Proper nutrition can protect against many types of cancer, including breast cancer. Of course, it is necessary not only to pay attention to the diet, but also to give up smoking and alcohol abuse, as well as to be more active and get rid of excess weight.
So, what products should be added to the diet for cancer prevention?
Red cabbage contains indole-3-carbinol – a substance that can be effective in reducing the possibility of breast cancer. Cabbage also has a sulfur-containing compound, sulforaphane, which inhibits histone deacetylase, an enzyme involved in the proliferation of cancer cells. Red cabbage is rich in anthocyanins – substances known for their antioxidant properties.
Pomegranates inhibit the aromatase enzyme, which converts androgen to estrogen. Aromatase can lead to a strong increase in estrogen levels in men, with all the ensuing problems such as gaining excess weight, fat accumulation in the chest and abdomen, etc. And this can lead to hormonal disorders, which can increase the risk of developing breast cancer in women.
Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, a substance known for its antioxidant properties. And orange carrots also contain the anti-inflammatory compound anthocyanin, which can effectively prevent damage to cells, proteins and DNA, which contributes to the development of cancer.
The pink and red peels of apples contain anthocyanins, which are also present in red cabbage. In in vitro studies, quercetin contained in apples flavonol has been shown to prevent the growth of breast cancer.
Red grapes are rich in antioxidants, which significantly reduce the risk of cancer. The peel of grapes contains anthocyanins and catechins – powerful antioxidants that can inhibit the activity of free radicals in the body, preventing the oxidation and destruction of cells. Also grapes have an important phenolic compounds: caffeic acid, quercetin and miracetin, which provide additional protection against cancer.
Beet contains betanin, which acts as a powerful antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals – molecules that damage the integrity of cells and thereby accelerate the aging process and mutations in genes that contribute to the development of cancer.