Check out these cancer-fighting foods

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According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, “No single food or food component can protect you against cancer by itself. Strong evidence does show that a diet filled with a variety of plant foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans helps lower risk for many cancers.”

Important definitions (from the American Cancer Society)

  • Free radicals (the bad guys) can damage important cellular molecules such as DNA (our genetic blue print) or lipids (fats in the cell wall) or other parts of the cell, and this damage can lead to cancer. To prevent free radical damage, the body has a defense system of antioxidants.
  • Antioxidant (the good guy) is a compound that destroys free radicals that can damage cells. Antioxidants are intimately involved in the prevention of cellular damage ““ the common pathway for cancer, aging and a variety of diseases. Antioxidants are molecules that can safely interact with free radicals and terminate the chain reaction before vital molecules are damaged.

The recommended way to get antioxidants is through food. Eating the “colors of the rainbow” (all colors of fruits and vegetables) assures that all forms of antioxidants are being ingested. For most people, it’s sensible to get nutrients from whole foods rather than supplements. By eating a balanced diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans, most of us should be able to obtain all the nutrients we need.

Foods that fight cancer* – eat the colors of the rainbow

Apples
Blueberries
Broccoli and Cruciferous (Cabbage Family) Vegetables
Cherries
Coffee
Cranberries
Dark Green Leafy Vegetables
Flaxseed
Garlic
Grapefruit
Grapes
Green Tea
Legumes (Dry Beans, Peas and Lentils)
Soy
Squash
Tomatoes
Walnuts
Whole Grains

*The list continues to grow with ongoing research.

NOTE:

  • Avoid meats and eggs that come from animals/poultry fed antibiotics and hormones.
  • Select fruits and vegetables that have been grown close to home without use of pesticides.
  • Limit animal fat in the diet and avoid charring meat when cooking (both are being researched and are thought to be contributors to cancer).