One of the most effective ways to maintain breast and cellular health is with powerful plant-based compounds such as polyphenols, antioxidants, flavonoids and other targeted micronutrients. These powerful compounds offer unparalleled benefits including support for healthy inflammatory responses, detoxification, hormone and immune modulation, and a wealth of other health-promoting actions.
A recent study out of Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health showed that women who consumed more fruits and vegetables, particularly cruciferous vegetables and yellow or orange colored produce, had a significantly reduced risk of developing breast cancer.
Published July 2018 in the International Journal of Cancer, the data reported on 182,145 women initially aged 27–59, surveyed from 1980–2012 and 1991–2013. Analysis from these surveys showed that women who consumed 5.5 servings or more of fruits and vegetables daily had a significantly reduced risk of developing aggressive breast cancer, compared to women who consumed 2.5 servings or less. One serving was defined as a cup of raw leafy vegetables, half a cup of raw or cooked vegetables, or half a cup of chopped or cooked fruits.
Fiber or Nutrients?
Researchers have previously demonstrated links between increased fiber intake and reduced breast cancer risk. This new data points to the protective benefits of cruciferous vegetables and brightly colored produce, independent of fiber content. Rather, the micronutrients provided by these foods are believed to offer additional anti-cancer benefits.
As demonstrated by this study and many others, cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, kale and others in this family offer important benefits for breast and other areas of cellular health. These superfood vegetables contain an abundance of compounds, including glucosinolates and other phytonutrients that support healthy cellular growth, detoxify the body, help balance hormones, and promote lasting immunity.
Phytonutrients for Breast Health
For optimal breast health support and maintenance, ecoNugenics recommends scientifically researched BreastDefend®. This comprehensive breast cellular health formula is shown in peer-reviewed studies to promote healthy breast cell growth and behavior on the cellular and genetic levels, in both hormone-positive and hormone-negative breast cells.*
BreastDefend contains the active compound DIM (diindolylmethane) which is normally obtained from eating cruciferous vegetables. DIM is an essential phytonutrient for breast cellular health, with multiple mechanisms including support for healthy hormone balance. BreastDefend also contains beneficial mushrooms, the bioflavonoid quercetin, an enhanced bioavailable extract of curcumin from turmeric root, and high-ratio extracts of Scutellaria barbata leaf and astragalus root.*
One peer-reviewed study shows that the proven breast health benefits of BreastDefend are synergistically increased when used in combination with clinically researched PectaSol-C® Modified Citrus Pectin.*
Research continues to advance our understanding of how to optimize breast cellular health and support longevity. Of particular interest is the research pointing to an antioxidant-rich diet, regular exercise and healthy stress relief—all of which work to support breast health on the genetic level, while promoting overall vitality, naturally.