Sunday, April 17, 2011

10 Cancer-Fighting Foods

 
Avocados


Rich in the antioxidant glutathione, which attacks free radicals in the body, avocados are an excellent source of potassium and beta-carotene.












 
 Carrots


They’re good for your eyesight, but also good for nixing cancer. Beta-carotene can help reduce many cancers including lung, throat, stomach, intestine, prostate and breast cancers. 
Be aware that some research has suggested that taking beta-carotene supplements has actually been linked to higher rates of lung cancer in high-risk groups like smokers.













 
Chili Peppers and Jalapenos


Not only do they spice up your favorite dishes, but they have a chemical called capsaicin in them, which can help keep certain cancer-causing elements called nitrosamines at bay.













 
Flax Seed
Chock full of healthy ingredients like antioxidants, which can block cancerous changes in the body, flax seeds are also high in omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to protect against breast and colon cancers













 
Garlic


It will help to boost your immune system and breakdown cancer-causing substances. The allium compounds found in garlic block carcinogens from getting into your cells and slow down tumor development. 
Studies have linked a lower risk for stomach and colon cancers with garlic. One study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that garlic supplements did not have the same effect, so stick with the whole clove.













 
Green Tea


According to many studies, green tea is a cure-all. It has been known to help prevent skin, esophageal, stomach, colon, pancreas, lung, bladder, prostate and breast cancers. 
This tea contains polyphenols, which have antioxidant properties. Studies have shown that polyphenols shut down and prevent cancerous tumors by cutting off the blood supply to tumors.












 
Licorice Root

Studies suggest it may be helpful in preventing prostate cancer because it contains a chemical called glycyrrhizin, which helps block components of testosterone. 
You should not take licorice root if you have high blood pressure, and licorice candy doesn’t count – you have to eat the actual root.












 
Rosemary


Studies have shown rosemary helps to inhibit the development of both breast and skin tumors in animals. There haven’t been any studies done on humans yet, but rosemary has a long history of other medicinal uses like treating upset stomachs, digestive disorders and headaches.












 
Seaweed


Rich in beta-carotene, protein, vitamin B12, fiber, chlorophyll and chlorophylones, seaweed contains important fatty acids that could help fight off breast cancer












 
Turmeric


Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory that can help slow the production of inflammation-related enzymes, which are high in certain cancers like bowel and colon cancers.















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