The adage that we are what we eat is so very true. Recognizing and adopting healthy and balanced eating patterns and foods is one of the first steps to ensuring you maintain good health. The other is eating foods that you know can help prevent and fight your risks of getting certain diseases.
Cancer is caused by many factors. However, research has shown that making sure you include certain foods regularly in your diet can go a long way towards preventing from developing. The naturally occurring chemicals, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fibers in many different foods can help your body fight the growth of cancer cells. Here are 25 of them:
You can eat tomatoes in salads, make soup, sauces and many other dishes. Stay well away from eating the stems and leaves, but the flesh is also a moderate source of Vitamin C. Some studies suggest lycopene, an oxidant in tomatoes, has anticancer properties.
Use garlic liberally in your cooking whether you crush it, grate it, or roast it. It is thought the sulfur compounds in garlic can help with reducing the risk of developing a few different types of cancer. Garlic is also a good source of Vitamins B6 and the mineral manganese.
Whether you cook a cob on the barbecue, steam it, boil it, or use it as an ingredient in recipes, corn contains beta-cryptoxanthin and ferulic acid, both of which may inhibit cancer growth. And yes, you can even pop it; just go lightly on the butter and salt!
The anti-cancer component of carrots is also thought to be in the pigment, the carotenoids, including beta-carotene that gives them their orange color. Carrots are another versatile vegetable that can be juiced, eaten raw and cooked.
Green tea contains polyphenols, which are thought to help with preventing cancer cell growth. The dried leaves from this plant, Camellia sinensis, are also thought to boost immune systems, eliminate toxins, and improve overall health. Green tea does contain caffeine, so be cautious of drinking too much.
Yes, good news for coffee aficionados! Good quality coffee beans ground and prepared properly are a concentrated source of phytochemicals. Coffee also contains riboflavin, one of the B vitamins. All the more reason to relish that coffee break and love your daily latte!