Drink Recipes for Preventing Breast Cancer
If you are looking for ideas for smoothies and other healthy drinks that can help prevent breast cancer, you have come to the right place! In this section of our Guide to Preventing Breast Cancer you will find drink recipes that call for foods that are thought to be particularly effective at preventing breast cancer. So, power up your Vitamix or NutriBullet (or whatever blender you're using), and enjoy!
In Scandinavia, blueberry soup is a popular treat that can be served warm as an appetizer or chilled as a dessert. But the benefits of blueberry soup extend far beyond its culinary use. In a laboratory test conducted by USDA researchers, wild blueberries were ranked number one in terms of antioxidant capacity over 40 other tested fruits, berries, and vegetables. The antioxidant activity of wild blueberries was shown to be even stronger than that of cranberries, raspberries, strawberries, plums, or cultivated blueberries.
This superfood smoothie features unsweetened cranberry juice, purple grapes, and organic strawberries, all of which contain natural compounds that, according to laboratory studies, have anti-cancer activity, in addition to a number of other beneficial properties. This smoothie also contains chia seeds which, according to these studies, may lower a woman's risk of developing breast or cervical cancer.
This recipe pairs mango with green tea to create a refreshing anti-cancer smoothie that is packed with antioxidant and anti-cancer compounds.
This anti-breast cancer smoothie recipe combines plump raspberries with resfreshing blood orange juice. Both raspberries and blood oranges get their red color from anthocyanins, plant pigments that have strong antioxidant and anti-cancer properties. To maximize its health-protecting potential, this recipe also uses flaxseed oil which provides alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a type of omega-3 fatty acid. ALA has been shown to induce apoptosis (self-destruction) in breast cancer and cervical cancer cells, without damaging non-cancerous cells.
This antioxidant-rich smoothie features red grape juice and raspberries, both of which are touted for their anti-cancer and cardioprotective properties. Sunflower seeds – which are packed with minerals and other nutrients – and turmeric powder – which is lauded for its anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial qualities – are added to the mix to further enhance its health-boosting power.
This smoothie combines blueberries and raspberries, two delicious berries that are at the top of the list of anti-cancer foods. And the best thing is, this anti-breast cancer smoothie is super easy to make: just put all the ingredients into a Vitamix or any other high-speed blender, and blend until smooth.
Catechins found in green tea have been shown to possess strong anti-cancer properties. This breast cancer fighting drink recipe uses loose tea leaves (instead of bagged tea) and advises a relatively long brewing time, both of which improve the release of catechins from green tea leaves. Lemon juice, rich in vitamin C, further improves the availability of catechins.
For more recipes that may help lower your odds of developing breast cancer, go to the main recipe directory of HealWithFood.org's Guide to Preventing Breast Cancer.
You may also be interested in exploring our pages dedicated to providing more general diet tips on how to reduce your risk of breast cancer. Be also sure to check out the list of the best foods for preventing breast cancer.