina, wheat bran, wheat germ, kamut, barley, brazilnuts, yellow mustard seed, amaranth, shellfish, beef, shiitake mushrooms Nutrient

#13: Epigallocatechin Gallate

Protective Benefits: Shown to protect against breast cancer by inhibiting cancer cell invasion, promotion, and proliferation

Foods with high amounts of Epigallocatechin Gallate: Green tea