My grandmother who died of breast cancer loved to cook. She was enthusiastic about using the microwave when it first hit the market. In fact, she wrote a microwave cookbook. After my grandmother died, I decided to research natural cures for breast cancer. Ironically, one of the changes I decided to make was to give up eating foods prepared in the microwave.
I walked the 3-Day Race to find a cure for breast cancer in honor of my grandmother several years ago. Training for the 3-Day Race for the Cure was tough. I never knew blisters could be so big. The Komen 3-Day Race for the Cure and other breast cancer fundraisers have brought awareness to the disease that affects so many women. While researchers try to find medicines that can cure cancer, it never hurts to prevent cancer with natural cures or by eating healthy foods.
Here are some of the natural cures for breast cancer I’ve tried:
Coffee and breast cancer connection
One Swedish study indicated that drinking coffee can lower the risk of ER-negative breast cancer. Since I try to avoid caffeine for my thyroid, I opt for caffeine free coffee. Drinking too much coffee can lead to esophageal cancer so I drink coffee in moderation.
Tumeric and breast cancer
A study out of the University of California, San Diego, showed curcumin, the ingredient in the spice turmeric, can slow down the spread of breast cancer by blocking RANKL. RANKL is a molecule found in breast cancer cells. After reading about turmeric as a treatment for cancer, I decided to enjoy more Indian curry. But experts say it’s important to check with your doctor before using botanical medicine.
Soy and breast cancer
I’ve listened to the debate for years about whether soy increases the risk of breast cancer or not. A study presented at the American Association for Cancer Research showed soy may not increase the risk. Soy isoflavones carry estrogenic properties, which is why some experts say there is a link between soy and estrogen-sensitive breast cancer cells. On the other hand, others say the isoflavinoids in soy are like weak estrogens that block the stronger estrogens from stimulating the cancer cells. I take a soy protein powder almost every day.
A spinach salad a day
In addition, I eat spinach regularly. Eating spinach at least two times a week was shown in one study to cut the risk of getting breast cancer in half. I sometimes add flax seeds and berries as well as garlic and olive oil, which have all been shown to help prevent cancer.
Green tea as cancer cure
I drink cold green tea every day. Green tea is rich in EGCG, which was found to inhibit breast cancer cells in mice. It does not matter if you drink your tea hot or cold. Green tea contains a lot of antioxidants.
In general, I try to follow a healthy diet to prevent breast cancer. I avoid heating foods in the microwave because microwavable foods contain free radicals that cause cancer. It seems pointless to microwave vegetables containing antioxidants only to ingest free radicals. While I don’t know what caused my grandmother’s breast cancer, I do what feels healthy and right to me.
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