Cancer is known worldwide to be a major health problem affecting millions of people each year. Whatever the foods we consume every day have a significant impact on how we feel, as well as how our body functions.
An anti-cancer diet does not really differ much from what you need to consume every day, but there are loads of benefits to focusing on fruits, vegetables, herbs, and lean proteins.
Here are top 10 foods you must eat to fight cancer:
They are rich in antioxidant beta-carotene and helps protect the cell membranes in the body from being affected by toxins.
It slows down cancer cell growth due to its anti-inflammatory properties. It is more efficient than chemotherapy and it has been proven to kill ovarian cancer cells.
The garlic’s compound that give it the strong smell can boost your body’s ability to repair DNA and force the death of cancer cells. Its anti-inflammatory properties are effective in helping the body feel healthy and energized.
Turmeric’s active ingredient curcumin has been shown to decrease tumor size and fight colon and breast cancer. Turmeric absorption is enhanced and better able to fight inflammation.
Beans can avert cancer cell production and slow down the growth of tumors. This is due to the high content of beneficial phytochemicals and fibre in beans, as well as folate, phytic acid, saponins and protease inhibitors.
6. Cultured Dairy Products
They have “good bacteria” probiotics–microorganisms that promote a natural bacterial balance in your intestinal microflora and aids in increasing immunity. Over 80 percent of your immune system is located in your gut, so it’s no surprise that probiotic foods and supplementation can end tumor growth and help cells renew.
Aim for 6 ounces of cultured dairy daily (probiotic yogurt, cottage cheese, goat milk). Cottage cheese, which is rich in sulfur protein and saturated fats, was considered to be especially beneficial as part of the Budwig diet for cancer protocol.
7. Leafy Green Vegetables
They are the basis of any healthy diet since they’re rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and enzymes, yet very low in calories, fats, sodium and other toxins. All kinds of leafy greens, such as nutritious kale, spinach, romaine, collard greens, salad, arugula, watercress, etc., are rich in antioxidants known to fight cancer, including beta-carotene (a type of vitamin A) and vitamin C.
They are also natural sources of glucosinolates. Also, they contain antibacterial and antiviral properties, inactivate carcinogens, help reprogram cancer cells to disappear, and prevent tumor formation and metastasis. Indoles, thiocyanates and isothiocyanates are chemicals that are known to break down during the chewing and digestion process into biologically active compounds that prevent growth of cancer cells.
8. Traditional Teas
Teas derived from the leaves of the plant Camellia sinensis are normally consumed as beverages around the world, including green, black or oolong tea. While all traditional teas seem to be beneficial, the major effects on human health have been attributed to green tea, such as matcha green tea. It has the highest percetange of polyphenolic compounds, catechin, gallocatechin and EGCG.
The antioxidant EGCG is known as the most potent of all the catechins. Its anticancer effects is about 25–100 times more effective than that of vitamins E and C! EGCG has been linked to the modulation of multiple signaling pathways, resulting in the down regulation of expression of proteins responsible to the invasiveness of cancer cells.
9. Organic Meats
It is recommended on many cancer-fighting diets to include organic meats including beef or chicken liver since they’re extremely high in vitamin B12. Organic meats provide minerals that help cleanse the liver and help remove toxins from the blood and digestive tract.
10. Nuts and Seeds
Seeds such as c and flaxseeds are two of the most nutrient-dense seeds in the world. They provide fiber, omega-3 fatty acids and other important minerals. Also, hemp seeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds are beneficial and full of healthy fatty acids, as are walnuts, brazil nuts and almonds.
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