12 Super foods That Fight Cancer

By Refadoc, Posted on : Monday, 14 July 2014 - 1:19 pm IST

Every year around half a million people die of cancer in India. And the numbers are rising at an alarming rate. There are around 200 different types of cancer, but the most common ones in India are oral, cervical and colon cancer. Doctors and researchers around the world believe there are a few foods that can prevent cancer. Some foods also help in slowing down the development of tumour.

Here are 12 super foods that can fight cancer.

Garlic

Several researches show that people who consume high amount of garlic in their daily diet are at a lesser risk of having stomach and colon cancer. Garlic has anti-bacterial properties that works against Helicobacter pylori, a bacterium that causes stomach and colon cancer. It also has diallyl sulphide that slows the development of tumours. Include raw garlic in your daily diet with salads and curries.

Cruciferous vegetables

Vegetables like cauliflower, cabbage, turnips and broccoli have a compound called sulforaphane, which targets cancer stem cells. They are also rich in antioxidants that prevent some types of cancer. Include these vegetables in your everyday diet to get maximum benefit.

Berries

Berries such as raspberries, blueberries and strawberries are rich in vitamin C and dietary fibre that helps in preventing certain types of cancer. Berries also contain compounds called phytochemicals and phenolic compounds, which are proven to fight cancer.

Green Tea

Research has proved that drinking green tea regularly helps to lower the risk of cancer. Green tea contains antioxidants called catechins which are helpful in preventing certain types of cancer.

Tomatoes

Research has shown that having tomatoes can help to fight certain types of cancer such as lung, stomach, endometrial and prostate cancer. Tomatoes contain lycopene, an antioxidant that helps to prevent damage to cells which causes cancer.

Nuts

Nuts are undoubtedly super foods. Research proves that having a handful of nuts every day can reduce the risk of cancer to almost 50%. Nuts like peanuts, walnuts and almonds are packed with antioxidants, vitamin E and selenium. These are anti- cancer agents that not only reduce the risk of cancer but also slow the growth of cancer cells.

Grapefruit

Grapefruit is rich in vitamin C which helps to prevent the formation of nitrogen compounds that causes cancer. A diet rich in vitamin C has been linked with a reduced risk of stomach, cervix and breast cancer.

Turmeric

Turmeric which is an indispensable spice in Indian food contains a compound called curcumin. According to studies, curcumin helps in inhibiting the growth of certain cancer cells. Adding turmeric to your diet is a great way to reduce the risk of cancer.

Leafy Greens

Green leafy vegetables such as kale, spinach, mustard greens, lettuce etc. are an excellent source of fiber, carotenoids and folate. Carotenoids found in these vegetables can help in inhibiting the growth of certain types of cancer such as breast cancer and stomach cancer.

Seeds

Seeds like nuts are known cancer fighting foods. Flaxseeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds are a few types that are rich in omega3 oils, selenium and lignans, an anti-oxidant that has cancer fighting properties. These nuts are easily available. Toss them in salads or add them to shakes and smoothies.

Carrots

Carrots are rich in beta-carotene which helps in fighting certain types of cancer. Carrots can be included in the diet by adding them to soups, salads and even curries.

Fish

Oily fish like mackerel, sardines and salmon have omega3 oils and vitamin A, both of which are proven to have cancer fighting properties. Recent studies in the US have shown that people are less likely to have cancer if they include atleast 2 servings of fish per week.

These were some foods that help in fighting and preventing cancer. Incorporate these food into your diet to have a healthy life.

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