Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Prevent Breast Cancer- G-BOMBS Revisited, Part I

Much recent research has proven that we can absolutely prevent breast cancer by making healthy life-style choices, including practicing daily meditation, exercising daily and replacing toxic foods with the powerful immune system-boosting foods, "G-BOMBS."  These vegetables, or "plant foods," have been the focus of many scientific studies and have been shown to help to avert the transformation of normal cells to cancer. In addition, they protect against any pre-cancerous or cancerous cells that can form.  

What are G-BOMBS?  They are Greens, Beans, Onions, Mushrooms, Berries and Seeds!  Sound yummy? Acutally, these are the vegetables / plant foods with the strongest immune-boosting and anti-cancer effects.  

Greens-  the cruciferous vegetables- like arugula, broccoli, bok choy, kale, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, mustard greens, radish, turnip and turnip greens, to name a few, are the best kinds of greens to eat for cancer prevention.  They contain anti-cancer compounds and substances that guard blood vessels; they also increase healthy vision and reduce the risk of diabetes.  Regular consumption of cruciferous vegetables that contain these cancer-averting  phytochemicals has been linked with decreased risk of breast cancer and has even been shown to increase survival in women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Beans- are an especially good food, due to their very high levels of fiber and "resistant starch," i.e., carbohydrates not broken down by digestive enzymes. The fiber and resistant starch in beans reduces the total amount of calories absorbed from beans, decrease cholesterol levels and healthy gut bacteria convert them into many compounds that protect against colon cancer.  A recent analysis of 10 separate studies found that the higher the fiber intake of an individual, the lower the associated risk of breast cancer.

 Onions- and their "relatives," -leeks, garlic, shallots, chives, and scallions-  have many beneficial effects on the immune and cardiovascular systems.  They also have anti-diabetic and anti-cancer effects.  These plant foods are well known for their organosulfur compounds.  These phytochemicals retard tumor growth and kill cancer cells.  Regularly eating onions and garlic is definitely associated with reduced risk of digestive cancers as well.

Stay Tuned for more in-depth info on G-BOMBS in Part II of this Blog Post!