Super Antioxidant Foods: Limonene

Excerpt from Healthy Diet and Nutrition for Women

Another ally to help lower your total estrogen load is limonene, a compound usually found in citrus fruits, especially lemons and oranges. In addition to supporting glucuronidation, limonene also promotes healthy detoxification. Specifically, it has been shown to help prevent the development of estrogen-dependent breast cancer by stimulating detoxification enzymes in the liver.

A study published in Cancer Research tested to see if limonene could reduce or regress breast cancer in rats. Researchers fed a limonene-rich diet to rats that had developed breast tumors. They found that the rats that were given this diet had significant tumor shrinkage as compared to the control group. However, when the limonene was discontinued, the tumors reappeared. Additionally, researchers found that limonene inhibited the spread or metastasis of the cancer.

Limonene-Rich Foods include caraway, cherries, dill, lemons, oranges, mint and tomatoes.

To help reduce free-floating estrogen in your body, I also recommend taking 500–1,000 mg of limonene per day or every other day. Note: Women who are allergic to citrus should not take limonene. Additionally, while it appears to be safe and without toxicity, pregnant or nursing should not take limonene since no research has been performed that specifically examines its effect on fetal development.

Eat a wide variety of antioxidant rich foods for optimal health. The research on breast disease, both benign and cancer, as well as osteoporosis demonstrates the benefits of including a wide variety of high antioxidant content foods in your diet. Nearly 30 percent of American women suffer from fibrocystic breasts. And, it’s no surprise that the standard American diet is partly to blame.  Researchers have found that caffeine (coffee, black tea, cola, and chocolate), as well as excessive saturated fat and salt play a large role in the disease. Fortunately, by reducing or eliminating these foods from your diet and eating foods high in fiber, lots of antioxidant rich fresh fruits and vegetables, raw seeds and nuts, and flaxseeds and wild-caught seafood, you can reduce your risk for fibrocystic breasts.

According to a study from Nutrition and Cancer, women with breast cancer who ate higher dietary fiber and more vegetables and fruits that contained folate, vitamin C, and carotenoids had lived longer than those women who ate fewer foods containing these nutrients. Additionally, researchers found that those women who ate a diet higher in fat did not live as long as those who chose a lower fat diet. To reduce your risk for breast cancer, be sure to eat a high-fiber, low-fat diet rich in high antioxidant content vegetables, fruit, and lean protein. Similarly, women who eat a wide variety of antioxidant and alkaline mineral rich fruits and vegetables were found in research studies to have higher bone density. Antioxidants provide similar protection for heart disease and a variety of other conditions.

For more information about Limonene and other super antioxidant foods for women’s health see Dr. Susan’s Healthy Diet and Nutrition for Women available on AmazonAmazon-Kindle, and Womens Wellness Publishing.

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