Carotenoids may reduce the risk of breast cancer.

DSC_7628A study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute has shown that carotenoids may reduce the risk of breast cancer.  Carotenoids are micronutrients found in fruits and vegetables.  Data was pooled from 8 cohort studies that measured the level of carotenoids in the blood of over 3,000 women with breast cancer and nearly 4,000 women without breast cancer.  Women with the highest levels of carotenoids had a lower risk of breast cancer, especially estrogen receptor negative (ER-) breast cancer which usually has a poorer prognosis. What are your favorite dietary sources of carotenoids to recommend to the patients?

For more information, please read the abstract in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

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