Cholesterol Feeds Breast Cancer Cells

NutritionFacts .org
NutritionFacts .org
23 Jun 2020

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DESCRIPTION: Cholesterol appears to stimulate the growth of human breast cancer cells, which may explain why phytosterol-rich foods such as pumpkin seeds are associated with reduced breast cancer risk.

If cholesterol increases breast cancer risk, what about the use of cholesterol-lowering drugs? That's the subject of my next video, Statin Cholesterol Drugs and Invasive Breast Cancer (

Other foods I mentioned protective against breast cancer include:
• Broccoli (Broccoli vs. Breast Cancer Stem Cells and Breast Cancer Survival Vegetable
• Soy (Breast Cancer Survival and Soy and BRCA Breast Cancer Genes and Soy
• Flax seeds (Flaxseeds & Breast Cancer Prevention

Some I didn't mention include:
• Nuts (Tree Nuts or Peanuts for Breast Cancer Prevention?
• Greens (Preventing Breast Cancer by Any Greens Necessary
• Mushrooms (Breast Cancer vs. Mushrooms
• Sea vegetables (Which Seaweed Is Most Protective Against Breast Cancer?

More on phytosterols and there they're found in:
• How Phytosterols Lower Cholesterol (
• Optimal Phytosterol Dose (
• Optimal Phytosterol Source (

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