Breast cancer is the most awful disease that can occur to any woman around the world. However, it can be prevented provided that you eat healthy foods, exercise regularly, avoid stressful situations and environmental toxins. According to certain researchers mammograms can assist you in preventing breast cancer.
Unfortunately, mammograms emit radiation which triggers development of breast cancer cells. Therefore, instead of preventing cancer, mammograms frequently can lead to over-diagnosis and over-treatment.
For that reason, focus on your dietary habits, for example take iodine more often. You may think that iodine is primarily related to the thyroid gland; in fact iodine reserves are more concentrated in the breast. Because of that, iodine is vital for women’s health. Lack of iodine can cause health issues and even breast cancer.
Iodine is as well as crucial for proper brain development in babies. Iodine reserves in women’s body are a guarantee that the baby receives sufficient amount of iodine.
Iodine Deficiency and Breast Cancer
Iodine incites estrogen production, and on the other hand low iodine levels increase estrogen sensitivity in the breast, and this creates an ideal base for breast cancer development.
According to the renowned Dr. Bernard Eskin, a pioneer in iodine research, the iodine deficiency in breast tissue will lead to pre-cancerous alterations, and iodine has the ability to reverse these. Many conducted laboratory studies have confirmed that iodine can cause apoptosis and impede tumor growth, leaving the normal cells safe and sound.
American Ladies Nowadays
According to breast cancer statistics in Japanese women, their breast cancer rates are substantially lower than the rates of American women, namely they are 66% lower than the ones in USA. The question pops out: Why such a huge difference? The answer is in iodine, the US Dietary Reference Intake for iodine is estimated to 150 micrograms, and Japanese take a dose 25 times higher than the one in U.S.
The Western diet is short of iodine, and this significantly contributes to such terrible numbers. Most Americans take iodine through salt, and thanks to the U.S. Government sufficient amount is present in the salt as producers are obliged to include iodine to salt as a preventative measure against goiter. However, women tend to avoid salt in their foods thereby leading to not sufficient amounts of iodine in their bodies.
Moreover, environmental toxins take great part in iodine deficiency as these toxins attach to cell receptors for iodine, shut these down, and the body can’t absorb it.
Iodine in Nature
Iodine cannot be produced by the human body, and for that reason we need to receive it from other sources. Therefore, we should incorporate into our diet the following ingredients: tuna, shrimp, salmon, lobster, cranberries, navy beans, whole potatoes, and eggs.
Seaweed is high in iodine and it is a basic ingredient in Japanese dishes. Seaweed is available as well in our country; Asian supermarkets and large chain shops sell dried seaweed. You can add it to your cooked stews, soups, beans, and other specialties, and in that way intake sufficient amount of iodine.
According to a recent Japanese study seaweed contains 10 times more iodine, and it can battle against breast cancer. It is as powerful as fluorouracil, a common chemo drug.