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Cruciferous Vegetables May Significantly Improve Breast Cancer Survival!

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A study by Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and Shanghai Center for Disease Control and Prevention investigators reveals that breast cancer survivors who eat more cruciferous vegetables including broccoli, spinach and kale, as well as cabbage and cauliflower may have improved survival.

The study was presented at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting in Chicago, Ill.

Breast cancer survivors should follow the accepted nutritional guidelines of eating vegetables daily and specifically increase intake of cruciferous vegetables including: broccoli greens, cabbage and cauliflower as part of a total healthy dietary regimen.
Researchers investigated the role of cruciferous vegetables in breast cancer survival among women in the Shanghai Breast Cancer Survival Study, a prospective study of 4,886 Chinese breast cancer survivors who were diagnosed with stage 1 to stage 4 breast cancer from the period 2002 to 2006.

After adjusting for lifestyle factors, demographics and clinical characteristics, the researchers determined cruciferous vegetable intake during the first 36 months after breast cancer diagnosis was associated with a reduced risk for total mortality, specific breast cancer mortality and recurrence of the disease. Survival rates were influenced by vegetable consumption. Women who regularly ate more of these vegetables, their risk of death or cancer recurrence decreased.

Women who were in the highest quartiles of intake of vegetables per day had a 62 percent reduced risk of total mortality, 62 percent reduced risk of breast cancer mortality, and 35 percent reduced risk of breast cancer recurrence, compared to women with the lowest quartile of intake.

Cruciferous vegetable consumption habits  differ between China and the United States; The amount of dietary intake of these vegetables among Chinese women is much higher than that of U.S. women.

The most commonly consumed cruciferous vegetables in China include turnips, Chinese cabbage (bok choy) and greens; In the United States and other Western countries, broccoli and Brussels sprouts are the most commonly consumed cruciferous vegetables.

The key nutritional advantage of cruciferous vegetables is they contain powerful protective phytochemicals known as isothiocyanates and indoles; these appear have the beneficial protective effect against some types of cancer. The levels of these bioactive compounds, which play a key role in the anticancer effects of cruciferous vegetables, depends on the amount and type of cruciferous vegetables regularly consumed.

Future studies will measure the bioactive isothio-cyanate and indole compounds in these vegetables and the host factors that may influence their protective effects to improve the understanding of the association between cruciferous vegetable consumption and breast cancer outcomes.
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Reference: Vanderbilt University Medical Center (2012, April 3) “Eating cruciferous vegetables may improve breast cancer survival.”
This article is for informational and educational purposes only;  It is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Consult your doctor or healthcare professional.

Important Facts About The Extraordinary Nutritional Health Benefits of Pineapple!

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Pineapple is a remarkable fruit and is a member of the “bromeliad” family of plants. It is extremely rare that bromeliads produce edible fruit. In fact, pineapple is considered the only known edible bromeliad available throughout the world.
It is also considered a multiple fruit because each pineapple is comprised of dozens of individual flowerets which grow together to form the entire fruit. The scales on a pineapple indicate evidence of individual flowers. Each scale is from a separate floweret!
Did you know Pineapples stop ripening the moment they are picked?
There’s no way of storing them will help ripen them further. Its color is not important in determining ripeness.
When you shop at the market for pineapple, you should select it by its aroma. If it smells fresh, tropical and sweet, it will be a good-tasting fruit. The more scales on the pineapple, the sweeter and juicier the taste.
This delicious-tasting fruit is not only naturally-sweet and tropical; it provides many nutritional benefits for supporting overall good health.
Pineapple is especially enjoyable because of its luscious, sweet and tropically-exotic flavor, it’s one of the most nutritionally-rich and naturally healthful foods available today.
Eases Indigestion, Arthritis and Sinusitis

Because of its naturally-bountiful nutritional goodness, pineapple is valuable for easing indigestion, arthritis and sinusitis. The fresh juice of pineapple has an effective anthelmintic function; it helps get rid of intestinal worms.

Naturally-Rich Source of Manganese…

Pineapple is particularly high in manganese, the essential  mineral that is critical to development of strong bones and healthy connective tissue. A cup of fresh pineapple will supply nearly 75% of the recommended daily amount of manganese. Thus, it is recommended most especially to seniors, whose bones tend to become brittle with older age.

Digestive Enzyme Bromelain…

The important digestive enzyme Bromelain, is a proteolytic enzyme, is the key to pineapple’s special  healthful value. The definition of Proteolytic is the ability to break down protein;

That’s why pineapple is considered to be a beneficial digestive aid. It helps the body digest proteins more efficiently and effectively so it’s important for people following high-protein weight-control diets, as well as those following muscle-building regimens!

Since Bromelain is also known to be an effective anti-inflammatory enzyme, regularly eating at least  one-half cup of fresh pineapple daily is now reported to help relieve painful joints common to osteoarthritis. It also produces mild pain relief. In Germany, bromelain is approved as a post-injury medication because it is purported to assist in the reduction of inflammation and swelling.

High In Vitamin C and Has the Ability To Cut Down Mucous Production…

Fresh pineapple juice is not only high in vitamin C, but because of it’s rich content of Bromelain, it has the ability to reduce mucous in the throat. If you are suffering with a cold and a cough, add more pineapple to your dietary intake. It is commonly used in Europe as a therapeutic post-operative course of action, primarily to cut down mucous production after sinus and throat operations.

Fewer Sinus Problems…

People who eat fresh pineapple every day, typically report fewer sinus problems, even those triggered by respiratory allergies, etc. It’s also important to know that pineapple has a very low risk for food allergies.

Minimizes Blood Clots from Forming…

Pineapple is also known to be beneficial for minimizing blood clot development. This makes it a valuable for people who fly frequently and other individuals who may be at risk for blood clots.

Excellent Benefits For Pregnant Women…

An effective, pleasant-tasting remedy for morning sickness is drinking chilled fresh pineapple juice. Fresh juice and some almonds or walnuts first thing in the morning works nicely to reduce nausea and sluggishness!
Oral Healthcare Benefits Too…

For oral healthcare, pineapple is amazingly good for supporting a healthier mouth. The fresh juice has the ability to discourages plaque growth, crucial for maintaining good periodontal health

This article is for informational and educational purposes only;  It is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Consult your doctor or healthcare professional.

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