The health risks associated with sugar were broadcast into all our homes earlier this year when Jamie Oliver took the issue to number 10. The list of sugar’s crimes is endless; damage to our children’s teeth, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and high cholesterol to name a few. If that doesn’t convince us to cut it out, it’s also implicated in one of the biggest health concerns of the century. Cancer and specifically Breast Cancer.
It’s all down to hormones
We’ve long understood the risks of cancer involved with estrogen exposure to breast tissue.2 Put simply, estrogen is a sex hormone that develops female characteristics of the body. In order for estrogen to travel in the body safely, it needs to bind to a protein known as sex-hormone binding globulin (SHBG). Specifically, it’s unbound estrogen that’s linked to breast cancer. Particularly amongst
The benefits of Omega 3 for breast cancer prevention
The solution seems obvious. Cut down on sugar. But for many of us the metabolic damage from long term sugar consumption is much more complex and may require more support. There are a number of dietary measures to help target insulin resistance and its risks for breast cancer. Swapping refined carbohydrates for their complex alternatives is a good start. That’s
EPA and DHA Omega 3 reduces
risksof breast cancer by 14 percent.
However, the research on Omega 3 EPA and DHA fish oil is most exciting. A recent large scale review showed that EPA and DHA
The way it works is not yet fully understood. But it could be down to the beneficial effects of Omega 3 on insulin resistance. Our cell membranes are made up of these essential fats. They help to keep them flexible; important for effective cellular communication. Membranes are like cell doors; the more EPA and DHA they have, the more lubricated the hinges are. So substances can flow in and out easily. This is important for insulin resistance because cells stop responding effectively to insulin. They become desensitized causing high levels of the hormone in the blood. Good quality fish oil has been shown to help improve insulin sensitivity, helping to bring levels back down.6 Important for breast cancer prevention.
Kay Ali is Head of Nutrition at Bare Biology. She is a registered member of BANT and a Senior Associate Member of the Royal Society of Medicine.
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originally written for The Lifestyle Library.
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