Well the New Year is almost here and that means lots of people are making New Year resolutions, many of which revolve around getting fit and healthy. To help you start off the New Year on the right foot use the following tips to improve your breast health.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids
It is important to include foods which are rich in Omega 3 Fatty Acids in your diet. Research has shown that including this good type of fat in your diet can help ward off breast cancer and if you are fighting it already, it can help in your battle.
There are 4 main benefits with Omega 3 Fatty Acids; they help to decrease the strength of estrogen in your breast tissue, they help fight chronic inflammation, they can cause tumors to shrink and they help prevent tumors from spreading and becoming cancerous. By including enough fatty acids in your diet your risk of getting breast cancer greatly decreases.
The Chinese have been drinking Green Tea for over 4,000 years, so there must be some benefits to it! Green Tea has been shown to have many cancer preventing benefits. It can helpful reduce your risk of not just getting breast cancer but other cancers as well, including stomach, colon and skin cancer.
Green Tea is a blend of extremely powerful anti-inflammatories and antioxidants. It helps to increase the power of enzymes in your liver which work to detoxify toxins and carcinogens. There is a substance in the tea called ‘polyphenols’ which are responsible for making it so powerful and effective.
Research has shown that women who drink Green Tea are less likely to suffer from breast cancer when compared to those who don’t drink it. It is recommended that you use a high quality Green Tea blend and drink at least 8 to 10 cups of it each day. If this seems like too much for you it is possible to take a Green Tea supplement. Take 2 250mg doses per day.
The two types of Vitamin B that you should ensure you take regularly are folic acid and B12. Folic acid helps to repair your DNA and is used in normal cell division. If you lack in this Vitamin your cells cannot divide properly and your chances of developing cancer increases.
Good sources of folic acid include:
- Dark leafy green vegetables
- Whole wheat products
- Brewer’s Yeast
If you use birth control pills, drink alcohol or take aspirin or ibuprofen regularly you are depleting your levels of folic acid. So be certain to increase your intake of foods accordingly.
Vitamin B12 has been shown to protect you against developing breast cancer and B12 works in conjunction with folic acid. This vitamin is made by animals and is found in foods such as liver, brain, kidney, oysters, clams and salmon. It is possible to take a supplement of B12 and this is recommended for women over the age of 50.
As you age your body does not absorb Vitamin B12 as well anymore. B12 works by using something which is known as ‘intrinsic factor’. This is secreted by the cells in your stomach, as you age this factor decreases which is why you require more.
While this may sound complicated it really isn’t. You can improve your chances of not developing breast cancer by simply eating more leafy green vegetables or by taking both folic acid and B12 as a supplement.
What easier way to start your New Year off on the right foot.