Foods rich in phytochemicals are
great for reducing your cancer risk, reports the American Institute for Cancer
Research, which reviews research on the links between nutrition and cancer.
To get the maximum benefit, make sure you have at least five servings per day
of the following food:
Cruciferous veggies (cabbage,
cauliflower, broccoli) - Are rich in phytochemicals that
increase liver enzyme activity needed to detoxify carcinogens and other
foreign compounds. Contains sulphoraphane, a phytochemical that blocks tumor
growth. Studies show steady diet can reduce risk of lung, stomach, colon,
rectum and prostate cancers.
including soybeans - Legumes are rich in saponins, protease
inhibitors and phytic acid. Saponins help keep normal cells from turning
into cancer cells and prevent cancer cells from growing. Phytic acid helps
enhance immunity and work as antioxidant to neutralize cell-damaging free
- Have antioxidants that protect you from free radical damage.
Onions, garlic, chives
and other veggies in alium family - Rich in sulfur compounds
(called allyl sufides) that act as cancer-blocking or cancer-suppressing
agents. They increase toxin-eliminating enzymes in liver, and sweep cancer-causing
chemicals out of your body. Plus, they increase activity of certain immune
system cells like macrophages.
Carotenoid-rich foods (deep
orange, yellow, red and green veggies) - Protect against
rapid cell production, which can increase risk of cancer, and contain antioxidants
that are important in fighting free radicals.
Are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, a healthy fat that may reduce risk of gastrointestinal
and colon cancers. They protect by restricting production of prostaglandins,
the inflammatory compound that acts as tumor promoters.
- Have lycopene, a phytochemical with anticancer effect's--it's a potent
antioxidant that stops free radicals from tearing cell membranes and harming
DNA, plus restores normal cellular communication so that signals can be
sent to halt the growth of cancer cells.
- Have polysaccharides, which stimulate the immune system and provide anticancer
protection. They increase production of immune system defenders such as
cytokines and macrophages, which recognize and destroy cancer cells, viruses
and seeds - Provide concentrated energy, large amounts of
protein, mineral and vitamins.
tea - Contains polyphenols, powerful antioxidants that limit
cell replication, a primary characteristic of cancer. They also inhibit
compounds involved in tumor survival and metastasis, and eliminate free
radicals that can alter DNA, causing cell mutation.