Some of the stats on breast cancer are staggering. According to breastcancer.org, this year 252,710 North Americans will probably be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. That's not even counting the non-invasive 63,410 cases. Looking at it through a different lens, another stat says 1 in 8 women (or %12) will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. The scariest part about the whole thing is that breast cancer often comes out of nowhere. The National Breast Cancer Foundations says that while cancer results from DNA cell damage, the 'why' is often unclear. To quote them, "[M]ost patients will never know exactly what caused their cancer." And there are several genetic factors that are outside your control.
So what can you do about it? You can't change your genes - and nor should you. They're what makes you who you are. And waiting until there's a problem can be painful. Things like chemotherapy, radiation therapy and drugs are extremely powerful...and extremely hard on your body. The real trick is to to be proactive by making smart choices along the way.
One of the most effective solutions, and definitely the tastiest, is to start building up a strong defense against breast cancer by eating the right foods. We're an extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) company, so obviously we're going to tell you that EVOO's a great, edible, defensive tactic. But it's not just us. The International Journal of Cancer recently published an article saying that the Mediterranean diet, rich in EVOO, is a powerful weapon that protects women from breast cancer. Here are some of the takeaway points (Click here to access the study):
Take a look though at these other studies that cite EVOO as the victor.
Collectively, these studies indicate that routinely sprinkling EVOO into your diet can give you better health coverage from breast cancer. When you look closely at the elements hidden in every golden drop, the findings make a lot of sense. The phytonutrient in olive oil, oleocanthal, mimics the effect of ibuprofen in reducing inflammation, which can decrease the risk of breast cancer and its recurrence. Squalene and lignans are among the other olive oil components being studied for their possible effects on cancer. EVOO also has a ton of other health perks (listed on our health facts page). We pick every olive in our EVOO early, so it has more health-packed polyphenols than many others.
So, if you're worried about it, try splashing our EVOOonto your next dish. Consuming the golden elixir sends liquid health coverage flowing through your veins - protecting you from unwanted exposure.
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