Many of us have been – or will be – affected by cancer. The statistics are sobering. Nearly half the men and about a third of all women in the United States will develop cancer during their lifetimes. Every year 10 million people in the world develop cancer; and seven million deaths are caused by the disease. This is 12 percent of all reported deaths on Earth.
The good news is that there is something we can do about it. Individual lifestyle choices play a major role in the risk of developing cancer. The role of diet and cancer has been researched since the 1940s. In Western countries, over 30% of all cancers have been estimated to be directly or indirectly linked to dietary factors. Cancers particularly sensitive to dietary factors include breast, colon, prostate bladder, and lung cancers.
Foods to Fight Cancer: Essential Foods to Help Prevent Cancer, by Richard Beliveau PhD and Denis Gingras Phd.
Recent scientific advancement in anti-cancer research has identified specific foods that offer powerful protection against cancer. These foods are essential for prevention of cancer and also increased odds of survival after diagnosis. In particular cruciferous vegetables (kale, spinach, cabbage, collards, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts) seem to contain the most potent anti-cancer substances of all types of vegetable providing mechanisms that may protect against cancer including:
- inhibition of angiogenesis (blood vessel formation important for tumor growth)
- detoxification or removal of carcinogens (like heterocyclic amines)
- inhibition of cancer cell growth
- promotion of cancer cell death
- prevention of DNA damage by carcinogens.
Other potent cancer fighting foods include onions, beans, berries, seeds and nuts. Beans in general are beneficial for protecting against reproductive cancers such as breast and prostate cancer.
Based on all my reading, I choose to eat a plant-rich daily diet:
- minimizing meat and dairy
- increasing consumption of greens (kale, spinach, Romaine, collard greens) and cruciferous ( broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels Sprouts), onions, beans, berries, seeds and nuts
- eating a wide range of colorful fruits and other vegetables (sweet potatoes and pumpkins, tomatoes, carrots, bell peppers and citrus
- enjoying whole grains in breakfast or dinner
- drinking less coffee and more green tea
- keeping foods made with white sugar and white flour for special treats and not every day
For further health empowerment:
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