Breast Health: More Than Just Mammograms

Breast Health: More Than Just Mammograms

Going to your yearly mammogram appointment is the first step when it comes to being proactive about your breast health, but what you are doing between those yearly appointment is just as important, if not more, than the examination itself. Follow these tips every day to ensure you're setting yourself up for success.

  1. Maintain healthy estrogen levels

    Balance is key when it comes to healthy estrogen levels. The delicate balance between various forms of estrogen can decline with age and oxidative stress—which can impact breast health. To keep youthful hormone balance as you age, incorporate nutrients like flaxseed lignans, which supports the optimal metabolism of estrogen.

  2. Eat estrogen-friendly foods

    Adhering to a Mediterranean diet is a bite in the right direction when it comes to supporting your breast health. Start by adding a variety of fresh fruits, veggies, healthy fats and nuts to your plate. Then, expand your palate with fatty fish, which is packed with omega-3s and vitamin D. Also try occasionally swapping red meat for soy-based protein, which supports healthy estrogen balance and provides your body with fiber, iron, vitamins and minerals…not to mention powerful antioxidants.

  3.  Supplement for support

    Your diet may not provide all the essential vitamins and minerals your body needs in order to support optimal breast health. For example, it's difficult to consume the recommended amount of vitamin D you need—and this nutrient is critical to supporting healthy tissue. In addition, green tea may offer support for cellular and breast tissue health. If you're not a veggie lover, you might also want to add an extract from cruciferous vegetables to your diet, to support your breast and overall health—and give you peace of mind between appointments.

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How can a woman support her breast health?

To support breast health, it’s important to maintain healthy dietary habits, such as adhering to the Mediterranean diet. Maintaining a healthy weight and getting regular exercise is also key. In addition to a balanced diet, make sure you’re getting adequate amounts of the breast-supportive nutrients vitamin D and iodine. In addition, compounds in cruciferous vegetables have been shown to support healthy cell division in breast tissue.


What can you do to help alleviate breast discomfort?

Studies have shown that greater consumption of fruits, vegetables, fiber and nuts—and less consumption of animal fat, red meat and alcohol—can help alleviate breast discomfort. In addition, adding evening primrose oil, gamma-linolenic acid, omega-3 and adequate iodine into your nutritional regimen may support breast comfort. It’s also advised to limit the consumption of coffee and chocolate.


How can women maintain breast health?

Consuming a healthy diet, avoiding excessive intake of alcoholic beverages (green tea or coffee are better choices) and engaging in regular exercise have been associated with maintaining breast health. Vitamin D, flaxseed, selenium, and compounds found in the Brassica family of vegetables that include indole-3-carbinol (I3C), diindolylmethane (DIM) and sulforaphane may also help maintain healthy breast tissue.

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