Food that reduce cancer risk (Part I)

It is common knowledge that a balanced diet has a great number of benefits for our health. One of the most important ones, if not the most important, is that certain types of food can actually reduce the risk of developing cancer. On the contrary, bad nutrition habits “aid” the development of about one third of all cancer types spotted by doctors. Here is a list of five of the most valuable foods that can “shield” you against cancer:

1) Whole grains

broccoliAccording to a study published by the Harvard School of Public Health, foods that are rich in fiber are extremely helpful to preventing the growth of tumor cells that develop during a woman’s breast cancer case. Quinoa, oats and whole-wheat bread are only some of the foods that can protect women from the appearance of breast cancer.

2) Tomatoes

The advantages of consuming tomatoes are well known to everyone of us. However, what many people may not know is that tomatoes also contain ingredients that can fight or even block a few types of cancer. A recent study by the Journal of Cancer Prevention shows that an antioxidant found in tomatoes, lycopene, can stop the development of breast cancer before it even grows to noticeable levels. Vitamin C and beta-carotene, also contained in tomatoes decrease the possibility of esophageal cancer significantly.

3) Broccoli 

Broccoli reduces the risk of developing prostate cancer, thanks to PEITC (phenethyl isothiocyanate). Its mechanism has not been completely deciphered yet but the prevalent theory is that it somehow affects the human genes in such a way that tumors cells are dealt with more efficiently. 

4) Curcumin

The evidence here is overwhelming. Curcumin is a great weapon against various types of cancer including prostate, colon, liver and pancreatic. The way it achieves this is fascinating. According to researchers, curucmin decreases the growth rate of tumors while it also leads the cancerous cells to “suicide”.

5) Black Raspberries

Even though the look identical to blackberries, black raspberries have a huge advantage that is offered to the people who eat them. They contain some antioxidants that hinder the growth of existing oral cancer tumors by penetrating them. In general, they also help our body to protect its self from developing cancer since they include high levels of vitamin C, ellagic acid and fiber. 

Thus ends the first part of our list, including five of the most popular anticancer foods. The next part will include five more suggestions that everyone should also add to his or her diet program.