DIETARY CHANGES WHICH CAN HELP FIGHT CANCER
Following is some information I came accross that may be beneficial.
Research has shown that the onset of many cancers has been linked to lifestyle choices such as smoking, drinking, a lack of exercise, and an unhealthy diet. Cutting out cigarettes and alcohol, getting regular exercise and a healthy diet are a great start to an anti-cancer lifestyle. Dietary recommendations for cancer prevention consist of mainly vegetables, fruit, whole grain and fish and a reduced intake of red meat, animal fat and refined sugar.
While some foods have shown to increase the risk for cancer, some other whole foods have been shown to have remarkable anti-cancer properties. Adding these to your everyday diets can go a long way to make your lives cancer-free. Some anti-cancer foods you can add to your diet are given in this article.
You may avoid this because it gives you bad breath. But if you go on doing so, it may give you cancer too! Garlic is one of the most potent anti-cancer compounds there is, with hundreds of research studies on it. The same sulfur
compounds which cause bad odor may also stop cancer-causing substances from forming in your body, speed up DNA repair, and kill cancer cells. Garlic also fights bacteria which cause stomach ulcers and cancer, and it reduces the risk
of colon cancer.
Turmeric is the yellow-colored spice found in most curry powders. Turmeric, and more specifically, curcumin, its primary active ingredient has been shown to have various health benefits, including its ability to induce liver cancer cell
death and prevent liver cirrhosis. It also has many anti-cancer properties that can potentially slow the spread of breast, colon and stomach and lung cancer.
Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, kale, and
cauliflower contain phytochemicals called glucosinolates, which produce protective enzymes which are released when you chew the raw vegetable, rupturing the cell walls. One of the most protective of these enzymes is sulforaphane,
which has anti-cancer properties. Broccoli is the best source of this. Scientists are researching how sulforaphane might reduce cancer risk by detoxifying harmful substances in the body. Broccoli and its cousins are potent anti-cancer foods most protective against cancers of the mouth, esophagus, and stomach, according to a review by the American Institute for Cancer Research.
Carrots contain beta-carotene, an antioxidant, which scientists believe may protect cell membranes from toxin damage and have anti-cancer properties by slowing the growth of cancer cells. They also deliver other vitamins and phytochemicals which might guard against cancers of the mouth, esophagus, and
stomach. Some studies suggest that carrots protect against cervical cancer, perhaps because they supply antioxidants that could battle HPV (Human papilloma virus), the major cause of cervical cancer.
Whole grains –
Nutritionists recommend whole grains as a healthy alternative to refined ones. Whole grains contain fiber which has been linked to a decreased risk of colorectal cancer. They also contain anti-cancer substances like lignans, which
act as antioxidants, and saponins, which could keep cancer cells from multiplying.
Last but not least, berries are considered “anti-cancer superheroes”. Studies have shown that berry extracts of strawberry and black raspberry slowed the growth of colon cancer cells. Strawberries are rich in antioxidants such as vitamin C and ellagic acid. In laboratory tests, ellagic acid was found to be an anti-cancer agent which destroyed cancer-causing substances and slowed the growth of tumors. They also contain flavonoids, which suppress an enzyme that
damages DNA and has been linked to lung cancer. Blueberries are packed with anthocyanins, which reduce inflammation and are one of the most powerful antioxidants. Eating fruit, including berries, probably decreases the risk of
lung cancer and could prevent cancers of the mouth, esophagus, and stomach.
Our diet influences our risk of many cancers, including cancers of the stomach, breast, esophagus and bowels. You can reduce your cancer risk by eating an anti-cancer, healthy, balanced diet that is high in fiber, fruits and vegetables and low in processed fats. The addition of these everyday foods to your diets can potentially change the way you live and save your lives.