Preventing cancer one food at a time

In the beginning of 2016, it was estimated that there would be over one million new cancer cases within the United States in that year, according to the American Cancer Society. This statistic is one that is not only shocking, but tragic.

Cancer is often looked at as the plague of the century, with nearly every person knowing one or more people who have had or has the disease. Cancer is something many people fear, yet lack precaution and effort to prevent it.

Using information provided by “The truth About Cancer foundation (TTAC),” “Health.com,” and the “American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR),” it has been found that there are several ‘super foods’ which lower your risk for cancer.

There are several categories into which these particular food items fall, including: greens, vegetables, fruits, proteins, and spices/herbs. In addition to maintaining a fresh and healthy diet, there are also some foods in which you should avoid, containing cancer-causing chemicals. Ahead, you will discover the foods that contain the cancer-fighting qualities and the reason they are beneficial.

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Kale is a powerful green when it comes to fighting cancer. (photo from health.com)

Go Green

Leafy greens, such as spinach, kale, brussels sprouts, and collard greens are all great options when looking for a particular plant to keep you healthy. TTAC foundation emphasizes the benefit of spinach within your diet. It is said to have extremely beneficial vitamins, and minerals to help keep your body strong and healthy.

The benefit of this particular green is heightened with the fact that it is “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,” according to The Truth About Cancer foundation.

Kale, spinach, and other greens are also mentioned as some of the top cancer-fighting foods by the AICR.

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Tomatoes are an excellent source of  lycopene.(photo from bonnieplants.com)

Vegetables

While it seems obvious that vegetables be a part of our diet, it is important to know which ones add the most value to your effort of living a cancer-free life. Broccoli and tomatoes are seen as favorites within this category, as both TTAC, and Health.com, put these on their list of super foods.

Tomatoes include an antioxidant known as lycopene, which has been studied and found to prevent cancer cell growth in many types of cancer such as lung, prostate and endometrial; however, there is a catch. The most lycopene is ingested when tomatoes are cooked, as opposed to when they are raw.

Broccoli is another fantastic cancer-fighting food due to its high percentage of glucoraphanin and indole-3-carbinol. These are antioxidants that not only have been found to fight certain cancer cells such as breast cancer, but boost your body’s enzymes that protect your cells.

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Berries like strawberries and raspberries are ket to mainting a cancer-fighting diet. (photo from modernfarmer.com)

Fruits

Fruit is not only seen as a healthy and sweet alternative to junk food, but is a crucial element of a healthy diet and well-charged immunity. While citrus fruits are known to boost your immunity, berries are the largest named fruit category when it comes to those with cancer-fighting abilities.

Some of these powerful berries are strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, and acai berries. The reason these are so beneficial, is that they are all said to be full of phytonutrients, which slow the development and growth of cancer cells, as reported by Health.com. AICR, and TTAC.

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Walnuts are not only a great source of protein, but can aide in fighting cancerous cells. (photo from authoritynutrition.com)

Pack on the Proteins

While there are many foods considered to contain a high amount of protein, there are only a couple that do the trick when aiming to ward off evil cancer cells. Both the AICR and Health.com list nuts as a source of disease reducing proteins.

Walnuts in particular, have been found to block receptors that are responsible for the growth of cancer cells, more specifically in breast cancer. Health.com also states that this cell-blocking feature is known as “phytosterols (cholesterol-like molecules found in plants).”

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Turmeric is one of the latest trends when it comes to a healthy diet. (photo from authoritynutrition.com)

Spice it up

Turmeric and green tea have been found to be extremely powerful in not only preventing cancer, but also help fight cancer cells within those whose are receiving treatment, as stated by TTAC.

While green tea is actually an herb, it holds the same natropathic benefits as the turmeric spice. Dried green tea leaves soaked in water not only make a delicious drink but are often used as a daily form of cancer prevention. A characteristic known as catechins, found within the tea leaves, have been proven to prohibit cancer cell growth and reduce the size of cancerous tumors.

Turmeric is another wildly popular spice that is known for its active ingredient curcumin. According to Health.com “It stops the development of cancer by interfering with the cellular signaling aspects of the chronic disease.”

Foods to Avoid

Not only is it beneficial to know cancer-fighting foods but, it is also important to recognize foods that can increase the likelihood of cancer cell growth.

According to Health.com., animal fats and processed meats are important factors to avoid when aiming for a strong immunity. Excessive alcohol consumption can also lead to the formation cancerous cells.

Certain meats, cheeses, and butter, can contain a high amount of saturated fats, which is connected to obesity and poor overall health. Nitrates are a preserving agent found in processed meats which have been found to increase your chances of contracting esophageal or stomach cancer.

Maintaining a fresh and wholesome diet, while avoiding processed foods, can lead to a prolonged and healthy life. Taking care of your body can help the number of cancer cases per year decrease significantly.

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