Behind skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer for American women of all races and ethnicities, according to the CDC. And in addition to getting mammograms and doing breast self-exams, the experts at Johns Hopkins Medicine advise eating certain foods to help avoid breast cancer.
The superfood groups they recommend for cancer prevention are fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. These all contain phytochemicals - compounds made by plants - that are thought to “boost cancer-preventative properties.” Here are four foods that you should add to your grocery list now to help protect yourself.
Broccoli sprouts: Broccoli contains a specific phytochemical called glucoraphanin [[GLUE-co-raff-a-nin]] that helps “neutralize cancer-causing chemicals.” And research shows the sprouts have the highest amount
.Oats: Not only does this whole grain have lots of fiber, which is important for fighting cancer, but oats also contain the hormone melatonin, which is linked to lowering your risk of getting breast cancer.
Kale: There are even more good-for-you phytochemicals in this leafy green.
Green tea: There are phenolic compounds in green tea, which research has shown can help stop the development of some cancer cells - including breast cancer. Plus, green tea is a perfect afternoon pick-me-up and it has more of a health boost than your go-to coffee.
Source: My Domaine