- Written by Suzy Cohen Suzy Cohen
Few things are more painful to bear than a diagnosis of breast cancer and all that goes with it.
I have three close friends who are breast cancer thrivers today, although my mother-in-law died from it. The suspicious spot on her scan did not receive follow-up imaging, and by the following year, it was too late. She died in 1996. I miss her, but I get to love her son.
We’ve learned so much since then. I will share the new research now. There is a more comprehensive version of my article with more tips at my website (www.suzycohen.com).
1. Bone loss treatment may need to be reevaluated. According to a paper published in Medical Hypothesis (2010), alterations in the serum-calcium-to-magnesium ratio could lead to increased development of new as well as recurrent breast cancer (due to low magnesium levels, relatively speaking).
The paper states, “Most women with hormone-sensitive breast cancer are recommended to take aromatase inhibitors, which cause bone loss, and thus are generally prescribed calcium and vitamin D, but not magnesium.”
So when you take high amounts of calcium all by itself for osteoporosis, it may be better for you to add supportive minerals, such as magnesium and/or vitamin D. Talk to your doctor.
2. Natural folate from salads and greens is incredible for you. Eating folate-rich foods appears to reduce breast cancer risk. This was determined when researchers evaluated the diets of 367,993 women recruited from 10 European countries.
The researchers used data from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) study. Eating a diet rich in dietary folate may be associated with a lower risk of sex hormone receptor-negative breast cancer, at least in premenopausal women.
3. There are natural SERMs (selective estrogen receptor modulators). SERMs can block estrogen-mediated breast cancer growth and help to maintain bone density in postmenopausal women. You know the drugs as tamoxifen (Nolvadex) and raloxifene (Evista) and others.
A paper in Phytomedicine 2016 found that rhodiola rosea acts a bit like a SERM by binding to estrogen receptors, counteracting TNF alpha and protecting bone cells (osteoblasts) from hydrogen peroxide.
You should discuss the risks and benefits with your physician, but it seems that with SERM activity, natural rhodiola might help mitigate or delay menopause-related discomfort and support breast health.
4. Eating rosemary is powerful. This herb contains natural compounds, such as rosmarinic acid, that are protective of our reproductive organs.
Another spice called spica prunellae (xia ku cao in Chinese medicine) contains this rosmarinic acid. There are studies on rosmarinic acid that are important to breast cancer survivors; for example, one found it can slow or inhibit bone metastasis from breast cancer.
There are more tips at my site. For now, consider putting rosemary sprigs in everything you eat. It’s easy, simple, and provides many other health benefits.
This information is not intended to diagnose, prevent, or treat your disease. For more information about the author, visit www.SuzyCohen.com