About 1 in every 8 women, will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Let me repeat that, 1 in 8! Since October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we thought we would showcase some delicious superfoods to add to your diet. What do you say, shall we find out what they are?
A handful is more than enough! These omega-3 rich nuts have the potential to decrease or delay the growth of cancerous tumors by half, as well as help protect against diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Quite impressive for something so small!
Eat it: Fall Fruit Crisp via Rodale.
In addition to giving you a little burst of energy, high coffee consumption in postmenopausal women may lead to modest reductions in certain types (hormone-receptor-negative) of breast cancer. That said, brewing method, bean type, and caffeine content all play a role in coffee's cancer risk altering potential.
Eat it: Soy Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer via Reckless Abandon Cook.
The extract of plums serves as a the major weapon for this superfruit, zapping cancerous cells and leaving normal ones unharmed. The plum's cancer fighting power lies in its phenolic compounds, naturally occurring in the fruit.
Eat it: Yellow Plums Salad via Cooking Light.
Olive oilis not only rich in risk reducing antioxidants, but contains more monounsaturated fats than other oils. The benefit of these monounsaturated fats is don't oxidize, thus producing fewer harmful chemicals that would increase breast cancer risk.
Eat it: Garlic Stuffed Olive and Tomato Bruschetta via She Knows.
Both the fruit and its skin are valuable here--offering up flavonoids that decrease breast cancer cell proliferation and increase disintegration. Flavonoids are also thought to play a role in the body's antioxidant defense system, protecting against harmful free radicals.
Eat it: Fish Tacos with Mandarin Orange Salsa via Gimme Some Oven.
Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables contain glucosinolates, compounds that when metabolized have potentially chemoprotective effects and detoxify the body of carcinogens.
Eat it: Broccoli, Cheddar and Potato Soup via Back to Her Roots.
What is your favorite way to enjoy these superfoods?
photo credit: Fifth World Art
10/11/2012 at 9:13 AM