Four foods for cancer prevention

Do you know which foods have cancer-fighting properties? Here are four foods that you should eat often and a few you should avoid to reduce the risk of cancer.

Walnuts are shown to block oestrogen receptors in breast cancer cells and to slow the growth rate.

A study conducted earlier this year by the American Society for Nutrition has found that the biochemical and fatty acids found in walnuts have cancer-preventing properties. After implanting human breast cancers into mice, the scientists discovered an 80 per cent drop in the cancer growth rates, where walnuts were added to their diets.

Eat to fight: Breast and prostate cancers.

 

Broccoli (and kale, cabbage) actually kills cancerous cells according to some studies.  Broccoli contains a chemical called selenium, which prevents the body from metabolising carcinogens. Selenium is passed through the body quickly and does not linger in its tissues, meaning the body can use it to eliminate other toxins.

Eat to fight: Colon, stomach, bladder, prostate, liver, lung, breast and skin cancers. 

 

Blackberries (and all berries) contain antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and high amounts of a chemical called anthocyanin, which delays the growth of carcinogenic cells. According to a study performed at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, anthocyanin keeps new blood vessels from forming which might feed potentially cancerous cells.

Eat to fight: skin, oral, oesophageal and colon cancers.

 

Garlic releases beneficial enzymes which have been found to stop the development of the carcinogenic chemical compounds, nitrosamines. Nitrosamines form in the stomach and intestines when you eat foods containing nitrate, a common preservative in sandwich meats and found naturally in fruits and vegetables.

The Iowa Women’s Health Study found that women who consumed a large amount of garlic had a 50 per cent lower risk of developing some colon cancers, than the women who consumed very little.

Eat to fight: Colon, stomach, breast and oesophageal cancers.
 

Alcohol and saturated fats can lead you to all sorts of trouble with your health.  Foods that are highly processed or contain animal fats, like cheese, processed meat and fast foods, have strong links to bowel, colon, intestinal, breast, ovary, prostate cancers. A study performed by the Department of Dermatology at The University of Alabama found that rats’ with a high-fat diet were more at risk to UVB radiation, and therefore to skin cancers.

Lower intake of fruits and vegetables has also been linked to high risk of lung cancers. Alcohol can increase your risk of oesophageal and mouth cancers, according to an Italian study in the European Journal of Cancer Prevention.

For more information about other cancer fighting foods visit Health.com.

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