Dietary Habits of Chinese Breast Cancer Survivors

What do Chinese Breast Cancer survivors have in common concerning their dietary habits?

They eat a lot of cruciferous vegetables.

This is the conclusion of a study conducted by the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and the Shanghai Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

What are Cruciferous Vegetables?

The Chinese women that were studied ate primarily
  1. Turnips
  2. Chinese cabbage or bok choy and their greens
  3. White broccoli
  4. And Brussels sprouts
Cruciferous Vegetables that are common in the US are
  1. Broccoli
  2. Cabbage
  3. Kale
  4. Collard greens
  5. Brussels sprouts
  6. Kohlabi
  7. Cauliflower
  8. Mustard greens
  9. Turnip greens
  10. Watercress and garden cress
Study Results

The researchers found that the amount of these vegetables that were consumed by Chinese women in the first 36 months after being diagnosed with breast cancer was associated with
  1. A reduced risk of total mortality
  2. Breast cancer specific mortality
  3. And a reduced risk of disease recurrence
The women who ate the most of these vegetable each day had
  1. A 62% reduced risk of total mortality
  2. A 62% reduced risk of breast cancer mortality
  3. And a 35% reduced risk of breast cancer recurrence
This is in comparison with the women who ate the least of cruciferous vegetables.

This study just adds to the growing amount of evidence that making cruciferous vegetables and dark green leafy vegetables the major part of your diet not only reduces your risk of breast and other cancers, but also is important for you overall health and fitness.



Vanderbilt University Medical Center: " Eating cruciferous vegetables may improve breast cancer survival "
Whole Foods: " Feeling Great with Cruciferous Vegetables "