Angelina Jolie’s surgeon Dr. Kristi Funk is urging women to UP their soya intake, and has provided other tips she believes will help women from developing breast cancer.
Speaking on Good Morning America, the doctor – who treated the Hollywood actress while undertaking a preventive double mastectomy in 2013 – says a diet rich in soya, cabbages and berries is essential.
Here’s what else she had to say…
Dr. Funk’s top tips on preventing breast cancer through diet
While talking about the side effects of soya Dr. Funk said: “It’s a myth, let’s bust it. I was part of the myth, telling you just stay away, better safe than sorry. Wrong, wrong, wrong.
“Five huge studies since 2009 show that if you consume whole food soy these are anti-oestrogens in your body.”
Foods Dr. Funk says are good to eat
Dr. Funk claims a diet rich in cauliflower, broccoli, kale, cabbage and brussel sprouts as well as antioxidant-rich berries, such as blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries, all have powerful anti-cancer preventing properties.
She also recommends adding turmeric to meals and drinks, eating Indian gooseberries, button mushrooms and buying organic fruit.
“There are 1.7 million invasive breast cancers being diagnosed globally this year. I promise you, over one million of them I know how to control and prevent,” she said on the U.S. talk show.
“It starts with diet. Diet, nutrition, exercise, obesity, alcohol – there’s so much we can control.”
Dr. Funk’s other top tips for preventing cancer are to use traditional soap bars instead of antibacterial soap, as she believes they contain less toxins, regularly dusting and vacuuming your home to get rid of toxins in the air and filling your house with plants, which she say helps absorb toxins in the air.
A 2002 study found that women that had a high diet of soy food had less dense breast tissue than those who had low soy diets – high dense breast tissue has been linked to breast cancer.
And a 2009 study with 5,000 Chinese breast cancer survivors found that those who consumed the most soy did better in the four years following diagnosis and treatment.
To eat soy or not to eat soy has been a HUGE topic in the health world for sometime. Even when it comes to weight loss success, we have seen many health advocates say YAY to soy…while some others say nay.
Soy however, has long been recognised, as a nutrient-dense food and has an excellent source of protein by respected dieticians and clinical nutritionist. Soy protein is a complete protein since it provides all of the essential amino acids for human nutrition.
It is always advised to use non-genetically modified (GM) soy due to chemicals.
Check your breast health
Being aware of changes in your breasts and understanding the signs and symptoms of breast cancer could help save your life.
Don’t forget the Breast Cancer Australia website is your go-to place in regards to breast help. It has a range of resources and information that can help you learn the possible signs of breast cancer.
If you have any concerns, we advise you see your GP as soon as possible.
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