Breast cancer is a multifactorial disease; therefore it must be targeted on many levels. We must control the estrogen, cut off the pathways for cancer, and reignite the self-destruct button that cancer cells so cleverly turn off--normal cells have the ability to self destruct if they begin to reproduce too fast or become damaged; cancer cells disable the process and then are allowed to replicate and grow. What magic bullet can do all this? Food.
The compounds in everyday foods can block and manage estrogen just as effectively as drugs, yet cause no side effects and come with a host of other benefits. To block estrogen without a prescription aromatase inhibitor, eat plenty of celery, parsley, basil, artichokes, oranges, red grapes, onions, garlic, olives, olive leaves and extract and members of the cruciferous family. But those same foods can do so much more.
Quercetin, for example, found in apples, red wine, red grape skins, tomatoes, onions, and green tea, has anti-estrogenic effects and may reduce the metastatic potential of cancer cells. It disrupts the process that turns healthy cells into malignant cancer cells and its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties protect DNA from cancer friendly mutations. And like Raid (ok, it's toxic, but you get the idea), quercetin stops cancer cells dead in their tracks, which can stop tumor growth, encourages cell death, and cuts off cancer pathways. Apigenin, found in foods like parsley and celery, can stop breast cancer tumor cells from multiplying and growing and also blocks estrogen.Plant extracts such as turmeric, lycopene, and green tea can target cancer on many levels; they hit many targets and cut off pathways. Combine a variety of these foods, and you have one powerful anticancer meal. And remember, all fruits and vegetables have their own individual benefits, so include a wide, colorful variety to your day. Just picture the lycopene in those carrots surfing your body on a seek and destroy mission, mopping up free radicals before they can damage your cells. Peppers, they never get enough credit; they have tons of vitamin C without the sugar, and can lower your CRP, a critical marker for inflammation. And don’t even get me started on the dark chocolate…yes, food; it’s delicious, beautiful and can beat the socks off cancer.
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http://elynjacobs.wordpress.com/2012/01/15/natural-alternatives-to-tamoxifen/http://elynjacobs.blogspot.com/2010/12/eating-to-cheat-cancer.htmlPlease understand that nothing in this post represents medical advice, and I encourage you to discuss this information with your integrative oncologist or naturopathic doctor. I have compiled this information solely for those seeking alternatives to Tamoxifen and Aromatase Inhibitors and cannot endorse either protocol.
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