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KHQ.com - October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we thought we'd take a look at some foods that researchers have found to be beneficial in the fight against breast cancer.

1.) Blueberries. Blueberries are loaded with antioxidants, including cancer-fighting chlorogenic acid and anthocyanin pigments. As far as a food's antioxidant power, blueberries are the highest of any fruit or vegetable. 

2.) Broccoli. One compound thought to inhibit cancers is sulforophane, and broccoli is full of it. According to MSN, research suggests that sulforophanes stimulate the body's own cancer-fighting enzymes, which slows the rate of breast and prostate cancer cell growth.

3.) Garlic. It does more than taste delicious and make your breath smell bad. Scientists have found that allyl sulfur and other compounds in garlic slow the growth of tumor cells. 

4.) Beans. "The magical fruit." Well, legume anyway. Scientists have said that women who eat legumes at least twice a week have lower rates of developing breast cancer that those who eat beans less frequently. So not only do you get your fiber, you also get the benefits of the antioxidants in their skin (especially black beans). 

5.) Flaxseed. Canadian researchers found that woman who already had breast cancer and who ate two tablespoons of ground flaxseed every day slowed their rate of cancer-cell growth. 

6.) Mushrooms. According to experts, mushrooms actually contain more antioxidants than pumpkins, carrots and tomatoes. Portobello, cremini, button, and shiitake mushrooms all have anti-cancer properties. A study published in the International Journal of Cancer found that women who ate 10 grams of mushrooms per day were 64 percent less likely to develop breast cancer. 

7.) Salmon. Studies done over a 5 year span showed that women who ate an average of 1.5 to 3 ounces of fish or shellfish a day were 26 percent less likely to develop breast cancer. 

8.) Spinach. Popeye's favorite food should also be yours! Spinach is rich in antioxidants betacarotene and lutein. Researchers say if women who ate spinach more than twice a week had lower rates of breast cancer than those who didn't eat the vegetable. 

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