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Simple Foods that May Keep Cancer Away

There are many possible avenues that lead to a person developing cancer, and while some are just tied to individual characteristics, like a genetic predisposition or age, other factors can be easily managed.  Healthy life choices along with plenty of physical activity and a balanced diet are generally the recommended recipe for reducing your risk [...]

There are many possible avenues that lead to a person developing cancer, and while some are just tied to individual characteristics, like a genetic predisposition or age, other factors can be easily managed.  Healthy life choices along with plenty of physical activity and a balanced diet are generally the recommended recipe for reducing your risk of cancer (and many other diseases and conditions).

Among all factors, following a nutritional plan or just general advice is probably the simplest way of lowering your chances of cancer and at the same time the one most overlooked.  Here are some simple suggestions that anyone can incorporate in their lives.

The popular phrase “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” actually holds a lot of merits when it comes to cancer.  Polyphenols found within the fruit have long been hailed as having anticancer properties, as well as prevent inflammation, cardiovascular diseases, and infections.  One such natural phytochemical, phloretin, has been shown to inhibit a protein called glucose transporter 2 (GLUT2) which plays a role in cell growth for a number of cancers.

Cruciferous vegetables, for example, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, contain a multitude of beneficial nutrients, including vitamin C, vitamin K, and manganese.  One long term study highlighted that “higher intake of fruits and vegetables, and specifically cruciferous and yellow/orange vegetables, may reduce the risk of breast cancer, especially those that are more likely to be aggressive tumors”.

Berries – rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants.   Several studies have explored their ability to deter cancer, including one that noted blueberries modulating the inflammatory response in advanced breast malignancy.  Anthocyanin, a common compound found in blackberries has been linked with protecting against colon cancer.

Carrots are a great source of essential nutrients, vitamin K, A and antioxidants.  They contain high amounts of beta carotene which studies indicate to play an essential role in supporting the immune system and preventing several cancers.

If you’re looking for a healthy form of protein, go with some fish, like salmon, mackerel or anchovies.  They have plenty of vitamins, (A, B, D) as well as provide omega 3 fatty acids.  One study determined that people adhering to diets high in fresh fish can have up to 53% lower risk of colorectal cancer.

Nuts in general are a great healthy option for keeping you safe from disease.  As a snack or sprinkled in salads, they will provide plenty of micronutrients to boost your immunity.  One article reports that “diets with a higher consumption of nuts may be associated with a significantly reduced incidence of cancer recurrence and death in patients with stage III colon cancer”.

Now that you know a bit more about their health benefits, maybe you’ll include some of these suggestions on the shopping list.

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