5 Top Cancer-Fighting Foods

May 05, 2011 No Comments by
  1. Apples, berries, broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables, and citrus fruits contain flavonoids, which act as antioxidants. Flavonoids are also thought to prevent DNA damage to cells.
  2. Tomatoes and tomato products contain lycopene, which has been found to have protective effects against prostate cancer.
  3. Onions and garlic contain sulfur compounds that may stimulate the immune system’s natural defenses against cancer, and they may have the potential to reduce tumor growth. Studies suggest that garlic can reduce the incidence of stomach cancer by factor of 12.
  4. Green tea contains EGCG, a catechin that may help fight cancer in three ways: it may reduce the formation of carcinogens in the body, increase the body’s natural defenses, and supress cancer promotion. Some scientists believe that EGCG may be one of the most powerful anticancer compounds ever discovered.
  5. Brazil nuts, seafood, some meats and fish, bread, wheat brain, wheat germ, oats, and brown rice are the best sources of selenium, a trace mineral that is another powerful cancer-fighter. In one major study, selenium significantly reduced the incidence of lung, prostate, and colorectal cancers in participants who received 200 mcg selenium for 4-5 years. This has led to follow-up studies investigating whether selenium in combination with vitamin E has a protective effect against prostate cancer. Plant foods, especially wheat, provide much of the selenium in the North American diet although their selenium content will vary according to the selenium content of the soil in which they are grown.

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