October is known as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Along with awareness, it is important to also focus on prevention.
The breast tissue is made up of fat, connective tissue, and tubes that respond to different hormones produced in the body.
Some women notice that their breasts swell before their period or that they may be more sensitive throughout the month which is often a direct result of these hormones.
When someone is diagnosed with breast cancer, it may or may not be hormone receptor positive, meaning the cancer may or may not respond to hormone blocking medications.
However there are some natural ingredients that may prove beneficial overall for the tissue.
First, eat more broccoli, particularly broccoli sprouts. Research shows that a constituent in there called sulforaphane helps the liver excrete excess estrogen and may have an impact on cancer cells. It may also improve survival in breast cancer patients.
Broccoli sprouts are easily mixed into salads, coleslaw, a stir fry, the morning smoothie and more. Add them into your diet daily for better health.
Second, drink more green tea or consider green tea capsules full of the active ingredient EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate). Green tea is a powerful antioxidant and in some studies, has been shown to be protective against breast cancer.
Unfortunately, the jury is still out when it comes to human trials. However having a cup, two or three of green tea per day (even decaffeinated) is not going to hurt and may end up being protective.
Supplements typically start at 500mg and can be bought as decaffeinated.
Third, add the spice turmeric to your foods and consider taking it as a supplement in the form of curcumin. Make sure to buy organic.
Even in 2002, curcumin was recognized as a powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and potential anti-cancer ingredient.
The spice is not generally considered potent enough in its regular use however it is a start towards prevention. Supplements typically start at 500mg but purity is important.
Fourth, get vitamin D testing as adequate levels are important.