PRO­TEC­TIVE NU­TRI­ENTS

Clean Eating - - MIND & BODY BOOSTERS -

SOY ISOFLAVONES are a class of phy­toe­stro­gens – plant-de­rived com­pounds with es­tro­genic ac­tiv­ity. Many stud­ies have found that mod­er­ate con­sump­tion of soy has the po­ten­tial to pro­tect against breast cancer. Ad­di­tion­ally, genis­tein, the main isoflavone in soy, has been shown to pro­tect against cancer by in­ter­fer­ing with hor­mone-sig­nal­ing path­ways and im­pact­ing genes in­volved in cancer cell re­pro­duc­tion and death. In a study con­ducted by the Na­tional Cancer In­sti­tute, re­searchers found that girls who eat soy dur­ing child­hood and ado­les­cence have a sig­nif­i­cantly lower risk of breast cancer in adult­hood. Other stud­ies sug­gest that the con­sump­tion of soy foods con­tain­ing genis­tein dur­ing adult­hood pro­tect against both pre­menopausal and post­menopausal breast cancer. While many stud­ies show pos­i­tive ben­e­fits of soy isoflavones, there are con­flict­ing re­sults, so check with your health-care provider and al­ways opt for or­ganic, non-GMO soy prod­ucts.

VI­TA­MIN D pro­tects against breast cancer and other can­cers, and ob­ser­va­tional stud­ies show that tak­ing 2,000 IU of vi­ta­min D3 per day (along with keep­ing sun­light ex­po­sure at a very mod­er­ate level) could cut breast cancer risk in half. In a Ger­man study, women with the high­est lev­els of vi­ta­min D had a 70% re­duc­tion in their risk; the ef­fects were more pro­nounced in women who never used hor­mone ther­apy. Other stud­ies show vi­ta­min D com­bined with cal­cium re­duced breast cancer risk in pre­menopausal women and could be even more pro­tec­tive against ag­gres­sive breast tu­mors.

CUR­CUMIN, the ac­tive com­pound in turmeric, has anti-in­flam­ma­tory prop­er­ties, may in­hibit the growth and spread of breast cancer cells and may pro­mote cancer cell death. It also in­creases the ac­tiv­ity of nat­u­ral killer cells and pre­vents breast tu­mors from es­cap­ing de­tec­tion by the im­mune sys­tem. Cur­cumin also ap­pears to be ef­fec­tive against both es­tro­gen-pos­i­tive and es­tro­gen-neg­a­tive breast cancer cells, and it may act on breast cancer cells that are re­sis­tant to chemo­ther­apy.

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