Cancer is one of the most serious diseases that a person can have.  It affects both the body and the mind.  The disease normally occurs in women but men can get breast cancer as well. Research shows that healthy eating habits can not only help you lose weight but can also help fight breast cancer.

The symptoms of breast cancer are not obvious in the early stages but any changes in the breasts should be monitored.  This is especially important if there are lumps, swelling under the arm, changes in the appearance of your nipple or unusual nipple discharge.

 

 

Women are encouraged to make sure that they are aware of the symptoms of breast cancer and know how to assist in combating the disease.

Herewith a round-up of foods that added to your diet can decrease your chances of getting breast cancer;

  • Fruits & vegetables: Fruits and vegetables contain antioxidant and anti-estrogen properties which are good for fighting breast cancer.  The following fruits and veggies are the best for preventing breast cancer:  broccoli, eggplant, apples, peppers, carrots, citrus fruit and dark green leafy vegetables.  Eating cruciferous veggies is also beneficial – these include kale, cauliflower, cabbage, and brussel sprouts.

 

  • Protein: For a good intake of protein, include fish, legumes such as beans and lentils as well as soy in your diet.  Make sure that you minimise your intake of smoked and pickled foods.  Eating fish that is high in omeg-3 fatty acids has been linked to a reduction the risks of breast cancer.  Soy has been identified as a healthy food source which is rich in healthy fat, vitamins and minerals as well as protein.  Soy can be found in tofu, soy milk and soy nuts.

 

  • Whole Grains: Whole grains contain antioxidants which can help prevent many diseases – including breast cancer.  These are unprocessed foods that are high in fiber, phytochemicals, as well as minerals and vitamins.  Research shows that a high intake of whole grains may have a positive effect by altering hormonal actions of breast cancer as well as other actions of breast cancer as well as other hormone – dependent cancers.

 

  • Nutritious fat: Limit your intake of saturated fats and increase your intake of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats.  Sources of these healthy fats include: seeds, nuts, avocados and olive oil.  Omega-3 fatty acids which are found in fish such as herring and salmon have also been linked to a reduced risk of breast cancer.