1. I am a breast cancer survivor. What is the latest on foods that reduce breast cancer risk?
After 20 years of increasing numbers, the incidence of breast cancer is on the decline. Yet, in the US, 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer.
Experts say better eating habits can reduce the risk and recurrence of breast cancer. Eating whole soy foods such as soybeans, tofu, and soy milk can help reduce risk significantly.
Eating soy after diagnosis also reduced mortality and recurrences of breast cancer, but the American Cancer Society warns against taking soy-containing pills, powders, supplements, and processed foods containing high amounts of soy protein isolates.
You can also reduce the risk by eating Carotenoids, which are the natural pigments found in yellow and orange foods as well as leafy greens.
So eat more spinach, kale, sweet potato, squash, and carrots. Broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower also keep cancer cells from thriving.
A study in the Journal of Nutrition shows you can reduce your risk of recurrence by 25 percent eating more fish with Omega-3 fats including salmon, haddock and cod. Researcher note that fish oil supplements did not have the same benefit.
Is weight a factor that increases breast cancer risk? Yes. Experts say many cancers are caused by weight gain. More fat cells mean more estrogen circulates in your body, and when there's more estrogen, the risk of breast cancer increases.
2. Does coconut oil help with eczema?
Coconut oil can help with eczema. Coconut oil contains lauric acid and monolaurin which kill bacteria.
Staph bacteria are common in people with eczema. Rather than eat it, you apply it to the affected area twice a day for at least 4 weeks.