Did you know that cancer is the second leading cause of deaths in the USA? And the primary in many countries in the world?
One of the leading causes of cancer is the unhealthy eating habits we have. We consume too much processed food that is high in artificial components, fat, and sugar. Foods that are a lack of minerals, vitamins, fiber and other nutrients that are crucial for proper body functioning and to avoid free radicals. Simply, foods that cause cancer.
Hence, the first step in cancer prevention is to change your eating habits. You should eat real food and not factory-made ones. Foods that are rich in nutrients – and lack of unhealthy components – to provide everything your body needs to keep itself healthy. Boosting your immune system to be strong enough to fight against tumors.
Typically, the best foods to fight cancer are the various vegetables and fruits. They are rich in fiber, antioxidants such as vitamin C, E, and A. You need to have them at least three times a day.
Have you ever heard about phytochemicals?
They are chemical compounds that can be found in almost all the plants and that are responsible for the color and even the smell of the plants. And most importantly phytochemicals are efficient against cancer cells.
Dark green leafy veggies such as lettuce, spinach, kale, cabbage – but we can mention all the other greens – are especially rich in phytochemicals.
Let’s recap what are the best foods that fight cancer. Ones that high in phytochemicals and vitamins (antioxidants) and fiber. Here are some examples.
One of the most powerful cancer fighting veggies is the tomato. Tomatoes are high in lycopene; that can be found in red fruits and vegetables. It is a powerful antioxidant that help the prevention of heart diseases as well as cancers.
Moreover, tomatoes are rich in vitamin C, A and E, each of them is an antioxidant.
The best is that there are so many ways you can add tomatoes to your diet. Put more into your sandwiches, salads or to the top of your homemade pizzas.
Watermelon contains almost the same antioxidants as tomatoes, but they are ultra high in water as well.
It is a fact that most of the people do not have enough water daily. Dehydration can cause several disorders. Without enough water, your body cannot get rid of the toxins.
If you eat a big piece of watermelon you can take in a good amount of water, plus the other goodies your body needs.
Cabbage and Others from the Cabbage Family
Cabbage is packed with a lot of fiber, vitamin C, and other minerals. Eating cabbage frequently keeps your digestion system clean, reducing the risk of rectal and colon cancer. Plus, they are low in calories so you can make meals that support weight loss.
Other veggies from the cabbage family such as broccoli and cauliflower, have the same healthy features.
There are so many ways you can use them. You can make salads, soups or even juices from it.
There is no question that the carrot is the best source of beta carotene which is a potent antioxidant. It also contains a lot of fiber.
I usually have it as a snack or crunch one or two – instead of chips – while I watch TV.
Beans & Other Legumes
Most of the legumes, particular beans are high in protein, so they are a good alternative to meat. However, they also hold a significant amount of fiber, minerals and vitamins, and no fat.
There are many legume-based dishes out there you can add to your diet.
No matter if you have blackberries, strawberry, raspberries or any other berries, you take in a good amount of cancer fighting components. Each of them is rich in vitamins and fiber.
You can have them as a snack, add them to your whole grain cereal or even make healthy desserts.
While consuming bad fats increase the risk of cancer, having goods ones just do the opposite. Healthy fatty acids such as omega-3 help your body to get rid of cholesterol.
The best sources of beneficial fats are fish, olive oil, and nuts.
Green Tea and Other Drinks
Various studies have proved that green tea is among the healthiest drinks in the world. It holds polyphenols that contribute to the anti-cancer activity.
But you can also make healthy juices and smoothies at home from organic vegetables and fruits.
Whole grains are also cancer killing foods since they hold a lot of fiber and minerals. Unfortunately, most of us eat refined grains that are unhealthy.
More foods that help prevent cancer
What is next?
Now you know a lot of foods that fight cancer cells, the next step is to add them to your daily nutrition.
The following infographic can help you start and to set up your diet to prevent cancer.
What if I have supplements instead of these foods?
I believe, the best way to take in the nutrients is to have real food. However, it is not easy cook healthy meals each day. Try to have as much real food as possible, and use supplements if you have no other options.
How to cook foods that help fight cancer?
If you are searching for recipes, you can find lots of online. However, I recommend the cookbook from Rebecca Katz in which you can find 150 mouth-watering recipes and a tons of useful information about healthy nutrition.
Want to know more about how to prevent cancer? Read this book!
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