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Breast Healthy Smoothie

Breast Healthy Smoothie

Author: Westchester’s B3H+® Nutritionist Team  

Every woman can achieve her breast health (pun intended) with this whole-food, nutrition-packed smoothie. When it comes to nutrients and ingredients that have been scientifically researched to help fight breast cancer, this smoothie serves a big punch.

For instance, pomegranates have been shown to prevent or slow the growth of certain types of breast cancer, and the bioactive component of turmeric, curcumin has an anticancer affect in breast tissue. Blackberries contain anthocyanins, which are powerful cancer fighting antioxidants. And flaxseeds are also considered a must for breast health and prevention. Flax seeds contain a rich source of dietary lignans, which is a type of phytoestrogen. For years health experts speculated whether these phytoestrogens had an effect on a woman estrogen levels, and whether they were safe for people with a history of estrogen receptor positive cancers. But researchers went to work and found that up to 2-3 tablespoons of lignans in flaxseeds daily decreased risk, cell and tumor growth in breast tissue. Flaxseed lignans and flax oil also help to increase the rate of cell death within the breast tissue, even for ER-positive cancers.

Try incorporating this delicious, fresh smoothie into your day as a meal replacement which not only supports your healthy lifestyle and waistline but works to prevent and support healing within.

 Ingredients:

1-2 scoops B3H+® Lean Body Protein

1 cup. Pomegranate juice

1 cup water

1 cup kale (or spinach)

1 teaspoon flax oil

1 tablespoon ground flax meal

1/2 tablespoon chia seeds

1/2 cup fresh/frozen blackberries

½ tsp turmeric

Ice (optional)

Instructions:

Add all ingredients to blender and blend until thick and creamy, approximately 1 minute. For best consistency, start with wet ingredients first, then add dry and other ingredients.

References:

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