Borscht is a time-honored and much-beloved soup made from beets and it comes to us from eastern Europe and Russia. It is famously served with a dollop of sour cream floating on top. There is just something profound about combining this warm hearty soup of deep red beets with cool ivory sour cream in all of its tangy splendor. And so, this is where we recommend you put our Vegan Sour Cream to good use.
To learn how powerful a medicine our borscht really is, and why it’s essential to include it in your breast cancer prevention tool kit, keep reading…
Let’s talk about bile acids and their relationship to cancer. Bile is a detergent manufactured by the liver and excreted into the intestine to help dissolve fats and get them absorbed into our bodies. The main component of bile is bile acids, which are made from cholesterol. But problematically, bile acids are converted into mutagenic secondary bile acids by gut bacteria. These dangerous secondary bile acids (SBAs) have been associated with the formation of colon and breast cancers (1),(2),(3),(4).
How do SBAs get to the breast? The SBAs are absorbed into our systemic circulation where they exist at very low levels. However human breast tissue selectively sequesters SBAs at up to a hundred times the concentration found in the bloodstream (5). It is in breast tissue where these SBAs are thought to have estrogen-like effects on promoting breast cancer growth (6).
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could help eliminate SBAs from our intestine in the first place? Enter our Breast Cancer Beeting Borscht!
Interestingly it is not just the fiber of the vegetables binding the SBAs. It’s the beet’s unique phytonutrients that make it a true champion (7). Can we possibly wring more SBA binding capacity out of the beet? Yes! We steam cook our beets, which further increases SBA binding capacity(8),(9). So remember to help yourself to seconds because our borscht beets bile acid butt!
What else can beets do? Binding SBAs and helping to prevent cancer is just one powerful way we have discovered that steamed beets help us. Every edible plant contains many natural compounds that are likely to benefit our health in a multitude of ways. That's why our dishes are designed to contain as large a variety of whole plant ingredients as possible.
Imagine if you were to combine a lot of different whole plants into a complete diet... you would access a powerful nutritional symphony with many players, capable of preventing and reversing disease. So strive to eat a large variety of whole plant foods daily, because they all work in concert and in so many wonderful ways, to bring us good health.
- Ron Weiss, M.D.