14 Beneficial Home Remedies for Breast Cancer

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The most effective home remedies for breast cancer include garlic, broccoli, grapes, wheatgrass, green tea, lignans, soybean, vitamin D, calcium, and a well-balanced diet.

Breast cancer is the uncontrolled proliferation of malignant tissue within the breast that can ultimately result in death if the growth becomes metastasized or if it not surgically removed. It can be categorized as ductal, lobular, or inflammatory based on the place of origin. Breast cancer can be detected by several early symptoms, some of which include regular discharge from the nipple and nipples becoming inverted.

Note: The home remedies for breast cancer are available not for treating the disease completely, but to boost the immune system or kill the cancerous tissues to a certain extent. Still, proper lifestyle and eating habits are recommended for longevity and survival rate improvement of breast cancer patients.

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Home Remedies for Breast Cancer

Let us see some of the home remedies for breast cancer in detail:

Garlic

According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, the presence of alkyl sulfur compounds in garlic gives it certain antibiotic properties which makes it a very good anti-cancer agent. It does so by causing the malignant cells to undergo natural cell death, also known as apoptosis. Garlic also plays an important role in activating the immune cells against cancerous cells. It is always better to eat garlic in raw form as an oil, clove or powder, rather than consuming it in cooked form.

Broccoli

Broccoli contains the linamarase gene, which when present inside cancer cells, can break down into cyanide and effectively kill tumorous cells. According to the Cancer Cure Foundation, a chemical component called indole-3-carbinol is also present that may combat breast cancer by converting a cancer-promoting estrogen into a more protective variety.

Grapes

Grapes contain a compound called proanthocyanidins that reduces the body’s estrogen production and effectively treats breast cancer as is evident from the clinical trials performed on several patients. The study showed that the extract of grapes affects breast cancer tumors that are hormone-sensitive. A drug called doxorubicin was also found to enhance its anti-tumor activity by consuming grapes juice or extract every day as a supplemental treatment.

Wheatgrass

Wheatgrass, when taken in the form of juice or raw, is shown to regress cancer cells’ growth. It has the ability to enhance the immune system and rid your body of toxins and waste products. A research paper published in the IOSR Journal of Pharmacy and Biological Sciences states that drinking the green healing juice provides healthier blood levels while receiving the chemotherapy thereby reducing the dependency on blood building medications.

Green Tea

According to Dr. Jian-Min Yuan’s report in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,  green tea has anti-inflammatory properties and anti-cancer properties. However, despite its chemopreventive potential and compelling evidence from animal studies, the role of green tea in breast cancer development remains unclear. More research studies are thus required to elaborate its role in preventing breast cancer.

Lignans

Lignans are compounds that prevent estrogen-dependent tumors by slowing down their rate of growth and progression. They are present in the seeds of sunflowers, cashews, strawberries, flaxseeds, and peanuts.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D intake has been associated with a lower risk of breast cancer. A team of Jordanian researchers published a report in the Breast Cancer: Basic and Clinical Research Journal that states that there is an inverse association between vitamin D level and breast cancer risk. Vitamin D can be found in milk, eggs, and cod liver oil, but not in cheese and yogurt.

Exercise

Research suggests that exercising an hour daily reduces the risk of breast cancer in women of any age and any weight. A report by Michigan State University also suggests that physical activity and a healthy diet may help to reduce the risk of cancer.

Low-Calorie Diet

Dr. Kevin A Camphausen, Dr. Jason Savage published research in the Breast Cancer Research and Treatment Journal, which suggests that a low-calorie diet may slow down the spread of breast cancer.

Soybean

Soybeans are dietary elements that are considered to be an absolute must for breast cancer patients. According to the MD Anderson Cancer Center, they contain phytoestrogens and several other compounds that block cancerous cells from using estrogen. They also contain isoflavones needed for the prevention of cancer at early stages. Soybeans can be taken either as sprouts or in cooked form.

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Olive Oil

According to a study published in the US National Library of Medicine hydroxytyrosol, a major component of olive oil may help prevent breast cancer in postmenopausal women.

Calcium

In a research conducted by Dr. Brian L Sprague and team, which was published in Annals Epidemiology Journal, has shown that calcium could reduce breast cancer risk, especially in the pre-menopausal period for women. Foods rich in calcium are salmon, orange juice, almonds, and green vegetables.

Foods to Eat

According to a recent study published in the Breast Cancer Research and Treatment Journal, the intake of vegetable protein, vegetable fat, dietary fiber, and nuts during adolescence may help to reduce the risk of breast cancer. Those suffering from cancer should have cucumbers, carrots, bananas, corn, spinach, peas, and lentils. These can be consumed in soups, salads, and as sprouts.

Ways to Prevent

Lifestyle and Diet: Though not yet curable, breast cancer can be prevented by certain precautionary measures like diet and a balanced lifestyle.

  • Once induced, it cannot be stopped, but by eating a healthy nutritious diet designed for cancer patients, one can ward off incoming pathogens and activate the immune system to fight against the cancer cells.
  • Research published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition lists foods to be avoided to reduce the risk of cancer.
  • An additional dietary regimen should be followed as the patient undergoes chemical or radiation therapy that tends to show various side effects like hair loss and nausea.

Foods to Avoid

It is advised to cut down on hot dogs, beef, lamb, and pork; since they contain a high amount of saturated fats. Eating less of these types of red meat will reduce the risk of prostate and colon cancer.

Disclaimer: Home remedies for breast cancer mentioned here must be discussed with your doctor or physician. The website must not be held responsible for any problem arising due to negligence adopted by any of its visitors or readers.

About the Author

Kiran Patil is the founder of Organic Facts. He has a keen interest in health, nutrition, and organic living. He completed his B.Tech and M. Tech (Chemical Engineering) from IIT Bombay and has been actively writing about health and nutrition since over past 12 years. When not working he likes to trek and do gardening.

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