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Breast Cancer 6 great foods that can help fight disease

With mortality rates increasing by the year, experts have cautioned that early detection and a healthy diet are a good bet of fighting the disease.

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play Mushrooms are great in fighting breast cancer according to researchers (MSN)
play Spinach is rich in betacarotene and lutein, both powerful antioxidants (MSN)

Breast cancer is arguably one of the leading cancer-related deaths in Nigeria, and indeed the world.

With mortality rates increasing by the year, experts have cautioned that early detection of the disease by conducting regular checks of breasts and healthy diets are a good bet of beating the disease.

Thus, here are 6 foods every woman should incorporate in her diet which are great in fighting the diease.


  1. Beans: According to researchers, women who eat legumes at least twice a week have lower rates of developing breast cancer than those who eat beans less frequently because of its high fibre content. Moreso, black beans because of the high antioxidant content in their skin which may block the circulation of estrodiol, a form of estrogen that’s a problem for those at risk for estrogen-driven breast cancer. The resistant starch found in the beans is thought to mimic estrogen enough to attach to estrogen-receptor sites, allowing excessive and harmful forms of estrogen to pass through the body.

  2. Broccoli: This is among nature’s richest sources of sulforophane, a compound that’s thought to strongly inhibit cancers. According to MSN, research suggests that sulforophanes stimulate the body’s own cancer-fighting enzymes, slowing the rate of breast and prostate cancer cell growth.

  3. Garlic: In laboratory experiments, scientists have found that allyl sulfur and other compounds in garlic slow the growth of tumor cells.

  4. Mushrooms: These are rich in anti-oxidants aded with ergothioneine and selenium, two immune-boosting antioxidants that cut your risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease.

  5. Salmon: Researchers at the University of Southern California and the National University of Singapore found that postmenopausal women who ate an average of 0.04kg to 0.008kg of fish or shellfish daily were 26% likely to develop breast cancer during the five years of the study than those who ate less seafood.

  6. Spinach: This is rich in betacarotene and lutein, both powerful antioxidants. Researchers from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences found that women who ate spinach more than twice a week had lower rates of breast cancer than those who rarely ate the vegetable.

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