Step into any Whole Foods and you will see shelves and shelves of vitamins, minerals, flax powder, probiotics, and live algae. Apparently, all these things are good for you and help fight cancer. While they may have some benefits, the most beneficial things you can consume are items that can be found in any average fridge.
And they are half the price of those expensive–often unnecessary–supplements.
Cruciferous veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and kale are all chockfull of cancer-fighting nutrients, but broccoli is the only one with a sizable amount of sulforaphane. This compound that boosts the body’s protective enzymes and flushes out cancer-causing chemicals that help tumors grow.
Helps fight: breast, liver, lung, prostate, skin, stomach, and bladder cancers
Your Rx: Try to eat broccoli as much as possible. It goes good in omelets; taste fabulous in raw salads; gourmet with some olive oil and garlic.
Besides being delicious and beautiful, all berries are resplendent with cancer-fighting phytonutrients. However, rare black raspberries contain very high concentrations of phytochemicals called anthocyanins, which slow down the growth of premalignant cells and keep new blood vessels from forming.
Helps fight: colon, esophageal, oral, and skin cancers
Your Rx: Can’t find black raspberries? Try a concentrated berry powder or a half-cup serving of berries a day.
It’s time to fall in love with this “apple of love.” This–yes–fruit is the best dietary source of lycopene, a carotenoid that gives tomatoes their red hue.Lycopene was found to stop endometrial cancer cell growth in a study in Nutrition and Cancer.
Helps fight: endometrial, lung, prostate, and stomach cancers
Your Rx: Cooking tomatoes is the best way to release lycopene. Pasta sauce and pizza sauce are not only delish, but super healthy for you if cooked by scratch.
Go nuts for walnuts! Walnet phytosterols have been shown to block estrogen receptors in breast cancer cells.
Helps fight: breast and prostate cancers
Your Rx: Munching on an ounce of walnuts a day may yield the best benefits, plus they give you healthy fats for your skin and help curb hunger.
Vampires hate it, but we are huge fans of nice buttery cloves of roasted garlic. And not only is it taste; it’s good for us! Phytochemicals in garlic have been found to halt the formation of nitrosamines, carcinogens formed in the stomach when you consume nitrates, a common food preservative.
Helps fight: breast, colon, esophageal, and stomach cancers
Your Rx: Crushed garlic goes great in your super healthy tomato sauce with a little bit of broccoli. So many cancer fighting components in one!
Black and navy beans significantly reduce colon cancer because a diet rich in the legumes increased levels of the fatty acid butyrate, which in high concentrations has protective effects against cancer growth.
Helps fight: breast and colon cancers
Your Rx: A half-cup serving of beans is not only a great way to great virtually fat-free vegetarian protein, but it also helps fight cancer. What more could you want?
[Source: Yahoo! Shine]