According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Breast cancer is also the most frequent cancer suffered by women. These studies on nutrients that support a healthier life after a cancer diagnosis, as well as nutrients that may support breast health should be of interest for women and for the women in your life.
Nutrients helped women live longer after a diagnosis of breast cancer
Women with breast cancer who had the highest levels of folate were more likely to survive than women with the lowest levels. In the study, doctors measured total folate levels in 498 postmenopausal women with breast cancer and followed up for 6.7 years. After adjusting for factors such as cancer stage, type of treatment, age at diagnosis, body mass index score, using hormone replacement therapy, alcohol, and taking folic acid supplements, women with the highest folate levels were 59 percent less likely to have died than women with the lowest folate levels over the follow-up period.
Women who took folic acid supplements had much higher circulating levels of folate, which doctors said may have improved their survival rates.
Reference: Nutrition and Cancer; February, 2015, Published Online
In this review of 10 studies covering 17,696 women with breast cancer, researchers analyzed the link between vitamin C from diet and supplements and breast cancer survival rates.
For studies of vitamin C supplements, compared to those who did not take vitamin C, women who took vitamin C supplements were 19 percent less likely to have died from any cause and 15 percent less likely to have died from breast cancer over the follow-up periods.
For studies of vitamin C in the diet, each 100 mg per day increase in vitamin C from foods lowered the chances of dying from any cause by 27 percent, and for breast cancer, lowered chances 22 percent, over the course of follow-up.
Reference: European Journal of Cancer; 2014, Vol. 50, No. 7, 1223-31
Peanut Butter for Breast Health
To find whether eating vegetable proteins and fats in adolescence would affect benign breast disease (BBD), a condition that raises chances for breast cancer later in life, doctors measured the diets of 9,039 girls, aged nine to 15 at the start of this study, and followed up 10 years later to see who had been diagnosed with BBD.
Girls who ate peanut butter or nuts two times per week were 39 percent less likely to have developed BBD compared to girls who never ate them. Other foods that tended to lower chances for BBD included beans, lentils, soybeans, and corn.
Reference: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment; 2013, Vol. 141, No. 2, 299-306
Betsy’s Note: This article is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure any disease. Consult you healthcare provider before beginning a supplement, especially if you have a medical condition or take prescriptions. For example, vitamin C thins blood and many supplements are contraindicated with cancer treatments.
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