Nutritional advice is the basis of Complementary and Alternative Medicine therapies. A recent complementary medicine research study has revealed that high fruit consumption during adolescence may result in lower incidence of breast cancer in middle-age.

The study carried out on 90,000 nurses for over a 20- year period who reported on their diet. The researchers found that high fruit consumption during adolescence (2.9 servings per day) was associated with approximately 25% lower risk of breast cancer diagnosis in middle age. The study further determined that higher consumption of:

  • Apple
  • Banana
  • Grapes
  • Oranges
  • Kale

significantly reduced breast cancer risk, but this did not apply to consumption of fruit juices.

These research findings confirm that intake of fruit and vegetables in adolescence are necessary lifestyle advice.