Want to boost your cancer fighting power? Making changes to your diet can be one of the best defenses in the war on cancer. Food can stop cancer growth, fight cancer cells, or help the body resist cancer in the first place. Here’s how:
- Anti-cancer foods block the body’s natural process that leads to inflammation, which fuels cancer growth.
- Some nutrients have the power to cause the death of cancer cells through a process called apoptosis.
- Still other foods help the body beat cancer cells by getting rid of toxins and free radicals that cause cancer.
To stock up on the natural substances that fight cancer, doctors recommend you cut out saturated fats and eat more plant-based food. Gulp. Does that mean no more hamburgers? All of the following have been proven to contain cancer-fighting agents. Read on to start planning your menu:
Folate can help prevent against mutations in DNA that may lead to cancer.
Add to the grocery list: Orange juice, spinach or dark romaine lettuce, peas and beans, peanuts asparagus, and Brussels sprouts.
Vitamin D has been shown to stop the growth of cancer cells. A recent study shows vitamin D can lower the risk of breast cancer by up to 50%. It may also help lung cancer patients recover.
Add to the grocery list: Milk, eggs, seafood like cod or shrimp. Soaking up 10 minutes of sunshine can give your body more than enough vitamin D as well.
Tea contains helpful cancer-fighting agents: polyphenols, flavonoids, and kaempferol. Women who consumed flavonoids in tea were almost 50% less likely to develop breast cancer. Kaempferol has been shown to lower the risk of ovarian cancer, and polyphenols are a powerful antioxidant that helps kill cancer cells.
Add to the grocery list: Hot or iced, green, black or white—enjoy your favorite kind of tea year-round.
Cruciferous vegetables have a cancer-killing effect on prostate and colon cancer.
Add to the grocery list: Kale, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and turnip greens.
Curcumin is a spice used in Indian food. The zesty powder fights inflammation, which is a main contributor to cancer-causing cells.
Add to the grocery list: Search the spice rack in the grocery story for this bright yellow spice and sprinkle it on your food.
Ginger tricks cancer cells into digesting themselves in trials using mice. Researchers hope the ginger root will be able to fight off gynecological cancers like ovarian cancer one day.
Add to the grocery list: Fresh ginger can be shredded into soups or stir fries.
Fish is a good meat substitute. The risk of several kinds of cancers is lower in people who eat fish twice a week.
Add to the grocery list: Small fish (sardines and anchovies) are high in omega-3s and low in environmental toxins. Wild salmon is a good choice as well.
When in doubt, remember that a diet rich in colorful veggies and fruit and low in processed food is always a good start to healthy eating! For more information on a healthy diet, cancer screenings, or other health questions, visit us online or call 1-817-87PLAZA (817-877-5292).