• Natalie Olson

Fight Cancer With These 10 Foods

More than a third of all cancers could be prevented by changes in diet and

exercise. One of the most important things you can do to reduce your risk is to lose

excess weight - and one of the best ways to lose weight is through a filling, fiber-rich

diet including plenty of fruits and vegetables.

But that's not the reason why the National Cancer Institute recently approved the

dietary guidance: "Diets rich in fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of some

types of cancer and other chronic diseases." These foods are packed with

antioxidants and other compounds that protect your DNA and fight free radical


Since these substances work synergistically, it's best to eat a variety of fruits and

vegetables rather than relying on one particular produce item to serve as a magic

bullet against disease. That said, recent studies have uncovered specific benefits in

the following foods that would recommend making them a part of any healthy


1. Tomatoes: Lycopene, also found in the watermelon and pink grapefruit, has been

linked to a lower risk of prostate, ovarian and cervical cancer. It also targets the free

radical that is implicated in lung and digestive cancers.

2. Broccoli sprouts: One forkful triggers a cascade of antioxidant activity that lasts

for days.

3. Berries: Blueberries, cranberries, cherries, raspberries, strawberries, grapes - all

rich in anthocyanins that repair and protect DNA.

4. Soybeans: Isoflavones such as genistein may help prevent and treat prostate

cancer and may reduce breast cancer risk

5. Tea: Both black and green contain powerful compounds shown in countless

studies to lower the risk of several types of cancer.

6. Pumpkin: This unsung super-food is a super-rich source of both beta-carotene

and alpha-carotene, two hard-working carotenoids that combat lung and ovarian


7. Spinach: Popeye's favorite may help ward off cancers of the liver, ovaries, colon

and prostate. The active antioxidant lutein is also found in kale and other leafy


8. Garlic: Allium veggies (which also include onions and scallions) work to get your

body's own antioxidant defense systems in gear. This process provides protective

benefits against stomach, esophageal and breast cancers

9. Pineapple: The enzyme bromelain may inhibit the growth of malignant cells in

both lung and breast cancer, while the phenolic compounds also provide a

protective benefit.

10. Apples: Can one a day help keep cancer at bay? Studies show quercetin may

reduce the risk of lung cancer and impede the growth of prostate cancer cells. Other

antioxidants together with pectin help halt colon and liver cancer cell replication.


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