What 9 Anti-Cancer Foods Could Already Be In The Fridge?Angela Banker
As we come to the end of October and the overabundance of pink explosions, I’ve come to realize that we spend so much attention on bringing awareness to breast cancer — more than we do on how to prevent cancer. Don’t get me wrong, I still like the pink movement, but more as a reminder of the amazing support that is sent to the sisterhood and to my own personal successes as a survivor.
Looking at the world around us, we find contaminates everywhere. It can be in our food, in the containers that hold the food, fumes from burning materials, and more. It’s hard to escape it all.
My husband (helping me write this with his expertise) often has said that many people will develop cancer cells, but they are killed by the immune system. He’ll tell me that our genes can load the gun, but it’s our environment that pulls the trigger. What if we could disarm that gun by the foods we eat? I would certainly be all for it. The internet is full of information on nutrition and cancer. The following nine foods are the most commonly sited anti-cancer foods.
Full in EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) and catechins, green tea can help fight cell damage. Green tea is not processed much before you drink it, therefore it is full of the antioxidant catechin.
Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, and collards fall in this category. These veggies are rich in the anti-cancer chemicals diindolylmethane, sulforaphane and the element of selenium.
Dark Green Vegetables
Chard, spinach, and beEt greens, as well as vegetables from the cruciferous family are beneficial to our health and cancer prevention. They carry beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin which are powerful antioxidants.
Many of us love a good piece of chocolate; however, we’re talking about real dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa. Cocoa contains anti-oxidants, polyphenols, and catechins.
Berries are high in polyphenol antioxidants. They inhibit tumor growth.
Ginger and Tumeric
These roots are great anti-inflammatories. They slow cancer growth; in fact, the curcumin in turmeric can kill cancer cells quickly – as proven in laboratory studies.
Many people who have cancer have been known to be low in Vitamin D. Vitamin D reduces the risk, but it is not known why. Foods that contain Vitamin D have very small amounts. This is one case where a supplement might be an easier option.
Folic acid has many cancer prevention properties. You can often find folic acid in leafy greens and asparagus.
You can put just about anything into a smoothie and make it taste good. Include many of the above and you can have one powerful drink.
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