4 Foods That Fight Breast Cancer

By Maura Kelly

Organic forms of selenium, a trace mineral in plants and grain-fed animal protein, may guard against breast cancer by normalizing the body's circadian rhythms (the internal clock that regulates how many estrogen receptors -- often linked to the disease -- your cells produce). Get your beneficial daily dose, 55 micrograms, with the selenium-rich foods here and double down on their other health perks.

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3 ounces light, canned in oil: 65 micrograms selenium

Also contains: B6: helps the immune system Niacin: lowers cholesterol

Source: Helmut Zarbl, PhD, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Piscataway, New Jersey

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4 ounces, cooked: 43 micrograms selenium

Also contains: Iron: fights fatigue Protein: builds muscle

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Portobello Mushrooms

1 cup, grilled and sliced: 27 micrograms selenium

Also contains: Potassium: regulates heart function

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Low-Fat 2% Cottage Cheese

1/2 cup: 11 micrograms selenium

Also contains: Calcium: strengthens bones

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