Saturday, June 6, 2009

Cancer-Fighters in Your Kitchen

Stock your cupboards and fridge with tasty cancer fighters. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables and low in fat is the recipe for breast health, according to numerous studies:

• Whole grain breads and cereals fortified with B vitamins, especially folate. Folate is important in fighting hormone-negative breast cancer.

• Cruciferous vegetables: broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale. These are high in Indole-3-Carbonale (I3C) that has been shown to have anti-cancer properties.

• Fruits and vegetables, especially brightly colored. Red and purple plants—red cherries, blueberries, acai—are high in anthocyanins, which are potent antioxidants.

•  Green tea, which contains plant chemicals called catechins, a plant chemical that may inhibit the invading capacity of breast cancer cells.

•  Flaxseeds, which contain cancer-fighting lignans.

• Organic foods when possible, especially dairy products. Organic food is grown or produced without the use of pesticides, fertilizers, antibiotics or growth hormones, all of which are implicated in breast cancer.

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