Many of us overlook the power of food and its connection to our hormone levels. Your thyroid, Estrogen, and Insulin levels all play an important role in Breast Cancer prevention. With October here and Breast Cancer Awareness on our minds, eat up on these key hormone-balancing vegetables to help prevent:
Foods that Balance
- Cruciferous veggies are nutrition all-stars when it comes to balancing estrogen levels and preventing breast cancer. Lets go back to basics. What are cruciferous vegetables exactly? And how can they help you in preventing cancer?
- Cruciferous veggies:
- High vitamin c, vitamin k, vitamin e, soluble fiber, and help the body excrete excess estrogen.
- Chopping, chewing, blending, or juicing these vitamin powerhouse foods is necessary to produce the anti-cancer isothicymates.
- ICTs help detox and remove carcinogens, kill cancer cells, and prevent tumors from growing.
- Some of my favorite cruciferous veggies include broccoli, cauliflower, kale, brussel sprouts, collard greens, cabbage arugula, and bok choy.
One of the big-time, cancer-fighting players is broccoli. Broccoli’s cancer-fighting properties include carotenoids and especially sulforaphane. Japanese researchers found that women with breast cancer who ate a lot of broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables cut their risk of recurrence by 35%, and their chances of dying from the disease by 62% within a 3-year period.
Enjoy this delicious recipe I cooked up with Chef Joe at Pirch, which is packed with cruciferous veggies and nutritious value that you can use as a side dish or main course!
- Broccoli Turmeric Soup: feeds 3-4 people
1 tablespoon organic virgin coconut oil
- 1 small white onion-diced (½ cup)
- 1 stalk celery—diced
- 3 baby carrots—diced
- 1½ teaspoons salt
- 1 ½ – 2 garlic cloves—minced
- 1 teaspoon turmeric powder or ½ of a grated turmeric root
- 1 large head Broccoli—stems removed and cut into florets
- 1 parsley leaf (optional)
- 5 cups organic vegetable stock
- Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
- ½ of a small avocado
- ½ fresh lemon