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How To Eat To Prevent Cancer

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How To Eat To Prevent Cancer

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You Will Need

  • Berries
  • Spices
  • Sources of isothiocyanate
  • Watercress
  • Green tea
  • Sources of folate
  • Brazil nuts
  • Omega-3-rich fish
  • Garlic
  • Asian mushrooms
  • Apples
  • Flaxseed
  • Broccoli sprouts
  • Macadamia nuts

36_medium Step 1: Pick some blackberries

Pick up some blackberries; they contain twice the antioxidant content of blueberries. Strawberries, cranberries, and raspberries are cancer-fighters, too.

45_medium Step 2: Spice up your life

Curry lovers, rejoice! Turmeric, the spice that gives the popular Indian dish its yellow hue, inhibits the development of cancer. Ginger runs a close second, followed by cinnamon.

58_medium Step 3: Eat your broccoli

Eat your broccoli. It contains isothiocyanate, a compound that fights several cancers. While Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, and arugula also have ITCs, broccoli is king because it has a particularly potent kind called sulforaphane.

Broccoli sprouts have the highest concentration of sulforaphane.

79_medium Step 4: Eat & drink your greens

Munch on watercress and drink green tea. Both increase the amount of cancer-fighting antioxidants in your blood, and watercress protects your DNA from changes that can trigger cancer.

90_medium Step 5: Enjoy asparagus

Enjoy a bunch of asparagus; it contains the B vitamin folate, which may reduce the risk of several cancers. Other good sources of folate are orange juice, lentils, spinach, peanuts, and broccoli.

104_medium Step 6: Go nuts

Go nuts — as long as they’re Brazil nuts. They contain selenium, which fights cancer cells. Go for the unshelled ones, which have more selenium. But limit yourself to one large or two small freshly-shelled nuts per day, as too much selenium is toxic.

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Macadamia nuts contain almost as much selenium as Brazil nuts.

126_medium Step 7: Order the fish

Eat fish a few of times a week. An Italian study found that people who eat fish twice a week reduce their risk of developing several cancers by 30% to 50%. Go with Omega-3-rich fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel, and tuna.

143_medium Step 8: Reek of garlic

Indulge in garlicky foods. Fans of this pungent bulb have a lower risk of stomach and colon cancer because cooked garlic inhibits cancer cells from growing.

154_medium Step 9: Don’t fear fungus

Consume more Asian mushrooms — in lab tests, shitakes repressed cancer cell growth. Also try maitake, zhu ling, enoki, and red reishi mushrooms.

165_medium Step 10: Eat an apple a day

An apple a day may keep the oncologist away. Studies have found that when pulverized apple skins were placed in a petri dish with colon cancer cells, the cells’ growth was inhibited by an impressive 43%. So don’t peel before eating!

181_medium Step 11: Fill up on flax

Incorporate flaxseed into your diet. In a Canadian study, women diagnosed with breast cancer who ate a daily flaxseed muffin for 40 days showed a statistically significant reduction in the size of their tumor compared with a control group.

Did you know?

The lowest rates of cancer in the world are in the Japanese regions Uji and Shizuoka, where most of that country’s green tea is harvested. People in those areas drink more high quality green tea per capita than residents of any other area of Japan.

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