Home Health Breast Cancer: Soybeans and Cruciferous Vegetables to Reduce Treatment Side Effects

Breast Cancer: Soybeans and Cruciferous Vegetables to Reduce Treatment Side Effects

New study published in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment on Monday suggests diets high in soybeans and cruciferous vegetables (cabbage, broccoli, kale) may reduce treatment-related side effects in women with breast cancer like hot flashes or night sweats.

soy
Glucosinolates, sulfur compounds in cruciferous vegetables, would play a favorable role in inflammation and estrogen levels, thus reducing the side effects of treatments. 

If continuing to practice physical activity during and after illness is essential to reduce fatigue, limit the loss of muscle mass induced by cancer treatments and help with the side effects, the diet is also a way to consider, suggests a study conducted by researchers at the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center in the United States from 365 women who have survived breast cancer .

Hormone therapy: soy consumption associated with fewer side effects

They found that those who consumed the most soy products (milk, tofu, edamame, miso) up to 865 grams per day and green vegetables from the cruciferous family (kale, red cabbage, kale, cabbage broccoli) had fewer side effects such as hot flashes or night sweats generated by estrogen-blocking therapies ( hormone therapy ). In particular, soy has been associated with less fatigue and slightly less joint pain, hair loss or memory.

According to the researchers, the isoflavones contained in soy (natural chemicals from plants that act in the body similarly to estrogen) and glucosinolates (sulfur compounds) vegetables probably play a role in the inflammation and estrogen levels thus mitigating side effects.

More studies are needed before advocating soy consumption

These beneficial consequences were significantly observed in white women while they were not noticeable among participants of Chinese origin who already consumed twice as much soy and cruciferous food as other women before their cancer, the authors of the study say.

Western European countries consume only about 2 to 16 mg of isoflavones daily compared with 66 mg in most oriental regimens.

Thus, researchers are cautious and do not advocate a radical food shift including this type of ingredients in large quantities if they were not already part of eating habits before the disease.

These studies, which require further investigation on a larger sample and in the longer term, reveal for the moment the benefit of taking soy and cruciferous vegetables long before the cancer is declared as well as its continuation during and after treatments.

14,249FansLike
3,451FollowersFollow

NEWS JUST IN

Comedian Desagu promises greater content as he makes YouTube’s top five Comedians in Kenya

Online comedian Henry Desagu has promised his fans to expect even greater content after he made it to YouTube's list of top five Comedians...

Eric Omondi teases with new movie, sets release month

Hilarious and celebrated self-proclaimed President of Comedy Eric Omondi has revealed his new movie Early Man will premiere this month. The former Churchill Show comedian who has...

Maina Kageni reacts to Babu shooting DJ Evolve

Maina Kageni took to social media commenting on the Babu Owino, DJ Evolve gun drama. Babu shot the DJ early Friday morning at B...

Ashley Young signs a six-month deal with Inter Millan

Manchester United’s Ashley Young has signed a six-month contract with the Serie A side Inter Milan with the option for further extension; the club...

“He always avoids fights,” friend to DJ shot by Babu speaks

A friend to the shot DJ by Babu Owino has given insight at what DJ Evolve was like. A Twitter user has emerged speaking...

Babu Owino’s friend talks of events before the shooting

Babu Owino's friend Kelvin Okwiri has revealed what transpired the night of the shooting. According to Kelvin, the Embakasi member of parliament's security team...

Abel Mutua roasted by fans after he trolled Kate the actress’ BMW

Kate the actress took to social media to flaunt her new BMW gifted by her hubby Phil Karanja. She was over the moon as...

Online comedian Kartelo lands radio show

It seems to be another good year for online sensational comedian and TV show co-host Kartelo who has landed a new radio show dubbed...
Loading...