Cancer is recognized worldwide to be a major health problem affecting millions of people every year. Today the early combination of conventional medical treatment and nutrition therapy is able to save the lives of thousands of cancer patients. The American Cancer Society recommends for example: “That you eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables daily and eat the right amount of food to stay at a healthy weight.”
Good nutrition is a crucial weapon in the fight against cancer. Fruits and vegetables have less fat more fiber and more cancer fighting nutrients. These three elements help to support your immune system as well as help your body fight off cancer. A balanced plant based diet filled with a variety of vegetables, fruits, nuts, beans can help lower your risk for many types of cancer. Here are six foods that can each play a role in fighting one or more steps in cancer process.
Garlic: According to Iowa Women’s Health Study, women with the highest amount of garlic in their diets had a 50 percent lower risk of certain colon cancersthan the women who ate the least.Garlic is packed with cancer fighting phytochemicals. Add a clove of fresh crushed garlic to your meal and reduce the risk of breast, colon, stomach, esophageal cancer.
Turmeric: Turmeric is a common food coloring and flavoring in Asian cooking, it is also a potent anti-cancer super food that blocks cancer development in a number of unique ways. Turmeric can suppress tumor initiation promotion and metastasis.
Broccoli: Broccoli contains Sulforaphane that protects body’s protective enzyme and flushes out cancer causing chemicals. There is also evidence that broccoli may be effective at preventing specific cancer – for example – breast, lung, liver, skin, stomach, bladder cancers.
Tomatoes: Eating cooked or raw tomatoes are great ways to obtain vitamins, mineral and fiber. Tomato is the best dietary source of lycopene. Tomatoes give you the best protection against lung endometrial, prostate and stomach cancer.
Berries: Berries are the most powerful sources of antioxidants. According to the national cancer institute, antioxidants protect cell from damage caused by harmful molecules called free radicals. Enjoy a variety of berries like blackberry, strawberry, blueberry, and reduce the risk of colon oral skin cancer.
Carrots: Carrots provide cancer carotenoids like beta carotenoid, which converts vitamin A when needed by body. The anti-cancer benefits of carrot have been best researched in the areas of colon cancer.
Nuts: Several studies have linked nuts consumption with health benefits, such as reducing the risk of heart disease, diabetes, but now studies show they may also cut your risk of getting cancer. Nuts contain high amounts of poly phenol, phytochemicals that have antioxidant properties. The growing evidence suggests that adding nuts to your diet is a good idea, especially if you use them to replace less healthy snacks.
Mushroom: The ancient Egyptians believed eating mushroom brought long life. Mushroom has cancer fighting ingredients such as lectins and other unique proteins, glucose and other special carbohydrates. Three population studies show that women who eat an average of one button mushroom a day have half the risk of breast cancer than women who do not eat mushroom.
So we should try to minimize the amount of processed food we eat. Eat an apple instead of drinking a glass of packed apple juice or enjoy a handful nut instead of nut cookie. As researchers are always finding ways to war against cancer, many have begun to focus on what could be the most promising assumption to date- “Diet”
The Writer is a Renowned Cosmetologist and Dermatologist from: Surecell Medical [BD] Ltd.