Breast cancer occurs when cells in the region begin to grow uncontrollably and form a tumor that can sometimes be felt as a lump. According to the American Cancer Society, by 2019 it is expected that about 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be detected and that 41,760 women die from this cause, only in the United States.
Although they are not infallible remedies or miracle cures, there are several herbs and foods that provide the body with a large amount of natural nutrients that can have a protective effect against breast cancer. We made a selection and explained its benefits to you.
1. Green tea
Research from the University of California revealed that it can help prevent or slow the growth of breast cancer, thanks to its high content of polyphenols, antioxidant substances that protect against cell damage. Epigadocatechin gal late would be the chemical responsible for its anticancer effect and for modifying the metabolism of estrogens.
2. Siberian ginseng
Siberian ginseng, also known as eleuthero coccus, is considered an adaptive, a term used to describe substances that help the body adapt to different factors that cause stress. The herb’s components are believed to bind to estrogen and progesterone receptors and block tumor activity, in addition, it would stimulate the production of T cells responsible for destroying cancer cells.
It has a protective effect, but to prevent breast cancer, the ideal would be to add a moderate amount to the diet (for example, 20-60 gr of soy per day). Purified isoflavone supplements are not recommended as it is not known whether they have the same effects as whole soybeans.
In traditional Chinese medicine, astragals is used in the treatment of various diseases, including cancer and disorders of the immune system, although its anti-cancer properties have not been conclusively demonstrated. By activating the immune system, astragals is believed to help prevent the development of cancer cells.
Research from the State Cancer Institute of Colima, Mexico, showed that eating 30 grams of natural peanuts at least once a week reduces the risk of breast cancer three times. Its antioxidants, beneficial fatty acids and flavonoid substances protect against disease.
6. Cat’s claw
The use of cat’s claw is said to date from the Inca civilization and among its uses it would highlight the fight against cancer. The natives cooked the bark and root to obtain a concoction that would help boost the immune system and thereby protect the body from cellular damage caused by inflammation. Study from the University of Salerno in Italy, report that cat’s claw inhibits the proliferation of breast cancer cells by up to 90%
Garlic was used as a natural medicine long before it was a condiment. The National Cancer Institute reports that several demographic studies show that there is a relationship between increased garlic consumption and a reduced risk of certain types of cancer, including breast cancer. Its protective effects would derive from its properties to block cancer-causing substances and to improve DNA repair.
8. Milk thistle
Even its potential is under investigation, but preliminary evidence indicates that it would help prevent the growth of breast cancer. Silymarin, one of its main components, is an antioxidant that protects the cell from damage caused by free radicals that can increase the risk of cancer.
9. European mistletoe.
It has been used to treat cancer in Europe since the 1920s, and even today it is used in these countries, especially in Germany and Switzerland. There is good evidence that these extracts can affect the immune system. However, these effects do not necessarily translate into effective cancer treatment.
Turmeric has been used since ancient times in Asian medicine to treat different ailments and according to a study by the University of Maryland, in the United States, one of its compounds, curcumin, is capable of inhibiting the advancement of cancerous tumors by stopping the growth of the blood vessels supplying them.