Cancer Fighting Foods You Should Consume

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The American Cancer Society has announced that nearly 20% of all cancer deaths in the United States are related to obesity and the health problems resulting from obesity. An estimated two billion adults over age 18 are overweight and of these over 600 million plus adults are obese.

If you choose to actively combat obesity and greatly reduce your risk for cancer, you should start by adding cancer fighting foods to your diet. Foods that are rich in antioxidants and provide anti-inflammatory properties. Chronic and systemic inflammation is believed to lead to many types of cancer and heart disease. A cancer fighting diet centers around fresh fruits and vegetables, and limits dietary fats combined with a regular exercise program to aid in weight management.

Make dietary changes gradually, as drastic changes in your diet can be difficult and frustrating. If the cancer fighting foods outlined here are not foods you are accustomed to eating, try adding one or two to your diet each month. By your foods that are grown locally, and always choose organic produce if available as pesticides are a major contributing factor in cancer.

Cancer Fighting Food Groups

Raw Vegetables and Fruits – Fats and sugar feed malignant cells while the nutrients (vitamins and minerals) found in fresh, raw fruits and vegetables feed healthy cells and allow your body to fight the spread of malignancy. As a bonus, eating more vegetables and fruits decreases your appetite for fatty foods. Fruits and vegetables also contain phytochemicals, plant-based compounds which are known to be anticarcinogenic, antimutagenic, anti-inflammatory, and contain antioxidant properties.

High Fiber Foods – A high fiber diet decreases your risk of developing cancer as fiber helps to eliminate potential cancer causing substances out of your body. The less you are exposed to cancer causing substances, the less your chances of developing cancer, especially in cancer of the colon. Cancer fighting foods high in fiber include: black beans, lentils, lima beans, avocados, broccoli, spinach, swiss chard, green peas and dark green leafy vegetables.

Superfoods: Foods High in Antioxidants – People who consume “superfoods” foods that are high in antioxidants such as beta carotene, vitamin C and vitamin E have fewer incidences of cancer. Antioxidants protect the membranes of cells. Vegetables and fruits are the best source of antioxidants: berries (especially blueberries), peppers, kale, ginger, oats, barley, and prunes.

Plant-Based Diets – People who follow a primarily plant-based diet (vegetarians) have a much lower risk of developing cancer compared to those who follow a primarily meat and dairy based diet. Plants contain less fat, more fiber and healthy phytonutrients. In addition to fruits and vegetables, eat more brown rice, seeds, beans and chickpeas.

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