Dietary Fiber Reduces Inflammatory Markers in Breast Cancer Survivors
Posted Apr 11 2011 9:44am
An ever-growing body of scientific evidence suggests that many diseases are related to a chronic state of inflammation. For this reason, finding ways to reduce chronic inflammation has become a major research effort. This is particularly true in relation to natural ways to reduce inflammation. Many foods, particularly fruits and vegetables, are rich in natural plant chemicals that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory actions.
Dietary fiber intake has been reported to have a number of health benefits, including benefits for heart health and breast cancer risk reduction. Dietary fiber appears to benefit human health through multiple mechanisms, though not all of these are fully understood. A new breast cancer research study explored the impact of dietary fiber consumption on markers of inflammation in breast cancer survivors.
For this new breast cancer research , study investigators examined data from 698 breast cancer survivors who took part in the Health, Eating, Activity, and Lifestyle (HEAL) Study. Relationships between dietary intake and the inflammatory marker C-Reactive Protein (CRP) were analyzed. The breast cancer researchers reported
Average total dietary fiber consumption was only 13.9 grams per day.
There was an inverse link between total dietary fiber consumption and CRP levels such that as dietary fiber consumption increased, CRP levels decreased.
A similar relationship between insoluble dietary fiber and CRP levels was observed.
Breast cancer survivors who consumed more than 15.5 grams of insoluble dietary fiber per day were 49% less likely to have elevated CRP levels compared to breast cancer survivors consuming less than 5.4 grams insoluble fiber daily.
This is an interesting study that shows the potential health benefits of a simple dietary change. With the evidence linking inflammation to numerous health conditions, finding ways to reduce chronic inflammation can be an important part of improving our overall health. Dietary fiber has a number of well-known health benefits. Despite this, Americans on average do not consume anywhere near the amount of fiber recommended. This new breast cancer study confirms that. Instead of consuming 25 - 35 grams of total dietary fiber daily, average consumption of dietary fiber by these 698 breast cancer survivors was only about 15 grams per day or only about one-half the amount recommended. Dietary fiber can easily be added to one's diet by increasing fruit and vegetable consumption. In addition to dietary fiber, these foods are rich in natural antioxidants. If you are looking to develop healthier eating habits, getting enough dietary fiber each day is a great place to start.