The effect of cancer is both painful as well as devastating for both the sufferer and their family. Those who according to research are at risk of developing cancer are people with a family history of cancer, and those who expose themselves to the hash rays of the sun without sunscreen protection. Cancers can also develop as a result of our lifestyle like smoking and certain cosmetic products we use. While there is yet to be a cure for the disease, prevention, early detection and treatment still remains the key to surviving it.
As you well know, our diet plays an important role in our health and overall well being. It is interesting to know, however, that there are certain food items that help our body fight off cancer and prevent it, just as there are food items that build, repair, give energy and revitalizes our bodies. Therefore, it is pertinent that you know these foods that can prevent cancer. To maximize the benefits for yourself and your family; you should incorporate these foods and fruits into your meals and that of your family.
It is in the light of this that I present to you the following food items (they are mainly plant based) that when consumed fresh help fight cancer. They are quiet affordable and easy to get in grocery stores or your local farmer’s market. Some of them can even be grown organically in your backyard or garden. Awesome right? But as common as they may seem to you, they possess powerful antigens that can help your body fight cancer. Here are the top cancer fighting food items that you must include in your diet:
This juicy vegetable/fruit is a great source of lycopene, which has been found to stop the Endometrial cancer cell growth. What’s more, you can get the best out of tomatoes when they are cooked as heating it increases the lycopene content. It also helps prevent prostrate, stomach and lung cancers.
Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, cauliflower, radish and kale all fight cancer. However, among them, broccoli contains a larger amount of sulforaphane which is a great cancer fighting compound. Sulforaphane is very effective in boosting the immune system and eliminating cancer stem cells in the body that help tumours to grow. This vegetable helps the body fight breast, bladder, stomach, skin, prostrate, liver and lung cancers.
Walnuts are great in fighting off breast and prostate cancers. This is because of the presence of phytosterols in them. This compound slows down breast cancer cell growths by blocking estrogen receptors. Eating a good amount of walnuts daily is sure to do the magic.
All berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and cranberries) contain phytonutrients that fight cancers like colon, skin, oral and esophageal cancers. Black raspberry in particular contains a higher amount of anthocyanins that helps to slow down the growth of premalignant cancer cells and prevent new blood vessels from developing in order not to feed cancerous tumours. Add a daily dose of this fruit to your diet and always remember to eat your fruits fresh.
Consuming this wonder plant or adding it to your meals will prevent or completely stop nitrosamines and carcinogen formation in the stomach and intestines. It therefore, helps to prevent stomach, colon, breast and esophageal cancers. It is advisable to crush them before using them so as to release the helpful enzymes in them. Onion and leeks are also good anti-cancer vegetables.
Legumes like beans, peanuts, peas, lentils are all great antioxidants and they are high in protein and low in fats. Research has also revealed that black and navy beans help in the reduction of colon cancer and breast cancer. So, eat your way to good health.
All the above fruits and vegetables along with pomegranates, green tea, flaxseed and whole grains will help your body prevent and combat cancers. You should drink lots of water, avoid caffeine; reduce your intake of red meat and refined sugar because cancer thrives on sugar. So, go for natural sweeteners instead of refined sugar. In addition, good exercise, enough rest and proper stress management will do wonders to improve your health and general well being.