Anti-Cancer Diet – Overview
According to statistics in the USA, one in every two men will get cancer, while the figures for women are one in three. Further, the World Health Organization (WHO) predicts that in 2035 there will be a staggering 24 million with cancer globally.
This reflects the need for a major shake-up in approaching cancer.
Despite the overwhelming scientific evidence supporting the effectiveness of good nutrition in cancer prevention, orthodox medicine has generally given this scant attention.
However, in more recent times, there is a growing recognition by conventional doctors, not only for cancer but also for other diseases, that food can be used for both preventative and medicinal purposes.
So, for prevention and reversal, here are my top 9 anti-cancer foods. We strongly recommend getting into the habit of eating these wonderful foods if you haven’t already.
Anti Cancer diet: Best Food Against Cancer – List of Food Items
It’s the spice that gives curry a yellow color and has been known for thousands of years in India for its medicinal properties. Many recent studies have confirmed turmeric’s potential for cancer prevention.
Curcumin in turmeric and its derivatives have shown to be powerful safe options in the treatment of cancers. It inhibits the proliferation (rapid growth) of cancer cells while helping to maintain normal healthy cell function.
2. Dark leafy greens such as kale
Dark leafy greens such as kale are rich in carotenoids responsible for giving that vibrant green appearance. Carotenoids also give other vibrant colors to other foods.
Kale has very high vitamin content (vitamins C, A, B6, and K and minerals such as calcium and iron…) with anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and anti-microbial properties.
Kale’s anti-cancer abilities have been said to come from beta-carotene and lutein. And other carotenoids, quercetin, ferulic acid, caffeic acid, selenium, kaempferol, indole-3-carbinol (I3C), 3,3′-diindolylmethane (DIM). Also, certain isothiocyanates, sinigrin, and also glucosinolate from hydrolysis.
Besides having properties that fight constipation, promote efficient mineral absorption, aid digestion, and reduce bad gut bacteria, bitter almonds are vitamin B-17 rich, making them an excellent anti-cancer food.
Vitamin B-17 interferes with the cancer cell’s metabolic pathway by destroying an enzyme, beta-glycosidase, killing the cancer cell.
While we’re on the subject, apricots are rich in B-17 and, in particular, the natural form of this vitamin contained in the seeds called amygdalin. Don’t believe in the misinformation telling you that this is ineffective. It has excellent anti-cancer properties for prevention and reversal.
As part of a metabolic nutritional therapy regimen, apricot seeds or kernels are widely used with other things to fight cancer effectively.
Another great food source containing potent anti-cancer compounds is blackberries. Other berries having similar properties, such as strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries, are also anti-cancerous.
In the late 1980s, work done by Professor found that berries contained a compound high in ellagic acid having tumor-reducing properties.
With a combination of other compounds such as folic acid and phytochemicals … today, many have recognized berries as part of an armory for cancer prevention and reversal.
Garlic has been highly praised in the cancer-fighting strategy. Research has shown that garlic contains allicin and has anti-cancerous properties…
Garlic quite rightly has been a highly recommended food and is a powerful antioxidant.
Affectionately nicknamed the ‘stinking rose’ because of its smelly sulfur compounds. However, these sulfur compounds contribute to many health benefits.
Broccoli is one of a number of the cruciferous ‘family’ vegetables (cauliflower, cress, and cabbage…) that has cancer-fighting properties.
According to Jed Fahey of Michigan University, broccoli is the only one with a compound called sulforaphane having properties that enhance our body’s protective enzymes and flush away carcinogenic chemicals.
Broccoli has been known to reduce lung, skin, stomach, breast, prostate, and liver cancers.
Carotenoids, an antioxidant and potent anti-cancer vitamin, are abundant in carrots and are known to be particularly beneficial against rectal cancer. Markets have carrots readily available. Eat them raw or in a salad for the optimum reaction.
Include tomatoes in your diet on a daily basis. Eat them cooked, raw, or as part of a salad. Lycopene, a carotenoid found in tomatoes, is thought to reduce the risk of prostate cancer. There is no reason why tomatoes shouldn’t be a regular part of your diet, as they are readily available throughout the year.
Consistent with Hippocrates saying, “Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food,” these are some of the most powerful anti-cancer foods, either greatly underestimated or ignored by mainstream medicine.
Indeed, the more you can incorporate these into your diet by habit or by seizing the opportunity… the better.