In the UK, about 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer at some point during their lifetime. While there is no guaranteed way to prevent the disease, leading an active lifestyle and eating the right nutrients as part of a healthy diet, may help reduce your risk of a breast cancer diagnosis. Here, Oncology Dietitian Tara Whyand talks about about how nutrition can help minimise breast cancer risk and shares her top diet tips for breast wellbeing including using a supplement such as ProfBiotics Breast.
1. Eat lean meat and nuts as they contain zinc. A low zinc intake has been found to increase the risk of breast cancer
2. Consume more fruit for their high antioxidant vitamin and fibre content. Tomatoes, watermelon, papaya and pink guava contain a carotenoid called lycopene which has been linked to reduced risk of breast cancer.
3. Eat more foods containing compounds called flavonoids, found in onions, broccoli, tea, fruits and turmeric. In one laboratory study, curcumin, the flavanoid found in turmeric, was able to prevent breast cancer when a cancer causing chemical was added to breast cells.
4. Prevent vitamin D deficiency by eating fortified foods, oily fish, eggs and supplements. A small amount of sunshine will help, but cannot be relied on. There is evidence that higher levels of vitamin D in the blood decrease the risk of breast cancer.
5. Keep a healthy weight and limit alcohol.
6. Eat more marine foods containing fish oils (marine omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids). Salmon, fresh tuna, herring, pilchards and sardines all make good choices.
7. Tara adds, “For some people it can be difficult to obtain therapeutic doses of key ‘cancer-protective’ compounds from whole foods alone. You would need to eat about six cooked plum tomatoes to consume 10mg lycopene – which is unrealistic for many people on a daily basis. Evidence-based dietary supplements containing these compounds, such as ProfBiotics, can therefore be a useful inclusion – particularly those who are at increased risk of the disease”.
ProfBiotics Breast contains zinc, curcumin, vitamin D and lycopene to support the wellbeing of women’s breasts and can be taken as part of a healthy balanced diet. It was developed in consultation with Prof. Martyn Caplin, cancer specialist at London’s Royal Free Hospital, following a comprehensive review of clinical evidence investigating the role of specific nutrients in breast cancer prevention.
ProfBiotics Breast has been formulated to contain the specific blend of ingredients to help support breast wellbeing:
- Lycopene (found in tomatoes), which has been increasingly associated with breast well-being. Studies suggest that women with higher circulating levels of lycopene may be reduced risk of breast cancer
- Vitamin D, which has been found to regulate cell death – data suggest there is an association between lower levels of vitamin D and higher rates of breast cancer
- Zinc – studies find that low zinc intake may be linked to breast cancer risk
- Curcumin, which appears to be useful in preventing human breast cancer development
The formula contains the equivalent of eight teaspoons of turmeric, and at least six plum tomatoes, which would be difficult to consume each day through diet alone. ProfBiotics Breast costs £35.00 and is available from profbiotics.com