The Right Supplements for Breast Health
|By Petra Trudell, Managing Editor on Wednesday, January 22, 2014|
|Breast health should be a priority all year long. While no supplement can completely
prevent future breast issues, there are those known to provide protection and support.
Read on to learn what they are.||
When you look at your supplement routine, are you accounting for your breast health? While there are many reasons for breast issues like cancer, and no supplement can prevent them 100 percent, you can do more to support the health of your breast tissue.
These supplements are worth adding to your routine to help you better look after your breast health for the long term:
1. Vitamins A and D
Both of these vitamins are essential daily nutrients that protect the tissues of the entire body, including the breasts. They function within the body as antioxidants, fighting off the potential damage of free radicals and promote wound healing. Vitamin A and vitamin D also help strengthen the body's natural defenses against illness, supporting the immune system.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a type of root commonly used in Asian cooking as well as in supplement form for medicinal purposes. Turmeric contains a compound known as curcumin. This compound is a potent antioxidant and has shown potential to prevent and/or slow the growth of cancerous cells. Published in 2013 in the Journal of breast cancer, a study confirmed curcumin's antitumoral and chemopreventive benefits.
Coenzyme Q10 is found naturally within the body and assists with energy production and various chemical processes. When taken in supplement form, CoQ10 is said to have anticancer properties as well as protecting the cells of the heart against negative side from cancer treatments -- CoQ10 is commonly recommended for heart health in general.
4. Grape Seed Extract
When cells become damaged, they can become more susceptible to cancer development. As previously mentioned, antioxidant compounds can help prevent this damage by blocking the effects of free radicals, which are a byproduct of energy production. The antioxidant compounds within grape seed are proanthocyanins, which help keep the cells healthy.
5. Green Tea
There are two very beneficial compounds within green tea -- epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) and sinecatechins -- that have been shown to have anticancer properties. Drinking green tea on a daily basis can help you gain the benefits of these compounds, or you can get your green tea in supplement form. Its health benefits have made green tea a staple of Asian cultures for centuries.
The antioxidant activities of these supplements can help maintain the health of all the body's cells, especially the breasts. At this time, more research is needed to determine the exact action and benefit of these supplements in relation to breast health and breast cancer. However, promising research thus far proves they warrant further analysis.
Looking After Your Breast Health
Always make sure to check your breasts monthly for any changes in appearance or feel and report any changes to your physician. If you experience any pain when touching a part of your breast, you should also seek medical attention to determine the cause. You and your physician can help you determine the best time to begin having mammograms and how regularly, based on your own medical history and if you have any risk factors, like a family history of breast cancer or other cancers.
As with any type of supplement, speak with your doctor before adding the aforementioned products to your daily routine, especially if you're being treated for a medical condition or are pregnant or breastfeeding. Follow all instructions carefully for best results.
Shop for these supplements and get all the information you need to maintain your breast health at eVitamins.
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