1Foods to Fight Cancer
Foods that we eat play a role in the risk of developing cancer
The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) recommends eating a mostly plantbased diet while limiting red and processed meat in order to lower cancer risk. Red meats include beef, and lamb and processed
plant-based diet focuses on fruits, vegetables,legumes and whole grains.
Plant-based foods are full of cancer-fighters like vitamins, minerals, fiber, and phytochemicals.
What are Phytochemicals?
- Phytochemicals are plant chemicals that have protective or disease preventative properties.
They have been shown to:
- stimulate the immune system
- prevent DNA damage
- help repair DNA
- slow the growth of tumors
- regulate hormones
- trigger damaged cells to die before they can multiply
Many phytochemicals are antioxidants which prevent the body’s cells from damage that may lead to cancer or other diseases.
including strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, cranberries
- Contain ellagic acid* and vitamin C to hinder tumor growth and protect cells’ DNA
- Good source of dietary fiber which can increase fullness, and help control body weight
- Good bacteria in the gut (probiotics) use fiber to protect the gut (colon cells).
- Contain anthocyanins* which are found to inhibit the growth of cancer cells and stimulate destruction of cancer cells