Julia B. Greer, MD, MPH

Antioxidants and Cancer: How to Protect Yourself from Breast Cancer

Healthy Ingredients

Contributed by Julia B. Greer, MD, MPH, adapted from The Anti-Breast Cancer Cookbook.* Antioxidants are substances that may protect cells from damage caused by the unstable molecules known as free radicals. Damaging free radicals can come from many sources: sunlight, carcinogens in cigarette smoke and charred meat, chemicals such as benzene, and the heme iron found in red meat. Free radical damage to cells may lead to DNA damage, which can contribute to cancer risk. Antioxidants interact with and stabilize free radicals, thereby preventing some of the damage free radicals might cause. Examples of antioxidants include beta-carotene, lycopene, resveratrol, quercetin, anthocyanidin, vitamins C and E, and many other substances.

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Japanese Miso Cabbage Salad

Cabbages on wooden table

Enjoy the benefits of miso’s healthy enzymes and a nice fiber and protein boost in this delectable salad that can serve as a main dish or a side salad. Contributed by Julia B. Greer, MD, MPH, adapted from The Anti-Breast Cancer Cookbook.*
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