One of the simplest, most inexpensive ways to ensure you are taking preventative measures against cancer is to pay special attention to your diet. While high quantities of sugar and processed foods have been linked to cancer growth, natural whole foods containing vitamins and antioxidants have been shown to actually shrink cancerous tumours. Below are the top five foods to include in your diet for maximum cancer-fighting effects:
When chewed, cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, kale, beets, cabbage) release an antioxidant called sulphoraphane which has been proven to shrink cancerous tumours. It is important to remember that the antioxidant effect happens when the vegetable is cut or chewed; therefore, supplementing these important veggies in capsule form will not suffice.
This golden root forms the base of curry powder and is a staple in Indian cuisine and medicine; it is also one of the healthiest herbs on the planet. Turmeric contains curcumin, a powerful anti-inflammatory proven to interfere with the production of cancerous cells. Ginger root also contains curcumin, so add ginger to your curries for an extra punch of flavour and cancer protection.
Bountiful in summertime, berries are a delicious cancer-fighting treat thanks to their high levels of antioxidants and phytochemicals known to put a block on cancer development. Antioxidants work by neutralizing free radical molecules that might otherwise damage cells and lead to cancer or other diseases. All berries are a great source of antioxidants, but black raspberries may be especially protective.
4. Leafy Greens
Salads made from dark leafy greens such as lettuce, spinach, and collards are some of the most accessible sources of folate, also known as vitamin B9. Dr. Rachael Stolzenberg-Solomon, a cancer researcher, says, “The thought is that when someone has low levels of folate, it’s more likely for mutations in DNA to occur.” Folate is also found in peanuts, sunflower seeds, liver, dried herbs, asparagus and beans and bean sprouts.
The World Health Organization recommends adults consume at least a clove of garlic daily, and for good reason: garlic contains a rich compound of sulfur, amino acids, flavonoids and antioxidants proven to reduce cancer risk dramatically. Not only is garlic a delicious addition to most home-cooked meals, it protects the body against cancer through its remarkable antibacterial properties and its ability to aid DNA repair while blocking cancer-forming substances.