Breast Cancer Fighting Foods...

July 17, 2017

 

October is the month of breast cancer awareness.  Breast cancer unfortunately has affected many in my family, so this is an issue that hits very close to home for me.  I recently lost my incredible mother, Scotty to cancer in April of 2015.  My mother-in-law, Renee who passed almost 3 years ago, was a breast cancer survivor. I am always tuned in to ways that we as women can naturally help prevent or lower our risk of developing breast cancer.  I have a 3 beautiful daughters, 4 sisters, 4 sister in-laws, and too many to count nieces, girlfriends and fabulous clients.  I don’t want to see any 1 of these women battle this health challenge in their life.  Unfortunately, we all know at least 1 person who currently has breast cancer.

 

Growing evidence shows that foods, especially plant-based food, can play a role in the war against breast cancer. They may help fight cancer due to the large amount of phytonutrients they contain.

 

Berries – While all berries contain cancer-fighting phytonutrients, black raspberries, in particular, contain a very high concentration of anthocyanins. These phytochemicals slow down the growth of premalignant cells and keep new blood vessels from forming and potentially feeding a cancerous tumor.

 

Pomegranates – Early research into the pomegranate’s role in combating cancer suggests that the fruit contains a compound, ellagic acid, that might help contest cancer’s growth (estrogen-dependent cancers in particular).

 

Spinach – In addition to being one of the healthiest foods on the planet, spinach is also a cancer-fighting food. Like berries, spinach contain large amounts of phytonutrients. Studies show that the more spinach eaten on a regular basis, the lower the chance of getting cancer across the board.

 

Spa Smoothie
This breast cancer-inspired smoothie is the perfect treat for clients as they wait for a treatment or as they are on their way out of the spa. This smoothie is made from breast cancer-fighting foods and is pink!

 

Ingredients:

  • 1½ cups pure pomegranate juice

  • 1¼ cups blueberries

  • ¾ cup plain yogurt (or your favorite kind of yogurt)

  • 1½ tablespoons honey

  • 1 cup ice

  • ½ cup spinach (optional)

Directions:
Put the pomegranate juice, blueberries, yogurt, honey, ice, and  spinach in a blender. Turn the blender on high and fuse until smooth. Serve and enjoy!

 

References:

Vann, M. (2012, December 12). 12 Foods for Breast Cancer Prevention.
Kadey, M. (n.d.). 10 foods that fight breast cancer.
Bembu. (2013). 37 Cancer Fighting Foods & Drinks.

 

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