Eight Key Nutrients to Help Prevent Breast Cancer —
and Where to Find Them
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, accounting for one in three of all women cancer cases diagnosed. Annually, more than 211,000 women are diagnosed with the disease, according to the American Cancer Society, along with nearly 1,700 men.
It’s estimated that over 40,000 women will die of breast cancer this year, surpassed only by lung cancer deaths. Another 460 men will also die from the disease.
One in seven U.S. women has, or will develop, breast cancer during her lifetime.
While age (over 65) and family history are unchangeable factors associated with an increased risk of breast cancer, there are other factors you can control. Lifestyle factors, including drinking two or more drinks a day and not exercising, along with being obese, all increase the risk. Along these lines, eating a healthy diet that includes the foods and nutrients noted below may help to reduce your risk and prevent you from becoming one of the one in seven U.S. women (or smaller number of U.S. men) who has, or will develop, breast cancer during her lifetime.
1. Vitamin D3
This vitamin helps control cellular growth and inhibit the growth of cancer cells. According to holistic healing and natural health author Donald R. Yance Jr., “Vitamin D3 may also inhibit the activity of hormones such as estrogen in breast cancer, thereby decreasing its spread.”
A University of Birmingham study also found that vitamin D3 encourages healthy breast cell growth while making cells more resistant to toxins.
One way to get vitamin D3 is through sun exposure–one study found that safely exposing your skin to the sun reduced the risk of breast cancer by 30 to 40 percent. If that is not possible, you can get vitamin D3 in the foods below.
Found in These Foods: Salmon, tuna, cod fish, cod liver oil, egg yolks, shrimp and some wild mushrooms
These substances, found in citrus fruits, appear to help sweep carcinogens out of the body while helping to inhibit the spread of breast cancer cells. In a study published in the journal Nutrition and Cancer, the authors wrote, “”These compounds have been shown to exert chemopreventive and chemotherapeutic activities in mammary tumor