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Published On: Sun, Sep 22nd, 2013

Breast Cancer- Best Foods for the Fight!


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breastcancerdietBreast Cancer

Best Foods for the Fight!

by Gayle Pruitt, C.N.

It’s October again, Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is the time of the year that you’re asked to donate to breast cancer foundations. But, I’m not going to ask you for money. I want to talk to you about food, good food, and healing food.

I’m a nutritionist and I’m asked on a daily basis, “what can I eat ? Nutritionists tell us to stay away from gluten, corn, potatoes, and sugar, so that doesn’t leave a lot for me to eat?”

Well I say, “Au contraire!”

Why not have some wild grilled salmon with lightly sautéed Brussels Sprouts in butter and a sprinkle of chopped walnuts, a large green herb salad with a watermelon vinaigrette using organic apple cider vinegar and macadamia nut oil…orWhat about braised leeks and celery topped off with fresh chopped parsley?…orA Green Tea gelatin, sweetened with pure stevia? I could go on, but let’s look at just the few foods I mentioned.

Salmon is high in Omega-3 fatty acids. Salmon is also high in protein, but that pretty pink color is a carotenoid called astaxanthin, a chemical found naturally in certain plants and animals. Astaxanthin is what gives salmon and lobsters their reddish color and gives Flamingo feathers their pretty pink color. Astaxanthin is also a very powerful antioxidant. It fights against conditions/diseases like aging, heart disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, and cancer. Astaxanthin can also reduce inflammation…and inflammation can increase your risk of cancer. (Laboratory research has found that an extract from algae that makes astaxanthin slowed the growth of breast and skin cancers.)

What can we say about Brussels Sprouts? Sulforaphane is the substance in Brussels Sprouts that helps the liver to make the enzymes that detoxify certain cancer-causing chemical agents in the body. In animal studies, sulforaphane has been shown to slow down, and even stop, the growth of breast cancer cells even in the late stages of growth. Brussels sprouts may also provide DNA protection. A recent study has shown improved stability of DNA inside of our white blood cells.

Walnuts: Walnuts contain alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and phytosterols. In a study from the Marshall University School of Medicine, researchers found that after 34 days of feeding walnuts to mice, the growth rate of tumors in the walnut eaters were half that of the mice who ate no walnuts.

That big herb salad we were talking aboutaccording to Michael T. Simonich of the Linus Pauling Institute, chlorophyll, a pigment found in dark green plants, actually helps fight cancer cell growth and acts as an antioxidant in the body.

Foods rich in lycopene have been associated with lower cancer rates, and watermelon, in particular, has been linked to a decreased risk of prostate and breast cancers.

Apple cider vinegar works to alkalize and restore the pH balance in the blood making it difficult for tumors to grow.

Macadamia nuts and oils,a great source of phytonutrients and phytochemicals, help remove free radicals that oxidize and damage healthy cells. Their antioxidant properties aid to reduce certain risks of some cancers, such as breast, cervical, and prostate cancer. A regular intake of macadamia nuts and fats may also serve to slow down the aging process.

Leeks, chives, scallions, shallots onions, and garlic have been shown to have antimicrobial, radioprotective, anti-inflammatory, and hypoglycemic effects, and have immune-protective function as well. Allium vegetables, including Apigenin, contain various substances which are reported to have anti-cancer effects.

A study led by researchers at The Ohio State University’s Comprehensive Cancer Center, found apigenin allowed the breast cancer cells to die. The highest amounts of apigenin are found in Celery and Parsley.

Green tea:A study led by Dr. Barbara Fuhrman at the NIH’s National Cancer Institute, found that postmenopausal women who drank green tea daily had 20% less urinary estrone and 40% less urinary estradiol levels when compared to those levels of women who drank green tea less than once per week. This allowed the researchers to determine that these urinary estrogen differences were related to their estrogen metabolism and possibly to the future risk of breast cancer.

Stevia: Pure Stevia, studied both in vitro and in animal studies, suggests it may have antitumor and anti-inflammatory properties. Stevia was also shown to be effective in lowering hypertension and hyperglycemia.

Gelatin, which is high in both glycine and proline, fights stress as well as tumors. Glycine itself, has a wide range of antitumor actions, including the inhibition of new blood vessel formation to tumors (angiogenesis), and it has shown protective activity in liver cancer and melanoma. Gelatin is also very high in collegen, fights wrinkles and helps us lose weight. I’ll go for that!!

Okay, I didn’t mention turmeric, ginger, rosemary, oregano, or cumin. All of these herbs have cancer fighting properties. I didn’t even get to all the other vegetables, fruits, oils, and fermented foods that give a big boost to your health.

What you don’t need is the sugar, the flour, nor the charred barbeque meats. Organic produce and grass, as well as pastured–fed meat and eggs taste ever so much better than the pesticide-laden produce, or the antibiotic and hormone loaded meats that are factory farmed. Get the pesticides, hormones, and antibiotics out of your life forever!!!!

Eat and enjoy only the foods that increase and enhance your immune system, your energy, and your life.

So…go gourmet organic this October and stop Breast Cancer!

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