A tablespoon of olive oil a day could keep breast cancer away

As women, we know breast cancer risk is real…

Besides skin cancer, it’s the most commonly diagnosed type of cancer, with 85 percent of cases occurring due to lifestyle-related genetic mutations.

These genetic mutations can be prevented by slowing down the cellular aging process, decreasing chronic inflammation in cells, and by improving the overall health of our cells. To do this, one very powerful tool at our disposal is regular foods we find in our kitchen.

In walks olive oil to the rescue…

Potent natural anti-inflammatory phenolic compounds in extra virgin olive oil — such as oleocanthal, oleuropein, hydroxytyrosol and tyrosol — have been shown to exert unique benefits for breast cancer.

In fact, by consuming just one tablespoon of virgin olive oil per day you could dramatically reduce your breast cancer risk and kill cancer cells before they take hold.

Reduces risk of invasive breast cancer 68%

In one randomized controlled study, researchers followed 4,282 women aged 60 to 80 years with no previous history of breast cancer. They discovered that every 5 percent of calories consumed from virgin olive oil reduced the risk of invasive breast cancer by 28 percent.

In a 1600-calorie diet, 5 percent would equate to 80 calories, equivalent to 2 teaspoons of oil. Since the average intake of oil in the study was 1.5 tablespoons, researchers concluded the participants had a 68 percent decreased risk of invasive breast cancer.

May reduce risk of breast cancer relapse

Another randomized trial recruited 307 women after treatment of breast cancer, giving them the choice to eat their normal diet or a Mediterranean diet with ample olive oil, 108 women chose to follow the Mediterranean diet with olive oil.

After the preliminary follow-up at 3 years, there were 11 breast cancer relapse cases in the normal diet group and zero relapse cases in the Mediterranean diet group. Blood tests for participants in the Mediterranean diet group showed greater vitamin levels – particularly vitamin A and beta-carotene, along with decreased inflammatory molecules.

Virgin olive oil directly kills cancer cells

When researchers put the polyphenol oleocanthal to the test on cancer cells in the lab, they discovered that within 30 minutes oleocanthal caused the cancer cells to break down and die. Quite incredibly, their discovery revealed that this humble polyphenol could permeate cells and release toxic enzymes that kill cancer cells from the inside, without harming healthy cells.

In similar lab studies, virgin olive oil has proven consistent in its ability to change the appearance of tumors, decreasing their incidence, multiplication and growth.

The best advice is to incorporate virgin olive oil into your daily routine. It’s a food source that’s tolerated well by most people and offers a safe, effective way to reduce cancer risk, along with providing many additional health benefits.

Most studies suggest an intake of 1-2 tablespoons a day is beneficial. Choose a good quality virgin olive oil, and since it’s best consumed raw, try drizzling the oil over your veggies, salads or stir-fries, or even add it to your morning cereal, smoothie or omelette.

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Jedha Dening

By Jedha Dening

Jedha Dening is a qualified nutritionist (MNutr), researcher, author, freelance writer, and founder of type 2 diabetic nutrition site Diabetes Meal Plans. Her masters thesis on nutrition and inflammation was published and then presented at a national scientific conference. She has millions of words published in the health industry across various print and online publications. Having been in the field for over 15 years, she’s incredibly passionate about delving into the latest research to share the myths and truths surrounding nutrition and health. She believes when armed with the right knowledge, we’re empowered to make informed choices that can truly make a difference.