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66 Natural Anti-Breast Cancer Therapies

Written by Joe Cohen, BS | Last updated:

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This post is not saying that these things will cure cancer. We’re simply listing things that have some form of evidence for combatting cancer. This does not imply that you shouldn’t seek more conventional treatments if you think that they can help you. This list is complementary to whatever it is you’re doing, not a substitute.

Factors That Increase Breast Cancer Risk

For prevention, it’s important to see which factors raise the risk.

The quality of studies may vary, so I encourage you to read them. Many of them are conducted with animals.

Lifestyle factors That Increase Breast Cancer Risk

  1. Sleep deprivation [1]
  2. Shift work/Circadian disruption [2]

Hormones and Cytokines That May Increase Breast Cancer Risk

  1. Estrogen+ progestin [3] 
  2. Birth control [4]
  3. Leptin [5]
  4. IL-1 [5]

Dietary Factors That May Increase Breast Cancer Risk (at least in excess)

  1. High Fructose [6]
  2. Alcohol in postmenopausal [7]
  3. High saturated fat – Epidemiological study [8]
  4. High PUFA’s (mice) [9]

Toxins, Drugs, and Tests That May Increase Breast Cancer Risk

  1. Heavy Metals: Iron [10], Nickel [10], Chromium [10], copper [10], Lead [10], Cadmium [11]
  2. DDT [12]
  3. PCB’s [13]
  4. Epstein Barr Virus [14]
  5. Diethyl phthalate [15]
  6. Acrylamide [16]
  7. X-ray [17]
  8. Mammograms [17]
  9. Statins+postmenopause [18]

Natural Ways to Combat Breast Cancer

Lifestyle to Combat Breast Cancer

  1. Sleep [1]
  2. Exercise [19]
  3. Yoga-quality of life, affect [20]
  4. Melatonin [1]
  5. UVB (sun) [21]
  6. Vitamin D [22]

Diet to Combat Breast Cancer

I don’t advocate some of these foods such as the beans and legumes if you’re predisposed to autoimmunity or have chronic inflammation.

  1. Fish/Fish oil (EPA) [23], DHA (conjugated more effective) [24]
  2. Vegetables [25]
  3. Cruciferous veggies Benzyl isothiocyanate [26] + Sulforaphane [27] + DIM [28]+ D-glucarate [29]+ I3C (400mg for max benefit) [30]
  4. Diet: Fruits, veggies, fish, olive oil in postmenopausal [31]
  5. Grapes, tomato, green pepper [32]
  6. Flax [33]
  7. Vitamin supplements during chemo [34]
  8. Garlic (Diallyl disulfide) [23]
  9. Soy [35]
  10. Beans [36]
  11. Pomegranate/Ellagic acid (E+) [37]
  12. Black Raspberry (E+) [37], Blueberry (E+) [37]
  13. Lentils [36]
  14. Mung beans [38]
  15. Apples [39]

Supplements to Combat Breast Cancer

  1. Aspirin/Ibuprofen [40]
  2. DIM [28]
  3. Dglucarate [29]
  4. I3C [30]
  5. HCG [41]
  6. Lecithin [42]
  7. Plant sterols* [43]
  8. CoQ10 + B2 + B3 + Tamoxifen [44]
  9. Quercetin [45]
  10. Flavones [46]
  11. Adiponectin [47]
  12. EGCG [4845]
  13. Sulforaphane [27]
  14. Ginseng [49]
  15. NAC [50]
  16. Chinese skullcap [51]
  17. Turkey tail/Polysaccharide-K [52]/Polysaccharopeptide [53]
  18. Reishi [54]
  19. Apigenin [55]
  20. Beta carotene. Note: if you are a smoker, long-term high beta carotene supplementation can actually increase the risk of lung cancer [56, 5758]
  21. Astaxanthin [56], Canthaxanthin [56]
  22. Bamboo extract [59]
  23. Bicarbonate [60]


  • Antineoplaston [61]
  • Metformin [50]

About the Author

Joe Cohen, BS

Joe Cohen won the genetic lottery of bad genes. As a kid, he suffered from inflammation, brain fog, fatigue, digestive problems, anxiety, depression, and other issues that were poorly understood in both conventional and alternative medicine.Frustrated by the lack of good information and tools, Joe decided to embark on a journey of self-experimentation and self-learning to improve his health--something that has since become known as “biohacking”. With thousands of experiments and pubmed articles under his belt, Joe founded SelfHacked, the resource that was missing when he needed it. SelfHacked now gets millions of monthly readers.Joe is a thriving entrepreneur, author and speaker. He is the CEO of SelfHacked, SelfDecode and LabTestAnalyzer.His mission is to help people gain access to the most up-to-date, unbiased, and science-based ways to optimize their health.
Joe has been studying health sciences for 17 years and has read over 30,000 PubMed articles. He's given consultations to over 1000 people who have sought his health advice. After completing the pre-med requirements at university, he founded SelfHacked because he wanted to make a big impact in improving global health. He's written hundreds of science posts, multiple books on improving health, and speaks at various health conferences. He's keen on building a brain-trust of top scientists who will improve the level of accuracy of health content on the web. He's also founded SelfDecode and LabTestAnalyzer, popular genetic and lab software tools to improve health.

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