The best preventative measure against breast cancer is paying attention to your nutrition, exercise, stress reductions, and avoiding environmental toxins, even though we hear quite a lot that mammograms are the key preventative measure.
Ironically enough, it turns out that the mammogram emits radiation that actually triggers the onset of breast cancer, doing the exact opposite.
When it comes to nutrition, the best one is iodine, which is a nutrient that is typically linked to the thyroid, but iodine stores in women are higher in their breast than the thyroid, meaning that this nutrient it essential to the health of women`s breasts.
Iodine Is also a key element for the brain development in infants. Iodine deficiency is bad both for infants and women, because it increases the risk for breast cancer.
The reason why iodine deficiency can lead to breast cancer is because it causes the body to produce more estrogen, which further increases the risk for reproductive cancers like breast cancer. Moreover, iodine deficiency also increases estrogen sensitivity in the breasts, making them more prone to breast cancer.
Dr. Bernard Eskin, a pioneer in iodine research, claims that low iodine levels in breast tissue was more likely to undergo pre-cancerous alternations and iodine could reverse them. Lab studies have shown that iodine leads to cellular death of cancer and tumor growth reduction, without affecting healthy cells.
If we compare Japanese women to American women, we can see that there are 66% less breast cancer cases in Japan compared to America. This huge difference is due to iodine presence. The U.S. Dietary Reference Intake for iodine is 150 micrograms daily while in Japanese women are getting almost 25 times that.
Furthermore, the Western diet lacks iodine, which is another contributor to this difference.
Environmental toxins are yet another major contributor, as they attach to receptors in the cells meant for iodine, shutting them out and preventing the body from absorbing it.
Our body is incapable of producing iodine by itself, but luckily there are some excellent sources we can consume to get it. The best natural sources are cranberries, navy beans, unpeeled potatoes, eggs, and seafood like tuna, shrimp, salmon, and lobster.
Given that Japanese diet is rich in seaweed, this makes seaweed an excellent choice. You can find it in most Asian supermarkets and larger chains. Dried seaweed can be added to cooked soups, stews, beans, and many more.
A Japanese study has shown that seaweed contains ten times more iodine and is even more effective against breast cancer when compared to fluorouracil, a commonly used chemotherapy drug.