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By: - at September 23, 2013

Top 15 Foods for Fighting Cancer

Cancer Free FoodCancer is the second most common cause of death in the United States and it is high up on the list of causes of death for the rest of the western world. The American Cancer Society says that about 1,660,290 new cases of cancer are expected to occur in 2013 and 580,350 Americans are expected to die, which averages to about 1,600 people a day.

The exact cause of cancer is unknown, genetics, radiation, lifestyle factors, pollution, and other factors have all been attributed to causing the disease. Many toxins in everyday life, including those in food packaging, water, the atmosphere, and more can cause cancer. You don't need medicine or anything fancy in order to fight against cancer, you just need the right diet and lifestyle choices. The body's immune system is powerful and can protect you from many diseases if given the right fuel. When you eat a healthy diet full of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and seeds, you will provide your body with the building blocks it needs to remain healthy. Here is a list of some foods that are powerful in the battle against cancer.

15)  Tea
Many people enjoy having a cup of tea every day and now you can feel good about that habit. Both black and green teas contain important phytochemicals that help protect the body against many cancers. Tea is rich in polyphenols, flavonoids and kaempferol, which are basically very powerful antioxidants. These flavonoids help to reduce the oxidative level that can damage cells, promoting longevity and health. Tea is the best source of catechins, another type of  flavonoid, which is also a powerful cancer fighter. Green tea has three times as much catechins as black tea, making green tea the best type of tea in fighting cancer. Lab studies have demonstrated that green tea can slow and even prevent cancer development in the colon, liver, breast and prostate cells. Other studies have shown similar effects in tissues of the lung, skin, and digestive tract. Although both black and green teas have these powerful antioxidants and other phytochemicals, when you add milk to your tea it can damage the antioxidants and lessen their power to fight toxins as well as the carcinogens that cause cancer. Next time you are looking for a nice relaxing warm beverage, just brew yourself some tea and aid your body's fight against cancer as well as other diseases. You can go here to learn how to make green tea healthy.

Drinking Tea to Prevent Cancer

14)  Figs
Figs are a very nutritious food and make for a great snack. They have benzaldehyde, which shrinks tumors, and they are rich in vitamins A, C, calcium, magnesium as well as potassium. Vitamins A and C are antioxidants that fight free radicals, which cause cancer in cells, as well as boost the immune system. Figs have a lot of fiber that helps rid the body of waste and toxins, which prevents colon cancer. They been shown to lower blood pressure, improve heart health, help with diabetes, fight against bacteria, aid with eye health, help with digestion and more. Most figs are found dried, which make them an easy snack. Figs have long been considered a treat in many parts of the world due to their sweet taste, so you can feel like you are eating candy but still have a nutritious snack at the same time. If you eat a fig once a day your body will thank you and you will decrease your chances of getting cancer.

Fresh and Dried Figs Can Fight Against Cancer

13)  Carrots
Carrots have been praised as being good for your eyes for ages but they are also good for fighting against cancer. Drinking carrot juice has been shown to raise the levels of carotenoids in the system, which may keep cancer from recurring. Carrots contain zeaxanthin and lutein, which are powerful caratoenoid relatives that prevent damage to healthy cells. They are extremely rich in an antioxidant called beta carotene that is a precursor to vitamin A. Beta carotene is the same antioxidant that improves your eye health and has been shown to reduce many types of cancer through fighting the free radicals that can cause damage to cells. In addition to beta carotene, carrots contain fiber that has been shown to prevent colon cancer. By eating carrots you will also be getting lots of important vitamins and minerals for your overall health, such as: your eyes and mucus membranes. Vitamin A is important for overall eye health, it helps prevent macular degeneration, it helps keep your skin youthful and prevents aging. You can get all these powerful antioxidants and other phytochemicals easily through eating carrots. You can also drink carrot juice and still get many of the same benefits as long as it is pure carrot juice that does not have a lot of additives, especially sugar. Add carrots to salads, cook them in a dish, munch on them as a midday snack and they go great with a bit of hummus in place of unhealthy veggie dips.

Carrots Can Prevent Cancer with Phytochemicals Vitamin A Vitamin C

12)  Mushrooms
Another cancer fighting food is the mushroom and almost any kind of edible mushroom will help prevent cancer due to lentinan, a polysaccharide that helps your immunity. Polysaccharide provides your immune system with the power to prevent cell damage as well as kill off any cancerous cells before they have a chance to cause damage. Another compound in mushrooms is lectin, which attacks cancerous cells and prevents them from multiplying. Mushrooms are rich in antioxidants, which fight free radicals and toxins that can cause many types of cancers. They are high levels of vitamin D, which is an essential vitamin that has been shown to aid in fighting cancer. In addition to cancer-fighting properties, mushrooms have been shown to help with your cognitive function and keep you healthy. Every variety has particular health benefits but they all share similar compounds that will help fight disease and keep you healthy. You can easily add mushrooms to your diet via salads, pizza, pasta, and many other dishes. Just be sure not to pick these fungal plants yourself unless you are an expert on mushrooms because some varieties are poisonous.

Edible Mushrooms that Help Prevent Cancer

11)  Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes have become popular recently for their numerous health benefits and they are a great source of beta-carotene, folate, vitamin C as well as fiber; all of these important nutrients have powerful cancer-fighting abilities. Folate protects the DNA in the cell nucleus, keeping the cell healthy. Cancer occurs when cells become damaged, often through the DNA. If you protect the DNA then you protect the cell from becoming cancerous. Vitamin C is an antioxidant essential for your overall immune health that includes fighting against any carcinogens. Sweet potatoes are full of fiber and studies have shown that an increase in fiber intake can reduce the risk of developing colon cancer. You can eat them in a variety of ways much in the same manner as any potatoe even though they have a different taste. You can make fries out of them, eat them as a baked potato, make many casserole dishes, and more. During the winter, sweet-potato soup makes for a healthy and delicious way to warm yourself up.

Sweet Potatoes Can Help Prevent Cancer

10)  Avocados
Avocados are truly an amazing super food. They contain many important vitamins, minerals and micronutrients that prevent as well as fight cancer. Glutathione, a powerful antioxidant, fights against the creation of cancer cells and blocks the intestinal absorption of fats. Avocados also contain a large number of carotenoids, which have been shown to prevent cancer. The healthy fat levels in avocados improve the absorption of the carotenoids, increasing the bioavailabity and allowing them to work better. The fat levels also increase the absorption of all antioxidants, which are necessary for fighting oxidative stress and free radicals in the body. Avocados are rich in lutein, oleic acid, vitamin E and fiber, all of which aid in the body's fight against cancer. Studies have linked vitamin E with lowering the risk of prostate and breast cancer because it turns off the ability to reproduce, so cancer cells cannot replicate. Additionally, vitamin E forces cancer cells to go through apoptosis, where they die, while keeping normal cells alive. The nutrients in avocadoes do not just prevent and treat cancer, they also help to keep you healthy. You should add avocados to your diet because they are easy to prepare and are nutritious. Slice up a fresh avocado and add it to sandwiches, salads, egg dishes, vegetable dishes and so much more. Fresh homemade guacamole also has cancer fighting properties, especially if it includes peppers and tomatoes because those are other powerful cancer fighters.

Advocadoes Help Fight against and Prevent Cancer

9)  Peppers
Peppers aid the fight against cancer due to capsaicin that neutralizes cancer-causing substances and prevents cancers, including stomach cancer. Capsaicin also causes cancer cells to die, and inhibits the growth of tumors.  The capsaicin in peppers also provides an anti-inflammatory effect on the body, inflammation is the body's signal for disease and problems. Chronic inflammation can sometimes lead to cancer and other diseases. Through eating foods rich in anti-inflammatory properties, like peppers, you can prevent inflammation problems. Bell peppers, the peppers with the least amount of capsaicin, are also rich sources of vitamin C that helps boost the immune system. Believe it or not, eating peppers also improves your digestive system. With so many health benefits, you should definitely find a way to add peppers to your diet. You do not have to get too spicy because there are many varieties, like the bell pepper, that are not spicy but have some capsaicin. You can add peppers to a variety of dishes and give a little kick to the taste while preventing cancer.

Peppers Help Fight Against Cancer


8)  Grapes
The antioxidants in grapes, like  flavonoids and resveratrol, have recently made the news. Red grapes are the richest source of resveratrol, which inhibits enzymes that stimulate cancer growth and suppresses immune response. Ellagic acid, another important compound found in grapes and many other fruits, blocks enzymes that are necessary to the formation of cancer cells and can slow the growth of tumors. You can find these important antioxidants in fresh grapes, grape juice and wine. However, the grape juice has to be real juice and not concentrate that is mainly sugar. Grapes are so easy to add to your diet, you eat them as a snack by themselves or add them to a salad. You can also get creative with grapes, by adding them to pastas and other dishes. All types of grapes are rich in cancer-fighting antioxidants but red grapes are the best.

Grapes and Wine Help Fight Cancer

7)  Oranges
Oranges are another fruit that help fight cancer and they are well known for their high level of vitamin C. Vitamin C is an important antioxidant for the body's immune system, which helps to fight any carcinogens. Additionally, vitamin C is great for the skin. Oranges are rich in limonene, which stimulates the cancer-killing immune cells and stimulates the natural detoxification of the body that gets rid of any toxins or carcinogens before they have a chance to cause real harm. Through eating oranges you are giving your own immune system the power it needs to fight the cancer invaders, while keeping your own cells healthy and alive. Oranges are not the only citrus fruit with such powerful abilities; lemons, limes, grapefruit and other fruits in the citrus family also demonstrate similar abilities.

Oranges Can Help Fight Cancer


6)  Flaxseed
Flaxseed caught on recently as an important part of your diet because is a rich source of plant protein along with other important nutrients like lignans. Lignans are antioxidants that block or suppress cancerous changes, meaning they do not allow your cells to turn into cancerous cells. Flaxseed is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to protect against colon cancer and heart disease. It is also high in vitamin E that turns off a cancer cellsí ability to reproduce and replicate, causing it to die. Flaxseed contains a bunch of fiber, which helps fight against cancers of the digestive system. It contains many other vitamins, minerals, and essential nutrients for your body. Adding flaxseed to your diet will aid in overall health and well-being. You can easily add flaxseed by sprinkling ground flaxseed on cereal, in an organic smoothie, into a peanut butter sandwich or as an alternative to flour for baking recipies.

Flaxseeds Fight and Prevent Cancer

5)  Kale
Kale is another popular super food, it has more iron and calcium per calorie than milk and is also a good source of vegetable protein. Leafy green vegitables and kale are full of essential vitamins, minerals and micronutrients. Kale is a rich source of indoles, which are nitrogen compounds that stop some estrogen sensitive tissues from converting into cancerous cells. Indoles are great at preventing cancers that are estrogen sensitive, like breast cancer. An important photochemical in kale, isothiocyanates, suppresses tumor growth and blocks the cancer-causing chemicals from reaching their targets. Kale is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, fiber, folate and carotenoids like lutein, zeaxanthin, as well as flavonoids. All of these compounds help to strengthen the immune system and fight against free radicals plus toxins, which can cause cancer in the body.  Although kale is the favorite in fighting cancer, any leafy green vegitable will have a similar effect. In fact, leafy greens like kale, collard greens, chard, spinach and more are some of the most nutrient dense foods you can eat. You should find ways to incorporate leafy greens into your diet daily, the easiest way is through eating a salad but you can also add them to many vegetable dishes and more. Many people add kale and other greens to smoothies to boost the nutrient quality. You can also juice kale even though you will lose some of the nutrients, like the fiber, through juicing.

Kale and Kale Juice Help Prevent Cancer

4)  Raspberries
Raspberries are another important fighter against cancer, numerous studies have shown that eating a diet rich in raspberries shrinks tumors,  prevents cancer and treats it. A study at Clemson University demonstrated that raspberry extracts destroyed 90 percent of cancer cells. Most of the studies attribute the antioxidants found in raspberries for their success in fighting and preventing cancer. Raspberries are one of the richest sources of anthocyanins, powerful antioxidants that protect the body against cancer. Raspberries are also rich in ellagic acid, which has also been shown to successfully fight against cancer. Other berries offer similar cancer fighting properties due to having the same antioxidants in different levels however, raspberries have been shown to have the best cancer fighting abilities.  You can eat  raspberries plain as a snack, add them to cereal, salads, healthy baked goods and smoothies.

Raspberries Can Help Fight Cancer

3)  Garlic
Garlic contains many important compounds that strengthen your immune system, helping to fight against cancer and numerous diseasesr. It is a rich source of the immune enhancing allium compounds called diallyl sulfides, which increase the number of immune cells that can fight the cancerous cells. It also ends up indirectly breaking down the cancer causing substances as well as preventing cancer cells from taking hold in your body. Diallyl sulfides, which are found in garlic oil, make any carcinogens in the liver inactive, so that they do not harm the liver or any other part of the body. In fact, many of the properties in garlic actually block carcinogens from entering your cells. Eating garlic has been shown to slow tumor growth, fighting cancer that might already be in your system. Studies have also shown a lower risk of stomach and colon cancer in those who eat garlic in a direct proportion where the more garlic eaten, the less risk of cancer. Garlic also contains other powerful cancer fighting phytochemicals, such as: quercetin, allixin. It also contains organosulfur compunds, including alicin, alliin as well as allyl sulfades that have been shown to slow or stop the growth of tumors. Eating garlic will not only help prevent cancer or slow the growth and help treat any existing cancer, it also helps to ward off other diseases. Garlic is easy to add to many dishes, although you want to be sure to use real garlic and not just a garlic flavoring.

Garlic Helps Fight and Prevent Cancer

2)  Tomatoes
Tomatoes are truly a super food that should be added to your diet because they have so many different nutritional benefits due to their high amounts of lycopene, a vitamin A derivative, and powerful antioxidants that attack free radicals. They also prevent oxidative stress that can lead to cell damage and cancer. Studies have shown that you can cut the risk of cancer by 70 percent through eating at least seven servings of tomatoes a week, largely thanks to their high amounts of lycopene. They also are rich in vitamin C, which prevents cellular damage. Tomatoes have numerous other important vitamins and minerals and they are easy to add to your diet. They do more than prevent cancer, they help with heart health, diabetes, osteoporosis and protect your skin from the damaging rays of the sun. You can add tomatoes to salads and sandwiches although lycopene is concentrated by cooking it. Additionally, the redder the tomato is the more lycopene it has.

Tomatoes Can Help Prevent Cancer

1)  Broccoli
Broccoli is one of the best foods to fight against cancer because it contains indole-3-carbinol, which can actually convert cancer-promoting estrogen into a protective variety that helps with breast cancer. Broccoli is full of the photochemical called sulfroraphane, which induces production of the enzymes that stop the growth of tumors, deactivate free radicals and stop carcinogens that can cause cancer. Just like kale and other leafy greens, broccoli is a rich source of numerous vitamins, like: vitamin A, vitamin C as well as  various minerals. With all the powerful nutrients in broccoli, you should definitely add it to your meals via eating it raw with hummus, in salads, steamed or in vegetable dishes.

Broccoli Can Help Stop and Fight Cancer

Final Words
Eating foods rich in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, minerals,  folate, vitamin D, vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E will aid you in the fight against cancer. In addition to eating these fifteen powerful cancer-fighting foods, look to cut out food that could cause cancer, such as: unnatural red meat, chemicals and other carcinogens can be harmful to your health.





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