Cut Your Risk of Deadly Breast Cancer

16 May

Certain foods may help cut your risk of a deadly form of breast cancer by as much as 50%.  A diet rich in carotenoids–nutrients found in red-orange fruits and vegetables such as carrots, cantaloupe, and tomatoes–is associated with a lower risk of breast cancer, especially an aggressive form affecting about 58,000 women every year, says a new study from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.
“Women with the highest blood levels of carotenoids had a 15 to 20% lower risk of developing all types of breast cancer and a 40 to 50% lower risk of developing estrogen-receptor negative {ER-1 breast cancer.” says Heather Eliassen,ScD, lead study author. {ER-breast cancer tumors are fast growing and don’t respond to the hormone therapy that is so successful in estrogen-receptor positive tumors.
“Some carotenoids are precursors to vitamin A, which helps regulate cell growth and death,” says Dr. Eliassen. “They’re also antioxidants, which help eliminate cancer-promoting free radicals.” Because blood levels of carotenoids are very responsive to diet changes, a good tip is to fill up half your plate with colorful fruits and vegetables at each meal.
Source: Prevention magazine April 2013

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