If you could prevent cancer with just eating a nutritious diet, wouldn’t you consider it? It definitely couldn’t hurt to add superfoods to your diet – especially if they taste great! Keep reading today’s guest blog post by Emma Sturgis and add these delicious foods to your grocery list.
No one wants to have to face cancer, and there are a few simple ways to reduce the risk for being diagnosed with cancer. With some cancers being preventable, it is worth it to take every measure possible to do so. You can increase your odds of preventing cancer by incorporating cancer-busting superfoods into your diet.
Here are five foods to incorporate into your healthy diet:
Berries are packed with cancer-fighting vitamins. The large quantities of vitamin C in berries can stop some tumors from growing. Strawberries are great for incorporating vitamin C, while blueberries are full of phytonutrients. Blueberries’ phytonutrients help prevent cancer cells from multiplying. In raspberries, the ellagic acid also prevents cancer cells from multiplying.
Lycopene in tomatoes is a cancer-fighting antioxidant. Lycopene blocks free radicals and boosts the immune system. Oddly enough, tomato products that have been processed, such as tomato sauce or tomato paste, contain a larger, more concentrated dose of lycopene. Additionally, the carotenoids reduce instances of certain types of cancer.
Studies have suggested that an increased intake of garlic may be effective in reducing the risk of cancer. Garlic has organosulfur compounds that help fight or slow the growth of tumors. Several studies have been done to show the specific cancers that garlic is able to fight. Garlic’s protective effects may come from either its antibacterial properties or from its tendency to block cancer-causing substances from forming. Garlic can also stop the activation of substances that cause cancer, help to repair DNA, and induce the death of cancer cells.
Avocados contain a cancer-fighting glutathione. Glutathione both prevents the growth of oral cancer cells, and kill them. Avocado extract has also been shown to stop the growth of prostate cancer and kill leukemia cells.
The skin on red and purple grapes is loaded with resveratrol. This antioxidant is an anti-inflammatory and may prevent cancer cells from forming. Resveratrol has also been known to slow the growth of existing cancer. A sonographer with experience in diagnostic medical sonography programs says there have been several in vitro studies conducted on the effects of resveratrol. The darker the grape, the more resveratrol it has—so stock up on dark purple grapes and additive-free grape juice.
These everyday foods are easy to come by and incorporate into a healthy diet. Find some great fruit smoothie recipes and add in a quarter of an avocado to add a rich, glutathione-packed smoothness to your shake. Or whip up a garlicky plate of spaghetti sauce—the cancer-kicking possibilities are endless!
About the Author
Emma Sturgis is a freelance writer based in Boston, MA. She writes most often on health and education. Say hi on Twitter @EmmaSturgis2
Do you have any superfoods to add to this list?