By Vera Gruessner
Have you ever wondered what foods could prevent breast cancer? Finding the right diet is key in reducing cancer risk. We’ve all heard that incorporating vegetables in our diet is important for our health, but which vegetables? One particular vegetable that seems to have a direct correlation to breast cancer prevention is the carrot.
WebMD reports on new research showing that consuming carrots could reduce the risk of some types of breast cancer by up to 59 percent. The carotene in carrots is the key ingredient known to reduce cancer risk. This same ingredient can be found in red bell peppers, yams, and spinach.
The results come from a worldwide study of more than 3,000 women in which about half had been diagnosed with breast cancer and the rest were cancer-free. A diet full of carrots and the carotene substance reduced breast cancer risk by around 40 to 60 percent.
The study was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The majority of subjects in the study had estrogen receptor-negative breast cancer, but beta carotene seemed to have the biggest effect against this type of cancer.
“We’ve long known that a healthy diet – carrots included – can help to lower your risk of breast cancer because it helps to maintain a healthy weight,” Dr Richard Berks, senior research communications officer at Breast Cancer Now, told the news source.
“While it’s really important to eat vegetables as part of a balanced diet, there is unfortunately no such thing as a superfood when it comes to breast cancer risk. Everyone can reduce their risk of breast cancer and many other diseases through healthy lifestyle choices – such as maintaining a healthy weight, having a varied and balanced diet, being more active, and limiting your alcohol intake.”
Additionally, carrots have shown both antibacterial and antioxidant health benefits in a nutritious diet. Carrots inhibit inflammation and support eye health as well. These vegetables are full of vitamins such as vitamins A, B, and C as well as iron, calcium, manganese, and magnesium.
Along with a reduced risk of breast cancer, carrot consumption has been associated with a decreased risk of prostate, cervical, ovarian, lung, colon, bladder, and esophogeal cancers. Those looking to reduce their potential for contracting breast cancer or other types of cancers are encouraged to drink eight fluid ounces of fresh carrot juice per day.
Having a nutritious diet full of fruits and vegetables as well as partaking in physical activity on a regular basis will help you increase your chances for leading a healthy and cancer-free life.