Nutrition & Breast Health

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Most women share a common fear…developing breast cancer.  Breast cancer is the leading cancer in women.

  • Every three minutes a woman in the United States is diagnosed with breast cancer. (American Cancer Society, Detailed Guide: Breast Cancer, 2006)
  • Breast cancer is the leading cancer among Caucasian and African American women. (National Cancer Institute, Cancer Incidence in the U.S.)
  • Breast cancer incidence in women has increased from one in 20 in 1960 to one in eight today. (National Breast Cancer Foundation, Signs and Symptoms, 2006 and American Cancer Society, Overview: Breast Cancer, 2006.)

The American Cancer Society and National Cancer Institute estimates that roughly one-third of all cancer deaths are related to diet and activity. But diet alone is unlikely to be the “cause” or “cure” of cancer. Although more research needs to be done on diet and breast cancer, findings suggest that physical activity, a healthy diet (particularly one low in fat and high in vegetables and fiber), and a healthy weight can help reduce the risk of breast cancer or the cancer returning.

Diet and Cancer

What you eat can hurt you, but it can also help you. Many vegetables and oils not commonly eaten contain important phytochemicals from the antioxidants that neutralize the damage cause by free radicals to the powerful phytochemicals that scientists are just beginning to explore. There isn’t a single element in a particular food that does all the work: The best thing to do is eat a variety of whole foods. It is true that you can get many of the nutrients you need from the food you eat; however, most people do not eat enough of these unique whole foods.

Foods to Consider

Recent research reveals that the healthful compounds in different foods work together to provide health benefits. The benefits of any single food must be evaluated as part of your whole diet. Further ahead in this blog you can read about the compounds in some commonly not eaten but necessary foods and oils that are good for your health.

Black Currant Seed OilThis wonderful oil is a natural source of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). GLA is one of two essential fatty acids that are necessary for maintaining normal functioning and growth of cells, nerves, muscles and organs. In 2005 a study from Northwestern University and later published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found; “Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), in various plant oils used in herbal medicine, inhibited the action of Her-2/neu, a cancer gene that is responsible for almost 30 percent of all breast cancers, Northwestern University researchers reported.”  We have Black Current Seed Oil, 60 perles for $16.50 not including discounts.

Cruciferous Vegetables such as Kale and Brussels sprouts-Eat wisely because comprehensive scientific evidence supports phytochemicals such as indole-3 carbinol (I3C) which is naturally found in cruciferous foods such as kale and Brussels sprouts. This particular group of vegetables is an excellent source of distinctive phytochemicals known as glucosinolates. Once inside the body, glucosinolates are changed into compounds such as indole-3-carbinol (I3C) and isothiocyanates (including sulforaphane). These phytochemical compounds have been shown to protect against colon, breast, prostate, thyroid, cervical, and other cancers. Additionally, recent studies, such as one from the British Journal of Cancer, reveal that certain naturally occurring phytochemicals found in cruciferous vegetables target specific breast cancer genes.  We have Cruciferous Complete, 90 capsules for $27.00, not including discounts.

Breast Cancer and Omega-3 Fats-Scientific data implicate omega-3 fatty acids, such as those found in oily fish, as inhibitors of development and progression of a range of human cancers. The ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats in diet as equally as important. One should not consume too much omega-6 fats in relation to omega-3 fats. The typical American diet contains up to 20 times as much omega-6 fats and little or no omega-3 fats. The typical American diet contains up to 20 times as much omega-6 fats as it does omega-3 fats; the optimum ratio for health is 1:1. The beneficial omega-3 fats won’t work well in protecting you from cancer if the diet contains too much omega-6 fats and little or no omega-3 fats. Omega-3 fats are found in oily fish, like tuna, sardines, salmon, trout, and mackerel, as well as in flax-seeds and walnuts. To limit your intake of omega-6 fats, you can use olive oil for cooking and avoid processed foods, such as, margarine. Research has found that women with the highest omega-3 fats in breast fatty tissue were less apt to have breast cancer than women with the least omega-3 fats. We have cod Liver Oil, 180 perles for $42.50, not including discounts.

Fiber-Research has shown that a high fiber diet works to reduce hormone levels that may be involved in the progression of breast cancer, and that fiber increases the amount of estrogen removed from the body.  We have Gastro Fiber, 150 capsules for $20, not including discounts.

Healthy Weight Reduces Risk of First-time Breast Cancer and Recurrence-Maintaining a healthy weight may help reduce the risk of breast cancer coming back. In a 2005 and a 2006 study, researchers found that women who were overweight had an increased risk of breast cancer. If you are overweight and would like more information about achieving a healthy weight loss, call us, we have several weight loss and detoxification programs to share with you.

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About Christine

Christine works with people who are tired of not feeling their best, who are ready for a change and want to achieve optimal health. Christine uses the unique combination of being a psychotherapist and a nutritionist to bring health and wellness into her clients' lives holistically. She utilizes the principles of The Vital Health Formula™, modern assessment techniques, and the latest research from science, spirituality and psychology to create breakthrough systems that result in her clients' success.

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