Let's talk about the magic of mushrooms for breast cancer prevention!
A number of research studies have discovered compounds in mushrooms that were found to inhibit cancerous tumor growth, increase immune cells (particularly in patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment), and inhibit aromatase, an enzyme in breast cancer cells that will produce unwanted estrogen. The most common mushrooms studied are white button, turkey tail, Shitake and Maitake. Turkey tail mushrooms contain compounds called polysaccharopeptide (PSP) and polysaccharide-K (PSK). PSP and PSK appear to inhibit the growth of cancer cells. The compounds in turkey tail may also offer benefits for gut health. It is not recommended you eat turkey tail in the wild. Turkey tail extract is also available in the form of a powder or tea. Always follow the dosage instructions carefully. Because turkey tail is a fungus, anyone with a mushroom or mold allergy should not use it. More common and accessible, research has shown that eating just 5 white button mushrooms a day may be sufficient to suppress breast cancer tumor growth. Learn more about the research at: http://ow.ly/cCTB50AX5Ix and https://nutritionfacts.org/video/breast-cancer-vs-mushrooms/.
Flavonoids, plant polyphenols present in fruits and vegetables, are emerging as promising arsenals for the prevention and treatment of breast cancer and other chronic inflammatory diseases. Many mechanisms of action for flavonoids in the prevention of breast cancer, include anti-estrogenic activity, induction of cancer cell death, prevention of oxidation, induction of detoxification enzymes, regulation of inflammation and the immune system, and changes in cellular signaling. The main dietary sources of flavonoids include teas (particularly white, green, and oolong), citrus fruits (oranges, grapefruits, lemons) and citrus fruit juices, berries, cherries, apples, red and purple grapes, cocoa-based products, legumes, onions, scallions, kale, broccoli, asparagus, leafy greens, red cabbage, parsley, thyme, oregano, celery, hot peppers.
Cancerous stem cells could be why breast cancer returns. We need to strike at the root of the cancer. That's where broccoli comes in. Sulforaphane, a sulfur-rich compound found in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, bok choy, and cabbage has shown to suppress the ability of breast cancer stem cells to form tumors. This means that if you're currently in remission, eating lots of broccoli could possibly help keep your cancer from returning. To reach the right levels of concentrations of sulforaphane in breast tissue, determined by Johns Hopkins University researchers, you need to eat at least 1/4 cup of broccoli sprouts a day. You can buy them in the produce aisle or easily grow them at home. I've included this YouTube video tutorial http://ow.ly/onVz50AMZc9. Juice them or add them to your sandwiches, wraps, burritos, tacos, smoothies, shakes and salads.
You can also buy Sulforaphane glucosinolate (SGS) broccoli seed extract from my online supplement store at https://wellevate.me/brandi-funk where you will find my Breast Cancer Prevention protocol.
Are you drinking enough green tea? Drinking 3 cups of green tea a day has shown to drop breast cancer recurrence by up to 47%? Green tea contains Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a polyphenol (a natural chemical compound found abundantly in plants) that has powerful healing and health benefits. Drink it hot or cold and don't forget the lemon. Adding lemon boosts EGCG content by 5-fold. To learn more about optimizing health during breast cancer remission, download my "10 Steps to Optimize Health During Breast Cancer Remission" at http://brandifunk.com.
When it comes to fighting breast cancer, I highly recommend incorporating as many cancer fighting "superfoods" into your daily diet as possible. High on my list of "superfoods" is flaxseed. Not only is flaxseed loaded with nutrients, omega-3 fats, and fiber, research shows that eating flaxseed may help prevent and treat breast cancer by blocking the inflammatory effects of interleukin-1, a master regulator of inflammation and immune responses in our body. To learn more about the research on flaxseed and breast cancer, watch this short video at http://ow.ly/FfGm50AI6IW. Need some ideas on how to incorporate flaxseed into your diet? Add ground flaxseeds to your favorite smoothies, shakes or bowls. Replace eggs in recipes with one tablespoon of flax seeds and three tablespoons of water to replace one egg. Try these delicious Peanut Butter Flaxseed Pancakes by the Minimalist Baker at https://minimalistbaker.com/peanut-butter-flaxseed-pancakes/.