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Adequate Vitamins, Nutrients Reduces Risk of Health Problems

Posted Oct 08 2009 12:00am

This is breast cancer awareness month as most people are aware of by now, and the focus is put on a healthier diet and lifestyle for increasing the battle to prevent the disease. A diet with adequate vitamins and nutrients from whole food fruits and vegetables, as well as avoiding the toxins that can increase free radicals in the body, is a good preventative step against sickness and disease. One reason we recommend Juice Plus+® is for the added nutrients from a variety of fruits and vegetables, which most people do not eat enough. Here's more on nutrition and breast cancer prevention --

Yes to broccoli, whole grains and regular exercise.

No to butter, too many glasses of wine and — who’d have guessed it? — flax seeds.

According to Winchester Hospital dietitian Helen Long, what you eat and drink doesn’t only affect your weight; it can have a direct bearing on your chances of avoiding breast cancer.

“Nutrition has a huge role in helping to prevent breast cancer as well as, once a person gets breast cancer, in preventing recurrence,” said Long, who has advised breast cancer support groups for the hospital for some 15 years.

Scientists have known for years that some foods — including cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage and Brussels sprouts — contain compounds that impede tumor growth. But now new discoveries are being added to the table, literally.

Researchers have recently found that a deficiency of Vitamin D — which one can get by sitting in the sun but also through eating such foods as orange juice, salmon, mackerel and Vitamin D supplements — may be linked to breast cancer.

“So it’s good for all of us to get enough Vitamin D,” Long said.

Likewise, flax seeds — those Omega-3-packed morsels long touted as promoting heart health — have been found to contain “phytoestrogens” that can work with natural estrogen in the body to advance breast cancers sensitive to estrogen. While soy products are OK to eat in moderation for most people, fish oil is a better heart-helper choice for women with a history of such cancers, Long said.

Other risk-raisers are alcohol, simple sugars or starches, saturated fat, a sedentary lifestyle, and excess weight.

Long, who has seen both family members and friends battle the disease, said she tries to find ways to help the women in her breast cancer support groups find healthier ways to eat.

“Most Americans eat zero to two servings a day of fruits and vegetables,” she said. “To go up to five a day (the recommended amount), I really try to get people to find little ways to sneak in fruits and vegetables.”

Among her tips are using vegetables as layers in lasagna or in homemade soups, or even resorting to bags of frozen vegetables if food preparation time is an issue. She’s even been known to bring in recipes to help group members find ways of incorporating healthy produce. ( Source... )

Bottom Line: You can't go wrong by adding to your daily intake of raw, whole food fruits and vegetables. Your best "insurance" policy against costly treatments and/or doctor's visits is to eat a healthy diet everyday, while avoiding those toxins that can be carcinogenic. The right foods can help you get the nutrients that seem to be commonly missing in too many diets today.

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