6 Foods to Help Prevent Breast Cancer

Written by Dr. Veena Madhankumar and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team

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According to a prediction by the World Health Organization(WHO) by the year 2020, the total number of breast cancer cases will jump to an alarming figure. It is anticipated that one out of every eight women will develop the risk of breast cancer, at least once in their lifetime.

Following a healthy diet can be one of the important measures in preventing breast cancer. Here is a list of cancer-fighting foods that can help you reduce the risk.

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1.Flaxseed

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Flaxseeds are available as flax oil, whole seeds and even in the ground form. Flaxseeds have a lot of omega-3, fiber and lignans. They help you in creating a protective barrier against specific cells which can cause breast cancer. Flaxseeds can be added to smoothies and yogurt as well. This can give you a nutty flavor on the whole. Flaxseeds can become a very good salad dressing. They can also be used while preparing baked foods like muffins and cookies.

2.Brazil nuts

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These nuts are rich in a unique blend of fiber, phytochemicals and selenium. These nuts help in reducing inflammation, prevent the growth of tumor and strengthens your immune system. All these benefits can be acquired by consuming a hand full of these nuts. These nuts can be consumed along with asparagus and fruits as well.

3.Pomegranate

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Pomegranates are highly recommended cancer-fighting food. Pomegranates are rich in polyphenol. Polyphenol is rich in ellagic acid and has a lot of antioxidant properties. These come in very handy for cancer prevention. Pomegranates are both very tasty and very healthy.

4.Turmeric

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Turmeric is rich in curcumin. This is an essential cancer-fighting compound. It has shown the ability to inhibit several types of cancer cells including lung, skin, gastrointestinal and breast cancer. Adding a pinch of turmeric to your food while cooking can do the trick.

5.Dark-green leafy vegetables

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Swiss chard, collards of spinach and kale are prominent green leafy vegetables that can be considered a powerhouse of nutrients that have everything the body requires to keep cancer at bay. They have a rich composition of chlorophyll, vitamin B, phytochemicals and a lot more. It is high time we start pushing the greens away from our plate.

6.Salmon

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Being a prominent source of vitamin B12, Vitamin D and omega-3s, salmon supplies your body with all the nutrients required for preventing cancer and regulating cell growth. Specific types of Vitamin B12 (methylcobalamin) have been proven to be effective in treating cancer, as well. This fish can be grilled, sauteed or even steamed. Salmons go well with turmeric, dark- green leafy vegetables, broccoli and pepper.

The food you eat is only a very small part of the bigger picture. If you are concerned that you are facing cancer risk, please consult a doctor immediately. Cancer can be a result of lifestyle choices and genetic factors as well. Food can only be a part of preventive action and cannot be a cure.

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