Foods That Fight Breast Cancer

What are the best anti-breast cancer foods?

Posted: 10/11/2011 04:45 PM EDT

What are the best anti-breast cancer foods? While nothing is 100% guaranteed to prevent cancer (yet), doctors and nutrition experts agree that certain foods do work harder to protect the body.

To Start...

Change just one component of your diet at a time; focus first on what seems easiest to you. Don't ever forget that every little change is potentially helpful, and any change is better than none!

Why Do Experts Like Selenium?

The latest research shows that organic forms of selenium, a trace mineral in plants and grain-fed animal protein, may guard against breast cancer by normalizing the body's circadian rhythms (the internal clock that regulates how many estrogen receptors -- often linked to the disease -- your cells produce). Get your beneficial daily dose, 55 micrograms, with the selenium-rich foods here and double down on their other health perks.

Tuna & Salmon
3 ounces light, canned in oil: 65 micrograms selenium
Also contains:
B6: helps the immune system
Niacin: lowers cholesterol

Beef
4 ounces, cooked: 43 micrograms selenium
Also contains:
Iron: fights fatigue
Protein: builds muscle

Portobello Mushrooms
1 cup, grilled and sliced: 27 micrograms selenium
Also contains:
Potassium: regulates heart function

Low-Fat 2% Cottage Cheese
1/2 cup: 11 micrograms selenium
Also contains:
Calcium: strengthens bones

In addition to the above cancer-fighters containing selenium, your daily diet should also include:

3 to 6 Servings of Whole Grain Foods: Throw away the white rice and use a variety of whole grains such as brown rice, bulgur, and wheatberries, whole grain bagels, breads, cereals, crackers, tortillas, and pasta. This maximizes fiber intake of fiber, which may fight breast cancer by lowering levels of estrogen in the body.


For more on foods that help fight breast cancer, visit BlackDoctor.org and for more on BET's breast cancer awareness campaign, visit BET Goes Pink.

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