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Re­searchers have dis­cov­ered that sim­i­larly to your gut, your breasts have their own mi­cro­biome — a com­mu­nity of micro­organ­isms that main­tain the health of the sur­round­ing tis­sue. And just like your gut, the mi­cro­biome in your breasts also can be af­fected by diet. This has im­pli­ca­tions for breast cancer pre­ven­tion, ac­cord­ing to a pa­per pub­lished in the jour­nal Cell Re­ports: Fe­male mon­keys were fed ei­ther a high-fat, “West­ern-style” diet or a plant­based Mediter­ranean diet for two and a half years. The plant-based mon­keys showed a ten­fold in­crease of mam­mary gland lac­to­bacil­lus, which has been shown to de­crease breast cancer tu­mor growth, as well as more bile acid me­tab­o­lites in their breast tis­sue, which may re­duce breast cancer risk.

This sug­gests that women might be able to boost their breast mi­cro­biome and pre­vent or at least lower their risk of breast cancer by eat­ing a plant­based diet rich in an­tiox­i­dants and polyphe­nols, which in­cludes lots of fruits, veg­eta­bles and legumes and healthy fats such as olive oil, nuts and seeds.

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