What are Some 0f the Best Foods for Preventing Cancer? Actually there are many and today we will cover just a few. We will extent this to a second list in future articles as they are or should be a very important part of our diets.
It seems like every time you open the newspaper or read health sections online that one food or another can be linked to causing cancer. Knowing this, we should be able to put together a diet that will categorically prevent cancer from every rearing its ugly head. Right? Well, not quite. Unfortunately, as much as we are able to link certain foods with cancer, it’s somewhat more difficult nailing down those superfoods that can actually prevent cancer. However, that’s not to say we are clueless. In fact, quite the opposite. There are several foods that have shown themselves to have preventative possibilities when it comes to cancer. So what are they? Let’s have a look at 8 of the most popular.
One of the more well-known cancer battling foods is simple garlic. Studies have long suggested that garlic, as well as causing that familiar stinking breath, has other influences on the body. This includes increasing the speed at which your cells can repair themselves, prevent cancerous cells from forming and even kill them dead in their tracks! As it turns out, a smelly breath is a relatively small price to pay for such wondrous benefits! The real benefit comes from raw garlic. When you add garlic to a stew, soup or roast and cook it, you are adding flavor but losing its powerhouse. When adding garlic to soups or stews, try adding a little extra just a minute or two before serving so that it has not been over cooked. Try adding just a little raw garlic to your salads for maximum benefit.
Broccoli, along with other similar vegetables like cabbage.brussels sprouts and kale, has been linked to a number of cancer preventing benefits. The secret is in the specific nutrients, or “phytochemicals” that broccoli and similar vegetables contains. These nutrients cause a reaction in the body when consumed, resulted in protective enzymes being activated. These enzymes actively work to prevent cancerous cells from forming. They can be cooked but adding them raw to a salad is even better. For the most benefit, use them as near the time they are harvested as possible.
We might specify strawberries here, becuase generally organic strawberries and raspberries also display similar cancer fighting qualities. Those qualities, put simply, boil down to a rich concentration of antioxidants and other nutrients that assist the body in generating cancer preventing enzymes. As with many ailments, the best defence we have against most diseases is our own bodies. Blueberries, and other berries, help boost our own body’s defences against cancerous cells. However, if you are following a ketogenic lifestyle, berries such as these are a special treat and only eat a few at any one time because they are heavy in sugar and to much will kick you out of ketoses.
When most people hear spinach, they think Popeye. The truth, however, is not so different. While eating your spinach might not result in instant muscles, or at lease it hasn’t for me, it may well help in contributing towards a healthy body that actively fights cancer formation. This is thanks to the carotenoids that spinach is rich in. These carotenoids act like bouncers at a club – they identify “free radicals” that look to be potentially problematic to your system, and remove them from the body. This is a key preventative measure, and one that has been shown to help in reducing the threat of cancer. Spinach is a great item to add to your salad, and fresh green salads should be part of your daily meal plan.
For some of us, turmeric might not be as well know as say garlic but if you have every eaten curry there is a 99 % chance that you have eaten turmeric. It is the herb that gives most mustard’s their color. It is also a cancer fighter. Turmeric’s active ingredient is a compound called curcumin. Curcumin has been shown to help prevent several forms of cancer including breast, lung, stomach, liver, and colon because of its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It helps stop the development of cancer by interfering with the cellular signaling aspects of the chronic disease. You can purchase it as a root much like ginger (only smaller) or in power form. Sprinkle it lightly in soups, stews or on a salad. I will also share a recipe for turmeric tea in an article on teas on the blog in the near future.
Many different studies confirm that ginger has anti-metastatic properties that inhibit many types of cancer, including breast, colon, rectal, liver, lung, prostate, pancreatic, and melanoma. These anticancer properties of ginger have been found to activate molecular mechanisms that cause cell suicide in cancer cells by activating a pro-apoptosis gene. There are many well known ways to add ginger to our diet and I will be continue to add recipes with ginger to our website as we address our fight against cancer together.
Black pepper contains the antioxidant piperine. In a study conducted at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center it was shown that black pepper when mixed with turmeric, inhibited growth of cancerous stem cells in breast tumors. I do not believe they are talking about grocery store black pepper that has been sealed in a can for months. The best black pepper is when you grind your own just before using it.
According to a study done by the University of California at Los Angeles School of Medicine cayenne pepper, or more specifically capsaicin, can slow the growth of prostate cancer cells, and may also have the ability to destroy them. If you enjoy spicy food add a shaker of ground cayenne pepper to the kitchen table next to the pepper grinder.
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