Eat Your Medicine


Many foods contain natural anticarcinogens that reduce the overall risk of developing cancer. If possible, choose certified organic produce, which is less likely to contain dangerous chemicals and hormones.

Our friends at Environmental Working Group (EWG) have developed a great resource for avoiding pesticides on produce. Their 2012 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™ contains the Dirty Dozen™--those fruits and vegetables with the most pesticide residues, and the Clean 15™--those with the least. Go organic when shopping for produce in the Dirty Dozen.™

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Cruciferous Vegetables

These include broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, bok choy, kale, and Brussels sprouts. These veggies contain compounds that slow bad estrogen from causing breast cells to grow and divide, and another that helps detoxify estrogen.

Flaxseeds

These are super high in omega-3 fatty acids and plant lignans. Some have called flaxseeds the most powerful food you can eat to fight breast cancer.

Turmeric

Popular in Indian cuisine, turmeric is an anti-inflammatory that’s 300 times more potent than vitamins E or C, and may significantly cut your risk of breast cancer. It also stimulates liver enzymes, helping to clear the body of bad estrogen toxins.

Fiber

Women who eat high-fiber diets have a 54 percent lower risk of breast cancer. Insoluble fiber binds to estrogen in the colon and eliminates it from the body.

Green Tea

The Chinese have been reaping the medicinal benefits of green tea for more than 4,000 years. Green tea inhibits the growth of cancers and decreases the body’s estrogen production.

Soy

An adequate amount of soy in your diet can reduce your chances of breast cancer by 30 to 50 percent. Soy contains a plant estrogen proven to slow tumor growth, prevent metastasis, and shut off blood flow to growing tumors.

Mushrooms

For centuries, the Japanese have been celebrating the medicinal magic of maitake mushrooms. Research shows they can slow, or even shrink, existing cancerous tumors and boost the immune system (especially beneficial to those undergoing chemotherapy). Other cancer-fighting mushrooms: reishi or shiitake.

Seaweeds

Wakame and mekabu seaweeds may help kill cancer cells in much the same way man-made chemotherapeutic drugs do. They are rich in iodine, which is toxic to breast cancer cells.

Garlic

Garlic contains sulfur compounds that may stimulate the immune system’s natural defenses against cancer, and may have the potential to reduce tumor growth.

Red Fruits and Vegetables

Tomatoes, watermelon, beets, red peppers, red grapes, and cherries contain Lycopene, which may reduce the risk of cancers.

Orange/Yellow Fruits and Vegetables

Pumpkin, sweet potatoes, carrots, and butternut squash contain Carotenoids, which may reduce the risk of cancers.

Blueberries

Blueberries rank number one in terms of their antioxidant power. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals, which are unstable compounds that can damage cells and lead to cancer.

Kiwifruit

Kiwi is a little hand grenade of cancer-fighting antioxidants, including vitamin C, vitamin E, lutein, and copper.

Grapes

They’re a great source of resveratrol, a cancer-fighting compound.

Fresh over Smoked

Choose cucumbers over pickles, fresh salmon over lox. Studies have found that smoked and pickled foods contain various carcinogens.

Sauerkraut

Serve it at your next picnic! A Finnish study found that the fermentation process involved in making sauerkraut produces several other cancer-fighting compounds. Rinse canned or jarred sauerkraut before eating to reduce the sodium content.

Proteins

You gotta choose the right ones…before meat, go for tofu, beans and nuts. Black beans, almonds, and walnuts are great protein options.