According to BreastCancer.org, the risk of a woman being diagnosed with breast cancer has increased from 1 in 20 in 1960, to 1 in 8 today. In the United States alone, a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every 3 minutes.
Dr. Christopher Lepisto, a practicing Naturopathic Doctor at The Alderwood Center for Natural Health, says good nutrition can be the first step in helping to prevent breast cancer. Dr. Lepisto recommends a diet that includes:
high-fiber content, emphasizing smaller amounts of healthy fats
- preventative nutrients like carotenes and bioflavonoids in berries and other brightly colored fruits and vegetables
- indole-3-carbinol rich vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower
- vitamin A
- vitamin C
- and a variety of whole, minimally processed foods
According to Dr. Lepisto, women may also want to consider supplements, which can include omega-3 essential fatty acids, potent antioxidants like melatonin, and liver-supportive herbs such as articum and milk thistle. However, Lepito stresses the importance of a nutritional program that is tailored to a person's individual needs.
If you have already been diagnosed with breast cancer, maintaining a nutritional diet is essential in keeping your body strong while enhancing the effectiveness of your cancer treatment.