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How to Use Extra Virgin Olive Oil to Reduce the Risk of Breast Cancer 

 August 20, 2015

By  Gabriela

Breast cancer is one of the most frequent types of cancer in women and it is responsible for the death of more women than the rest of the cancers, except IFL Science.

There are many natural ingredients that can help women reduce the risk of developing breast cancer. Estrogen metabolism, free radical damage and breast density are some of the factors that significantly increase the chances of developing this type of cancer. On the other hand, ingredients found in the so-called Mediterranean diet, olive oil for example, can reduce these risk factors.

Olive Oil to Reduce the Risk of Breast Cancer

There are many articles related to the use of olive oil as a remedy and in this article we will talk about the role of olive oil in prevention of breast cancer and how to use olive oil to reduce the risk of breast cancer in the right way.

There are several scientific studies and reports that have described the ways in which olive oil can aid women to reduce the chances of developing breast cancer.

The European Study – Extra Virgin Olive Oil for Breast Cancer

A recent study published in the reputable European Journal of Cancer Prevention states that women who lived in the area around the Mediterranean Sea had significantly reduced the risks of developing certain diseases including cardiovascular diseases and cancers.

The study has shown that olive oil and olive are one of the main reasons why people were able to lower the risks. These products are rich in antioxidants or lignans to be more precise, and some other substances that can lower the risk factors linked to developing cancer.

The Spanish Study – Olive Oil and Tumor Cells

A scientific study conducted at the Catalan Institute of Oncology in Spain has provided even more information about the effects of olive oil and cancer growth.

This study was focused on isolation of a specific compound found in olive oil that singles out the so-called HER2 score compound in cancer tumors. The scientists have determined that certain compounds found in olive oil, like the aforementioned compound, are practically eliminated with the process of heating. This means that olive oil should be taken raw.

In addition, this study has shown that olive oil tries to destroy cancer cells and they also confirmed that Extra Virgin Olive Oil (also known as EVOO) consumption decreases the malignancy of cancer tumors.

The Greek Study – the link between Mediterranean Diet and Breast Cancer

Greek scientists have conducted a research which included about 15.000 women and the research lasted for one decade. They were focused on monitoring the eating habits of all these women and evaluating their habits on a scale between 0 and 9 in terms of closeness with the traditional Mediterranean diet.

The study has shown that women after menopause who practiced the Mediterranean diet which is rich in olive oil were able to reduce the risk of breast cancer by about 25%. Although, the practice of Mediterranean diet didn’t bring any changes of the risk factors in premenopausal women, the fact is that breast cancer is not very common in Mediterranean countries.

How to Use Extra Virgin Olive Oil to Reduce the Risk of Breast Cancer

Olive Oil and Breast Cancer – How Much to Take?

There is no doubt that hundreds of scientists from every part of the world are working hard to find cure or at least some progress in the field of breast cancer research. Whilst it is true that scientists are still not able to determine how exactly olive oil helps with the reduction of breast cancer risk, it is also true that the Mediterranean diet and extra virgin olive oil consumption can help to reduce almost all risk factors that contribute to the developing of breast cancer.

Start using olive oil in your diet today. Add two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil in your meals every day. You can add it to your salad, use it on meat, fish or vegetables before you start roasting or baking these meals.

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Via Healthy and Natural World

About the author 

Gabriela

A mom of two with a background in journalism, I took health into my own hands and started researching to find answers to my own health struggles. My research turned into a blog that turned into an amazing community (starring you!).When I'm not reading medical journals, creating new recipes, you can find me somewhere outside in the sun or undertaking some DIY remodeling project that inevitably takes twice as long as it was supposed to.

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