5 Favorite Breast-Friendly Foods
For Breast Health Month, Dr. Stefanski shares 5 of her favorite breast-friendly foods to include in your diet on a regular basis. Enjoy!
Brassica family vegetables like kale, broccoli, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts are exceptional sources of anti-cancer compounds and help your body eliminate excess estrogens that can contribute to cancer growth. Dr. Stefanski recommends eating these foods daily. Lightly steam, roast or include in soups. rganic is best!
Organic blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries are rich in antioxidants that have been shown to prevent inflammation and the cell damage that can lead to cancer. Adding a ¼ cup to ½ cup of organic berries to your smoothie, cereal or as a side dish is a delicious way to support your body!
Sweet potatoes, butternut squash, and carrots are good sources of the precursors of Vitamin A called carotenoids. One recent study in Europe showed that higher concentrations of plasma β-carotene and α-carotene are associated with lower breast cancer risk of ER- tumors. Roasted or in soups these fall favorites are a great way to pack in health promoting nutrients!
Flaxseeds are rich in fiber and compounds that act against the excess estrogen that can feed cancer growth. Dr. Stefanski recommends adding 2 TBSP of organic golden ground flaxseed to your daily diet. Try them in smoothies, yogurt, on oatmeal or a salad. Keep flaxseed in the refrigerator or freezer as the tend to go rancid quickly.
Wild Alaskan/Pacific salmon is one of the best sources of essential fatty acids that keeps inflammation at bay. Inflammation is a risk factor for cancer. Can't get 3 servings per week? Add a high quality fish oil supplement. Dr. Stefanski can help guide you to the best and tested brands of fish oil with a dose that is safe and helpful for you!