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Recipes for Anti-Breast-Cancer Soups

Anti-breast-cancer soup, anyone? Making soups that rely on breast cancer fighting ingredients is easy. This collection of anti-breast-cancer soup recipes will get you started.

Apple and Onion Soup

This recipe combines apples and onions, two of nature's best sources of quercetin, a bioflavonoid that has strong anti-cancer properties. Studies have associated the consumption of both apples and onions with a reduced risk of many cancers.

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Wholesome Winter Pea and Watercress Soup

This super-healthy soup with a wonderful silky texture draws on the health benefits of watercress, a super food that has been used to treat a wide range of ailments for centuries. Recent research has shown watercress to be able to inhibit the activities of matrix metalloproteinase-9 which promotes the spread of breast cancer cells. These inhibitory effects of watercress seem to be attributable to the presence of 7-methylsulphinylheptyl isothiocyanates (MEITCs) and 4-methysulphinylbutyl (sulphoraphane) in watercress. Also the onion featured in this soup has anti-cancer properties.

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Tangy Tomato Soup with Basil

Not only basil, garlic and shallots lend their flavorss to create this savory soup, but they also offer numerous health benefits, especially for women who want to reduce their risk of breast cancer. Allicin, which gives garlic its characteristic odor, has been shown to slow down and prevent breast cancer, when consumed regularly. Population studies have also found that cultures with a high consumption of garlic (e.g. China, Japan, France) have a reduced risk of breast cancer. Shallots, on the other hand, are one of the best dietary sources of quercetin, a bioflavonoid that has anti-cancer, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties while basil is rich in flavonoids which provide antioxidant protection.

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Curried Sweet Potato Soup

This mouthwatering soup is jam-packed with nutrients that may help reduce the risk of breast cancer. Sweet potatoes provide an excellent source of beta-carotene and vitamin C as well as unique root proteins which, according to preliminary studies, may have significant antioxidant properties. Also garlic, onion, and curry powder contain substances that are known to possess strong anti-tumor and anti-cancer properties.

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Carrot, Tomato and Lentil Soup

Research suggests that women who eat lentils frequently have a significantly lower risk of developing breast cancer than women who seldom eat them. This effect may be linked to the high concentration of fiber found in lentils. In addition to fiber, this soup delivers plenty of allicin, an important cancer-fighting compound found in crushed garlic, as well as carotenoids (found both in carrots and tomatoes).

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Barley Soup with Beans and Basil

Barley is rich in lignans, phytonutrients that have been shown to reduce the risk of certain cancers such as breast cancer. Diets rich in beans have also been associated with a reduced risk of breast cancer.

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Red Cabbage Soup with Black Lentils

This dazzling soup can do much more than just inject color into your life; it features some of the most famous breast cancer combating ingredients such as red cabbage, garlic, broccoli, black beans, and onion.

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Grandma's Chicken Soup

A laboratory test has now confirmed what grandmas have known for years: chicken soup is good for you. The researchers found that chicken soup and its main ingredients help inhibit the migration of neutrophils — white blood cells that swallow up bacteria and viruses responsible for infectious diseases. Your neutrophil count lies somewhere between 3,000 and 6,000 neutrophils per milliliter of blood, but chemotherapy and some radiotherapy treatments can lower your neutrophil count, making you more prone to getting infections.

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Beet and Carrot Soup

This recipe combines beets and carrots to create an enticing soup that is rich in nutrients that help prevent breast cancer. Several studies have found betacyanin, a phytochemical responsible for beets' red-magenta color, to be highly effective at preventing cancer while carrots contain falcarinol, a compound that has been shown to inhibit the development of cancer.

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Broccoli and Barley Soup

Barley is rich in lignans, phytonutrients that have been shown to reduce the risk of certain cancers such as breast cancer. Broccoli is a true superhero functional food with wide-ranging activity. Broccoli is a particularly great addition to your anti-cancer diet, for example in the form of this delicious and highly nutritious soup. Broccoli contains some extraordinary compounds that have been shown to neutralize carcinogenic substances, reduce DNA mutation, induce apoptosis in breast cancer cells, help prevent benign tumors from turning into malignant tumors, and help prevent the spread of breast cancer to other organs. Further, there is evidence that broccoli may be able to prevent estrogen from stimulating the growth of breast cancer cells. Also barley is an excellent weapon in your anti-cancer arsenal as it is rich in lignans, phytonutrients that have been shown to reduce the risk of certain cancers, including breast cancer.

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Dairy-Free Spinach Soup

This delicious, vibrant green spinach soup draws on the health benefits of spinach. A study conducted in the UK in the 1980s found that women with a high intake of spinach generally have a lower risk of developing breast cancer.

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Nourishing Nettle Soup

Nettle—the star of this intriguing green soup—is rich in antioxidants such as vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, selenium, zinc, and flavonoids. Many of these antioxidants are known to have a synergistic effect and to protect each other from oxidation, thereby enhancing the overall antioxidant prowess of this healthy soup.

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Want More Recipes?

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 checking out the section that provides more general diet tips for preventing breast cancer. Be also sure to check out the list of the best foods for breast cancer prevention.