Seven Cancer Fighting Foods

Combining an active lifestyle with a healthy diet is a great way to defend your body against many forms of cancer. Some cancers develop due to genetic factors however the way you take care of yourself can play a part in preventing the onset. By incorporating a wide variety of plant based foods into your meals you can stay on top of your health! Include these seven foods in a balanced diet to help your body defend against cancer and a huge range of other health issues.

Berries
Berries

Berries

Antioxidants are great for stopping those free radicals from travelling around your body causing damage and berries are absolutely crammed full of them. Although it’s never possible to completely avoid toxins, it is possible to put up a good fight and berries are a great weapon for this. There’s so many different types of berries that you’re bound to find a selection that you love!

Garlic

Studies have shown that garlic is especially great for inhibiting the growth of cancer in the prostate, colon, stomach and bladder. Garlic will also give your immune system a boost and work to detoxify the body. You can include it in soups, stir fries, salads – in fact, practically any dish!

Garlic
Garlic

Kale

Kale is full of fiber and studies show that it is most effective in preventing cancer of the colon, stomach and lungs. Kale is a delicious addition to many meals but if it’s not your thing, then you can also get similar nutritional goodness from other vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and Brussels sprouts.

Spinach Β Spinach is fantastic and works to prevent cancer when carcinogens enter the body. Research has shown that consuming spinach will decrease the chances of tumours occurring and growing. Spinach is delicious with salads or as an accompaniment to many main meals.

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Mushrooms

Broccoli Sprouts

Broccoli sprouts are full of compounds that aid the liver in the detoxification process. Several of these compounds also work to stimulate the production of enzymes which protect against carcinogens. Broccoli sprouts are three-four day old broccoli plants which have been likened in flavour to the radish. These awesome sprouts will also help with lowering cholesterol levels and can be easily grown at home.

Mushrooms

Because of their ability to suppress the enzyme in the body which converts testosterone into estrogen, mushrooms are great for inhibiting breast cancer. They also contain lentinan which is thought to prevent tumour growth. Certain types of mushroom, like shitake, are also fantastic for kick-starting the immune system.

Turmeric

Turmeric

Turmeric is predominantly used in curry dishes but can also be used to flavour many other meals. Curcumin is the component of turmeric which makes it of such great value to our health. Studies have shown that curcumin helps in the fight against cancers such as that of the mouth, intestines, breasts, skin, and stomach and is also especially useful for treating colorectal cancers.

When it comes to preventative medicine, plant-based foods are a great way to go! You can have effective control over your health and your body just by making some simple lifestyle and dietary choices. Try it for yourself and see the difference!

53 thoughts on “Seven Cancer Fighting Foods”

  1. Interesting and useful article!
    It’s a shame we do not have kale here (and nobody imports it, either)! I’m very curious about it since I watched Rachel Ray cooked it in her show!

  2. Thanks for visiting and following. Will do the same. I am a melanoma survivor and knew about all these except the mushrooms. I was just reading about turmeric tea the other day and finally got to a big enough store yesterday to buy some. Haven’t made the tea yet but will today. Have read about yoga for years (I’m kinda old) but have never done it. I am now reading a book on neuroscience and enlightenment and the power of meditation. Very interesting stuff and will try meditation, possibly yoga also.

  3. Thank you for this Julie. Fortunately I like all the foods/spices you’ve mentioned. While I’m here, can you give me the equivalent for 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger against fresh ginger? Will await your response.

  4. Great food suggestions! I didn’t even know that mushrooms were good against Cancer. You learn something new every single day, there you go. Thank you!
    And thank you for following my blog! Feel free to visit it again!

  5. glad you mentioned, kale, i will try sprouted brassica, i have jars of it since we grow our own kale and collards, for year round greens, and then in spring we have delicious flowering tops like broccoli, but sweet and nutty flavoured, and then we let the plants go to seed. so we are ideally set up for sprouting now!
    As for turmeric, my info says it needs to be heated up in a frying pan with oil, before the healing properties are activated…like in a curry dish, where you fry an onion, then add turmeric, cumin seeds, and we also add brassica seeds, and other indian seeds!

  6. I prefer to buy organic kale because of the amount of pesticides in kale, in general. This is an awesome and articulate blog, I have added you on feedly and hope you’ll keep reading mine! How long have you been practicing yoga and into nutrition?

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