Foods that fight cancer and how they do it

Many cancers and other afflictions of today are preventable.  Too many chronic health problems are the result of the nutrition-deficient and often poisonous food known as the Standard American Diet (SAD). And indeed it is sad.

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Many of us are eating too much processed junk food and none, or too little of the whole,  nutrient-dense foods that our body requires to function properly. If we stop and learn and think about what we are eating, it’s amazing to contemplate the powerful weapons that a healthy diet offers in warding off today’s lifestyle diseases. A few cancer-fighting foods are just one example.

For instance, SAD contains in excess of 20 times more cheap omega-6 fatty acids than omega-3 fatty acids. In order for the millions of cells in the body to function properly, the essential fatty acids (EFAs) should be balanced.

Omega-3s are obtained from oily fish, fish, flaxseed and hemp oils, as well as high quality supplements.

Cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, radishes, turnips and arugula are rich in sulforaphane and other compounds which help fight tumors that can develop into breast, prostate, brain and colectoral cancers, as well as leukemia.

Broccoli sprouts are particularly potent against cancer.

All berries contain cancer-fighting phytonutrients and ellagic acid which inhibit tumor growth. Red grapes are excellent, too, as they contain resveratrol, which saves cells from oxidant -caused death. Grape seeds are the most beneficial of all, so consume grapes with seeds if you can find them. Interestingly, some good red wines that contain the most resveratrol include the grape seeds.

Garlic  has long been known as a cancer fighter, as it reduces inflammation and fights free radicals. Eat garlic raw or chopped. When using it in a cooked dish, chop it and let it sit for 10 or 15 minutes before cooking so that its powerful compound allicin can be released.

Mushrooms, especially maitake and shiitake,  boost the immune system with a supply of antioxidants, B and C vitamins, calcium and other minerals.

Other cancer-fighting foods include folate-rich egg yolks, avocadoes, apricots, green leafy vegetables and pumpkin. Folate is essential in order for the body to replicate DNA.  And then there are tomatoes, which are well known for their lycopene and carotenoid content. Lycopene is particularly helpful in preventing prostate and pancreatic cancer in men. Eat 7 to 10 helpings a week, cooked and raw.

Those are just a few cancer-fighting food tips. Make it easier for them to work for your health with a reminder that sugar FEEDS cancer. Processed and refined foods FEED cancer. Avoid them as much as possible and reduce the risk of becoming a statistic!

Source: www.organiclifestylemagazine.com

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