Here are six ways to lower our risk of breast cancer, and experts say these habits will keep our breasts healthy for life:
1. Avoid nutrient shortfalls by eating good fats. Plant-based fats
(olive oil, flax-seed oil) and avocados, nuts, and seeds are powerful cancer fighters. Bad trans fat double the risk of breast cancer.
2. Cut back on cocktails to cut hormone spikes. Women who have two servings of alcohol daily are 30% more likely to develop breast cancer compared to teetotalers. Women who drink more than two servings of alcohol daily hike their risk by 51%. Alcohol boosts the production of breast-irritating estrogen. But one glass of wine per day is fine.
3. Eat lots of breast-friendly greens such as spinach, lettuce, kale, broccoli, and green peppers. Natural health researcher Thom Lobe MD, director of Beneveda Medical Group in Beverly Hills, states that women who ate one cup of dark greens daily were up to 40% less likely to develop breast cancer in a recent study.
4. Turn up protection by speeding up stairs. Physical activity reduces levels of cell-damaging estrogen. Stair climbing works against gravity and is a vigorous activity.
5. Get inside-out protection with supplements. Harvard studies suggest that taking two particular nutrients dailyy can slash breast-cancer risk by 33%, and can slash invasive type breast cancer, the kind that spreads rapidly by up to 69%. Calcium and Vitamin D work together inside breast tissue to prevent abnormal cell changes.
6. Activate tomor-stoppers with walnuts. 2 ounces of walnuts cuts the risk of breast cancer in half by slowing the growth of abnormal cells, preliminary animal research shows. Walnuts are rich in antioxidants and a unique fat called alpha-linoenic acid that helps block tumors according to a UCLA report.
hed in June 2006