Cancer is one of the most threatening and chronic health problem known to humans. It is a systemic disease that may be caused due to poor diet, toxin exposure, nutrient deficiencies and even genetics. Anticarcinogenic foods are the easiest way to avoid the risk of developing cancer to eat a nutrient-dense diet and avoiding doing/eating things that make you vulnerable to this disease.
Let’s take a closer look at the foods that may help fight cancer:
Exceptionally rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and enzymes, leafy veggies are still low in calories, fats, sodium and other toxins. These are also easy to digest, provide a lot of fiber, and help detox your body at the cellular level.
Cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower, cabbage, garden cress, bok choy, broccoli, Brussels sprouts etc. possess anti-carcinogenic properties. You can add them to your daily meals in the form of roasted/ stir fried veggies, soups, or simply dip them into hummus or any homemade dip for an instant healthy snack.
Blueberries, raspberries, cherries, strawberries, goji berries, camu camu and blackberries are rich in antioxidants. They supply vitamin C, vitamin A and gallic acid, a powerful anti fungal/anti viral agent that increases immunity. They also have anti ageing properties.
Brightly colored fruits and vegetables are rich in phytochemicals and antioxidants. Citrous fruits like oranges, lemons, peaches, and grapefruits are beneficial in the fight against cancer. Carbohydrate rich vegetables like sweet potato, carrots, beetroots etc are also linked to a reduced risk of upper gastrointestinal tract cancers.
Turmeric is one of the most powerful ingredients for an anti-cancer diet because it has curcumin which has been shown to reduce the size of tumors and help in fighting colon and breast cancer. Other herbs that boost immunity are ginger, raw garlic, thyme, cayenne pepper, oregano, basil and parsley.
Cultured dairy products contain probiotics that maintain the bacterial balance in the gut. They are also a great source of calcium, which when combined with Vitamin D3, may reduce the incidence of cancer by 35- 60%. Calcium works efficiently in fighting/ preventing cancer and rectal cancers.
Chia seeds and flax seeds are two of the most nutrient-dense seeds to exist. They contain fiber, omega-3 fatty acids and a wide range of essential minerals. Hemp seeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts, brazil nuts and almonds are also beneficial and packed with healthy fatty acids.
You might find it useful to replace refined and hydrogenated oils with quality oils, like flax oil, extra virgin olive oil, and coconut oil. Flaxseed contains essential omega-3 fatty acids that can help energize your cells. Olive oil contains phytonutrients that seem to reduce inflammation in the body. It may reduce the risk of breast and colorectal cancers.
Hundreds of mushroom species exist and all are known to be immunity-enhancers. Reishi, cordyceps and maitake, in particular, are the species that can boost the immune function, fight tumor growth and help in cell regeneration.
Regular consumption of green tea can help reduce cancer risk. Green tea contains major poly-phenolic compounds, including EGCG or epigallocatechin-3-gallate, which have been shown to inhibit tumor invasion, thus arresting the tumor growth and metastasis.