These days, diets can do a lot for our health, with claims they could even reduce the risk of women developing breast cancer. A recent study published in the British Medical Journal monitored 80,000 people and 20,000 cases of breast cancer, discovering that those who ate a high level of oily fish were less likely to get the illness, cutting the threat by up to 14 per cent.
It's the high levels of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) which contributed to these findings, as they regulate the activity of both your immune system and blood vessels. They can be found in fish such as tuna, salmon and mackerel, and also contribute to fighting heart disease and other cancers.
It isn't just fatty fish which can help though, with omega-3 PUFAs found in walnuts and leafy green vegetables such as spinach too.
Broccoli may also fight off tumours spreading. It's the compound sulforaphane which does this, and it's also present in cabbage and kale so try to incorporate these into meals throughout the week.
Not a veg fan? Dairy is also an option, and previous research has found links between high levels of calcium and vitamin D and lower breast density, meaning less risk of getting cancer. While it isn't fact, those who conducted the study did find high levels of dairy are more likely to reduce your chances of being diagnosed. This doesn't mean you should splurge though -to keep it healthy, stick to low-fat options where possible and add dairy subtly if you can.
Fruit also helps in this area, with berries high in ellagic acid such as strawberries and raspberries thought to help prevent cancer in the bladder, lungs, breasts and skin. Ellagic acid is a type of phytochemical that occurs naturally in plants. Tomatoes have also been found to reduce the probability of breast cancer by 20 per cent, thanks to being high in carotenoids, organic pigments which are transformed into vitamin A by the body.
Lastly, add some spice to your diet by using turmeric. A curry packed full of the yellow powder contains anti-inflammatory and antiseptic aspects, which stop the growth of cancer cells.
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