10 Foods To Support Cancer Risk Reduction
- Posted on: Oct 22 2018
If there was something that you could do to minimize your risk of receiving a cancer diagnosis, wouldn’t you want to get started right away? Diet and nutritional intake have a great deal to do with cancer risk reduction, so I’m going to share 10 foods that you can add to your diet to help prevent cancer and lead to a healthier, happier YOU!
Top 10 Foods For Cancer Risk Reduction:
Arguably the #1 anti-cancer food. It is most commonly used in East Indian Cuisine. Non-coincidently, the Eastern Indian population have one-fifth as many cases of breast cancer as the US. The active ingredient in Turmeric is Curcumin. It is most well known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidative properties, and it has the ability to promote healthy cell function and potentially kill dangerous cell growth.
Garlic contains 2 active ingredients that include cancer-preventing properties – allicin and allyl sulfur. Studies have shown that garlic can lower the risk of developing all types of cancers; specifically breast, colon, stomach, intestinal, and prostate cancer.
Berries contain high amounts of ellagic acid, which many studies have shown to inhibit the formation of tumors. Some of the most beneficial berries to consume are black raspberries, cranberries, pomegranates, and blueberries.
CRUCIFEROUS (DARK GREEN) VEGETABLES
Cruciferous vegetables contain glucosinolates and an enzyme called myrosinase. When we chop or chew up these vegetables, these two chemicals mix to create a powerful antioxidant called isothiocyanates (ITCs). Studies have shown that ITCs are able to help prevent tumors by assisting the body in detoxification. Unfortunately, dark greens account for less than 1% of our Western diet; however, I recommend incorporating as many cruciferous vegetables (such as kale, cabbage, collards, and broccoli) into your diet as possible.
On top of being delicious, these teas contain polyphenols, which inhibit both the VEGF & HGF proteins that contribute to tumor growth. Green/White teas are suspected to be particularly effective at helping to prevent prostate and breast cancers. In Japan, where green tea consumption is high, prostate and breast cancer rates are about three times lower when compared with the United States.
CAPSAICIN (FOUND IN PEPPERS)
Capsaicin is the chemical found in various hot peppers that makes them spicy. It is shown to help prevent cancer by specifically blocking an element called NF-kappa Beta, which promotes the growth of cancer cells, as well as working to stimulate apoptosis (cell death) of cancer cells. According to the Scoville Scale, which measures the level of capsaicin in peppers, Habanero peppers are among the best. However, if you can’t take the heat, pure capsaicin is also available in pill form as a supplement.
Nuts contain proanthocyanidins, a class of flavanols that actually starve tumors and prevent cancer cells from dividing. The nuts with the highest levels of proanthocyanidins are cashews, hazelnuts, pistachios, almonds, & walnuts. A word of caution with nuts: store them in a dry, cool place (ideally the refrigerator or freezer) and do not keep them for more than a few months before eating. This is to prevent them from becoming rancid and causing free radical damage, which can cause more harm than good.
Research has shown a relationship between a high fiber diet and lower chances of colorectal cancer. Besides lowering the risk of colorectal cancer, a high fiber diet can also reduce the risk of breast cancer by binding estrogen in the bowels, thereby lessening the estrogen effect in the cells of breast tissue. Kidney beans, garbanzo beans, and navy beans are some of the best sources of soluble fiber. Beans are also good sources of folate, magnesium, potassium, and protein!
MUSHROOMS (PARTICULARLY SHIITAKE, MAITAKE, & REISHI)
Mushrooms, in general, have very potent molecules that support your immune system, which is one reason why they’re so beneficial for both preventing and treating cancer. In a study on rats with sarcoma, the rats experienced complete tumor regression after being given high doses of shiitake mushroom extract. Mushrooms are also rich in protein, fiber, vitamin C, B vitamins, calcium, and minerals, and are excellent sources of antioxidants.
FOODS HIGH IN ALKALINITY
Cancer thrives in an acidic environment and cannot survive in an alkaline environment. Cancer cells make your body even more acidic as they produce lactic acid. Eating foods that are highly alkaline can help to prevent an overly acidic environment in your body. Some of the most alkaline foods you could consider eating regularly are Celery, Cucumber, Fennel, Almonds, Wheat Grass, & Spinach.
Eat Your Medicine!
There are many amazing and wonderful health benefits to organic, whole foods. If we stay away from the processed foods in boxes, wrappers, and cans, we can certainly expect to see vast improvements in our health. Health tip: stick to shopping the outer edge of the grocery store for the most healthy and less-processed foods.
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