Breast Health Ingredients May Prevent Breast Cancer
femMED Breast Health is a source of nine ingredients for the provision of breast health support. These nutrients are delivered in an easy to swallow, vegetarian capsule. The ingredients include: Indole-3- Carbinol, Milk Thistle [Silybum marianum], Calcium D-Glucarate, Vitamin D, Stinging Nettle [Urtica dioica], Hydroxymatairesinol and Schisandra chinensis.
Indole-3 carbinol is a nutrient found in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, and kale. It has anti-cancer properties, aids in detoxification of estrogen, reduces the levels of free radicals, and protects liver function. It has been shown in preliminary research that it may prevent breast cancer (reduce estrogen-promoted cancers-cervical and breast). There are no known side effects.
Milk Thistle [Silybum marianum]
Milk thistle, an herb with a long history of use for liver and spleen disorders, contains a flavonoid complex called silymarin, which is responsible for its antioxidant, detoxifying, and liver health benefits. Research supports its use for the treatment of viral and alcoholic hepatitis, and liver cirrhosis. Preliminary research suggests that it might protect the liver against drug-induced toxicity caused by acetaminophen (Tylenol) and phenytoin (Dilantin). It is generally well tolerated; there are no known drug interactions.
A supplemental form of glucaric acid, which is a phytonutrient found in fruits and vegetables (apples, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and cabbage), D-glucarate helps the liver detoxify and eliminate excess hormones (particularly estrogen); it is used for the treatment of PMS, fibrocystic breast disease, uterine fibroids, and other conditions of estrogen excess; it is also used for prevention of hormone-dependent cancers of the breast and prostate. There are no known side effects; there are no known drug interactions. However, many drugs are metabolized in the liver and D-glucarate may enhance the elimination of certain drugs, requiring dosage adjustments.
Vitamin D is most potent in its vitamin D3 form. This vitamin exhibits the ability to reduce breast cancer development and growth both living organisms and in a controlled environment (test tube). Evidence from in vitro studies demonstrates that vitamin D3 can downregulate estrogen receptors as a mechanism of reducing breast cancer cell growth. Vitamin D3 also plays an essential role in thyroid function and can help reduce muscle cramping.
Stinging Nettle contains active ingredients which can decrease internal exposure to estrogens. This reduction in internal exposure to estrogens can promote healthy hormonal cell division and has been associated with decreased breast cancer risk.
Hydroxymatairesinol is composed of lignans from the heartwood of the Norway spruce, Picea abies. These lignans can inhibit or delay the growth of estrogen-dependent breast cancer. Overall, hydroxymatiresinol lignans may support breast health and buffer hormone fluctuations.
Schisandra chinensis contains lignans, which are a type of phytoestrogen. These phytoestrogens may have a protective effect on the initial development or growth of breast cancer by blocking the binding of estrogen to its receptor or inhibiting the local production of estrogens from circulating in breast tissue.