As if we needed another reason to eat our veggies! We've known for years that a diet heavy on fresh vegetables helps to prevent cancer, but according to the latest study, even women who ate more veggies after being diagnosed with breast cancer boosted their survival rate.
So it's never too late to start maximizing your daily intake! Especially interesting: Cancers of the women participating in the study ranged from stage 1 to stage 4. Pretty amazing. (Not to mention incredible in a Wow, what we eat really does affect our health kind of mind-blowing realization sort of way.)
The study focused on cruciferous vegetables, which include cauliflower, brussels sprouts, kale and cabbage. And the numbers are pretty amazing ...
The women who ate the most of these veggies reduced their risk of both overall mortality and breast cancer-specific mortality by 62 percent compared to women who consumed the least. Plus, those who consumed the most vegetables were 35 percent less likely to have a recurrence of breast cancer.
Now you're probably wondering exactly how many of these cruciferous vegetables you have to eat to get the magical cancer-busting powers. Researchers aren't exactly sure about that part just yet, so they're recommending people stick to The American Cancer Society guidelines: At least two and a half cups of super-colorful fruits and vegetables per day (more color = more power, so look for dark green, red, yellow and orange.
Oh, and if you were thinking about skipping the salads and swallowing a handful of supplements instead -- researchers aren't exactly sure if powdered greens in a capsule have quite the same effect (so no quick fix just yet).
Does this study make you want to eat more cruciferous veggies? What's your favorite?
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