12 Foods that Fight Cancer

Blueberries in Glass Jar with Flower Decoration

There’s no magic food or diet that can guarantee a cure or prevent cancer. However, lifestyle factors including your diet can make a difference in lowering cancer risk /or the disease developing. Some cancer risk factors, such as genetics and environment, are out of your control, but research suggests that about 70% of your lifetime risk of cancer is within your power to change, including your diet.

Limiting alcohol, avoiding cigarettes, getting regular exercise are all great steps for preventing cancer. But…. Adopting a healthy diet plays a vital role! There are different healthy diets, and one of the Healthiest isBlack Soup Bowl, Casserole & Colorful Vegetables – a traditional Mediterranean Diet (read more…). 

If you have a history of cancer in your family, making small changes to your diet can make a big difference to your long-term health. If you’ve already been diagnosed with cancer, your healthy diet can help support your mood and strengthen your body.

12 FOODS THAT FIGHT CANCER

There are natural foods available in your local market that are cancer-fighting. Add some of these healthy foods to your diet to help prevent cancer and keep other diseases at bay.

1/ BLUEBERRIES

Fresh Blueberries in Wood Bowl, on Table

BLUEBERRIES are an excellent source of vitamins C and K, manganese and dietary fiber. These Superfoods contain antioxidants compounds like polyphenols, including ellagic acid and anthocyanins that may reduce and repair damage to cells.  Blueberries may also boost your immune system.

Blueberries may fight skin, bladder, lung, and breast cancer.
Ways to enjoy this Superfood: Toss your blueberries into yogurt, smoothies, cereal, and salads or stir them into muffin or pancake recipes.

Eat blueberries that are fresh, frozen or dried.

2/ BROCCOLI

Single Stalk green Broccoli

BROCCOLI is known as a cruciferous vegetable (like kale, cauliflower, or cabbage), high in phytochemicals and the antioxidants glucoraphanin and indole-3-carbinol, which have been proven to reduce the risk of breast, gastric, and prostate cancers.  It’s also anti-inflammatory, good for your bones and heart, and a great addition to a healthy eating plan.

Ways to enjoy broccoli: Try broccoli in a salad. Eat this veggie raw or lightly steamed because they lose powerful phytochemicals when overcooked.

3/FLAXSEED

Energy bars with Flaxseed and other Seed

FLAXSEED contains an antioxidant called lignans, which may help the body rid itself of carcinogens, and omega-3 fatty acids, which are believed to reduce inflammation and boost the body’s immune system.

Flaxseeds may combat colon, breast, skin and lung cancer.

Get your fill: Try cooking or baking with flaxseed meal, flour, and oil (all found at health food stores) or sprinkle ground flaxseed on cereal, oatmeal or salads.

4/ GARLIC

Organic Garlic Bulbs and Garlic Cloves

GARLIC contains powerful antioxidants like allicin, proven to remove free radicals from your body. It also boosts immunity, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels, improves brain function, and is a natural detoxifier.

Garlic may fight stomach, esophageal, breast, lung and colon cancer.

Get your fill: You can add it to homemade salad dressings, dips, pasta sauces, and soups. You can also sprinkle it on pizza.

5/ POMEGRANATE

Healthy Fruit Red Ripe Pomegranate

This fruit contains more antioxidants than green tea and red wine combined!  The impressive antioxidant pomegranate properties are effective against many health conditions, such as atherosclerosis, arterial and heart inflammation, etc. Read more…

Recently, City of Hope researchers identified six chemicals in the pomegranate that suppress aromatase — a substance in the body that helps produce estrogen. About 70 percent of breast cancers need estrogen to grow, so pomegranate is a prime candidate as a breast-cancer-blocking Superfood. Other scientists have detected two substances in the fruit that may fight both colon cancer and Diabetes.

6/ HERBS & SPICES (turmeric, rosemary, gingerroot, etc.)

Turmeric and Ginger Root Powders

HERBS AND SPICES have been used as folk medicines for thousands of years. A few of the most promising herbs and spices regarding cancer combat are turmeric, rosemary, and ginger.

Turmeric is the yellow-colored spice found in curry powder. It contains the anti-inflammatory & antioxidant compounds and may help prevent cancer. In laboratory animals, turmeric (curcumin) has been shown to help prevent cancer of the breast, colon, stomach, liver, and lung.

Rosemary is a wonderful, fragrant herb that also contains the antioxidant compounds. Laboratory studies have shown that rosmarinic acid can protect against cell damage and prevent DNA fragmentation.

Gingerroot has a spicy flavor that works well in both savory and sweet dishes. This one root contains more than 50 antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds, and some of these phytonutrients have been shown to suppress the growth of cancer cells and tumors in laboratory studies. It is not a miracle food but is an incredibly healthy addition to a cancer-fighting diet.

7/ LEGUMES (chickpeas, lentils, etc.)

Lentils and Other Healthy Legumes

They may be tiny, but legumes such as chickpeas, beans, and lentils pack a big nutritional punch. Lentils contain saponins and phytic acid, which lab studies reveal may prevent the reproduction of cancer cells. Fiber too can decrease a risk of colon cancer.

Legumes may fight colon and stomach cancer, among others
Get your fill: Top salads with lentils and chickpeas (previously cooked or steamed), or add these Superfoods to your delicious, healthy soups.

8/ SOY

Healthy Soybeans and Soy Milk

Extensive research over the past 25 years has identified soy as an extremely healthful food source, rich in protein, healthy fat, vitamins, and minerals, but low in carbohydrates. In addition to reducing the risk of breast cancer,  soy is also reported to reduce “bad” cholesterol, and lower the risk of heart disease. Soy is found in foods such as tofu, tempeh, soy milk, soy nuts…

Ways to enjoy Soyfoods: Pour soymilk over your morning cereal,  fortify a glass of orange juice with soy protein powder,  make soy-yogurt, snack on soy nuts…

9/ SPINACH

Fresh Spinach ready for Your Salad

This Leafy Green offers incredible health benefits with vitamins, minerals, and Omega-3 fatty acids that your body needs to stay strong. It contains bio-chemicals called flavonoids – at least thirteen discovered so far – that soak up damaging free radicals and flushes them out. Particularly rich in folate and fiber – two elements that doctors believe are essential to cancer prevention – make spinach one of our favorite cancer-fighting foods.

Ways to enjoy spinach: In omelets, salad, as spinach smoothie, spinach dip, etc.

10/ TOMATOES

Single Fresh Red Tomato on White Background

Tomatoes get their bright red color from an antioxidant called lycopene, which can protect cells from damage and kill those that aren’t growing properly. They also may protect skin from cancer by absorbing UV light.

Tomatoes may fight breast, lung, endometrial, skin, prostate and mouth cancer

Get your fill: Cooked or processed tomato-based foods – juice, sauce, paste, soup, have the most lycopene and allows your body to absorb it more easily.

11/ WALNUTS

Walnuts in Green Ceramic Bowl

We know that Walnuts can be one of the healthiest Superfoods when consumed in moderation. Walnuts are high in healthy fats, fiber, protein, antioxidants, and minerals. Their consumption has been associated with lowering risk for heart disease, gallstone, diabetes in women, lowering general inflammation, lowering the risk for some cancers etc. Read about the health benefits of eating walnuts…

Walnut is a great healthy snack! Other ways to enjoy this Superfood: Sprinkle chopped walnuts on cereal or yogurt, toss walnuts into a salad, top fruit or crackers with walnut butter, add walnuts to brown rice, and so forth.

12/ WHOLE GRAINS

Whole Wheat Grains Bread, Whole Wheat Grains

People who get their fill of whole grains have a 21%-43% lower risk of cancer than those who eat little to none, according to a study from the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota.

Unlike refined grains, whole grains have the bran and germ layers, which are packed with antioxidants and other nutrients. They also contain fiber, which, when fermented in the colon, may produce substances that protect cells from cancer-causing agents.

Whole grains may fight breast, colon and stomach cancer.
Get your fill: Bake with whole-wheat flour and have oatmeal for breakfast. Eat sandwiches made with whole-wheat bread.

This was a List with 12 Foods that Fight Cancer. These Superfoods are certainly not the only ones that combat cancer. Find more Superfoods HERE… Have a look at my Printable Superfoods List (Health Map).

Eating for cancer prevention depends on knowing which foods can damage body cells and which foods can protect cells from damage.

FOODS TO AVOID / OR LIMIT:

1/ Processed & Red Meats

2/ Salty Foods

3/ Meat Cooked at High Temperatures

4/ Fast Food

5/ Alcohol

6/ Sugar

7/ Fat

 GOOD FOODS TO CHOOSE – FOODS THAT ARE RICH IN:

Fresh, Colorful Fruit in two White Bowls

1/ Antioxidants

2/ Vitamins and Minerals (Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Beta-carotene) 

3/ Healthy/ Omega-3 Fatty Acids

4/ Phytonutrients

5/ Fibers

Read more HERE….

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