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Dear ladies, nosh on these 5 foods to prevent breast cancer

Published on:16 October 2020, 10:53am IST
Breast cancer is increasingly becoming common, which is why it is important to prevent it before it attacks your body. Learn about 5 foods that can protect you from this illness.
Geetika Sachdev
Reduce your risk of breast cancer with these foods. Image courtesy: Unsplash
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We’ve all heard how a healthy diet can strengthen our immune system, and go a long way in keeping all kinds of illnesses at bay—even breast cancer. This cancer that primarily affects women can be prevented if you consume a balanced diet, and pack in some exercise. And it’s not just us saying it! 

A study published in the American Society of Clinical Oncology 2015 Education Book that suggests eating and exercise habits can prevent 25-30% cases of breast cancer. That’s largely because obesity and a sedentary lifestyle is linked to several lifestyle diseases. 

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And now that we speak of a healthy diet, there are several foods that are believed to be great for breast health. So let’s not waste any idea and get to know all about them! 

1. Turmeric

If you belong to an Indian household, you know how much we love our turmeric or haldi! It not just adds colour and flavour to the food, but is also highly beneficial for your health. That’s because it contains curcumin, a bright yellow chemical that is claimed to help fight breast cancer tumours, thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties.

So, add a pinch of turmeric in everything from curries to your coffee!

2. Broccoli

This cruciferous veggie is one of the most popular breast cancer prevention foods, and research has gone to show that it blocks tumour growth! Broccoli is rich in vitamins and minerals such as folate and vitamin K, and also contain phytonutrients that are believed to lower inflammation and reduce the risk of getting cancer.

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Broccoli everyday could keep breast cancer at bay! Image Courtesy: GIPHY
3. Apples

They don’t say an apple a day keeps the doctor away for nothing! But make sure you have the fruit with its peel, because that’s where all the nutrition lies. Apples are a great source of antioxidants, fibre, and other compounds that are known to protect against breast cancer.

So ladies, make sure you chomp on several apple slices during the day. It will do you a whole lot of good!

4. Pomegranates

The next time you go fruit shopping, don’t forget to add pomegranates to your cart! A study published in the journal Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity in 2015 suggests that the fruit contains a compound that can help to prevent the growth of oestrogen-dependent cancers.

You could enjoy the fruit as it is, or just juice it up—the choice is all yours! Apart from breast cancer, they are also known to protect your heart and fight prostate cancer.

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Incorporate this superfood in your diet to stay away from breast cancer. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
5. Fish

If you’re a fish lover, then this is great news for you! Varieties like salmon, mackerel, sardines, and tuna are all rich in omega 3—making it the perfect food for good breast health. Stock up on this lean protein, but steer clear of red meat or even processed meats like bacon.

So, all set to venture out for grocery shopping? After all, you can eat your way to good breast health!

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Geetika Sachdev Geetika Sachdev

An independent writer and journalist, Geetika loves sharp and fresh humour, just like her coffee! If not writing, you'll find her cafe-hopping and raiding the best book stores in town.