Harvard identifies best foods to fight breast cancer

One of the most effective ways to prevent breast cancer and support overall health is with powerful plant-based compounds such as polyphenols, antioxidants, flavonoids and other targeted micronutrients found in certain vegetables, fruits, spices, and other botanicals.

These unique phytonutrients offer unparalleled benefits including anti-inflammatory and detoxification support, hormone modulation, immune enhancement, and a wealth of other health-promoting actions.

A recent study out of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health showed that women who consumed more fruits and vegetables — particularly cruciferous vegetables and yellow or orange colored produce — had a significantly reduced risk of developing aggressive breast cancer.

Published July 6th in the International Journal of Cancer, the study surveyed 88,301 women, starting in 1980, and 93,844 women, starting in 1991. Analysis from these surveys showed that women who consumed 5.5 servings or more of fruits and vegetables daily had an 11% lower risk of developing breast cancer, compared to women who consumed 2.5 servings or less.  One serving was defined as a cup of raw leafy vegetables, half a cup of raw or cooked vegetables, or half a cup of chopped or cooked fruits.

Fiber or nutrients?

Researchers from this group had previously demonstrated links between increased fiber intake and reduced breast cancer risk. But, this new data points to the protective benefits of cruciferous vegetables and brightly colored produce, independent of their fiber content. The micronutrients provided by these foods are believed to offer additional anti-cancer benefits.

As demonstrated by this study and many others, cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, kale, and others in this family offer important benefits for breast and other areas of cellular health. These superfood vegetables contain an abundance of compounds including glucosinolates and other phytonutrients that work together to support healthy cellular growth, detoxify the body, help balance hormones, and promote lasting immunity.

Phytonutrient formula for breast health

In my clinical practice, for optimal breast health support and maintenance, I recommend a researched botanical and nutritional breast health formula specifically designed to inhibit breast cancer growth and migration.  This comprehensive breast cellular health supplement is shown in peer-reviewed studies to inhibit breast cancer cell growth and metastasis, via its ability to influence specific genetic and cell signaling mechanisms, in both hormone-positive and hormone-negative breast cancer cells. You can visit my site to learn more about it.

The formula contains the active compound DIM (diindolylmethane) which is normally obtained from eating cruciferous vegetables. DIM is an essential phytonutrient for breast cellular health, with multiple mechanisms including support for healthy hormone balance. It also contains botanically-grown beneficial mushrooms, the bioflavonoid quercetin, an enhanced bioavailable extract of curcumin from turmeric root, and high-ratio extracts of Scutellaria barbata and astragalus root. One synergistic study shows that the proven breast health benefits of this formula are increased when used in combination with clinically researched Modified Citrus Pectin, another plant-based nutraceutical with extensive research demonstrating its critical benefits against cancer and metastasis.

Research continues to advance our understanding of how to optimize breast cellular health and support longevity. Of particular interest is the research pointing to an antioxidant-rich diet, regular exercise and health stress relief — all of which work to support breast health on the genetic level, while promoting overall vitality, naturally.


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Dr. Isaac Eliaz

By Dr. Isaac Eliaz

Dr. Isaac Eliaz is a renowned integrative medical doctor, licensed acupuncturist, researcher, product formulator and frequent guest lecturer. He has been a pioneer in holistic medicine since the early 1980s, and has published numerous peer-reviewed research papers on several of his key integrative health formulas. He is the founder and medical director of Amitabha Clinic in California, an integrative health center specializing in cancer and chronic conditions. Dr. Eliaz is an expert in using highly strategic, synergistic protocols to address numerous areas of health including metastatic cancer, immunity, digestion, detoxification, diabetes, cardiovascular health and more. His approach integrates modern science with traditional healing wisdom for optimal health and wellness. To download any of Dr. Eliaz's comprehensive wellness guides, click here.