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10 Cancer-Fighting Foods

Posted by on Jun. 13, 2010 at 7:28 PM
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I hope you like this info!!!


1. Beans
Beans contain a number of phytochemicals, which have been shown to prevent or slow genetic damage to cells. While this makes beans beneficial for helping to reduce your risk of many types of cancer, specific research has suggested they are especially potent in preventing prostate cancer. As an added bonus, the high fiber content of beans has been connected with a lower risk of digestive cancers.

2. Berries
The two most widely studied cancer-fighting compounds in berries are ellagic acid (richest in strawberries and raspberries) and anthocyanosides (richest in blueberries). Ellagic acid is believed to help prevent skin, bladder, lung, and breast cancers, both by acting as an antioxidant and by slowing the reproduction of cancer cells. The anthocyanosides in blueberries are currently the most powerful antioxidants known to scientists and are beneficial in the prevention of all types of cancer.

3. Cruciferous Vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale)
Cruciferous vegetables-like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and kale-are rich in a variety of compounds that have been shown to slow cancer growth and development in a number of laboratory studies. Other larger human studies have shown that cruciferous vegetables can help to reduce the risk of lung, stomach, colorectal, prostate, and bladder cancers.

4. Dark Green Leafy Vegetables
Leafy-green vegetables-like romaine lettuce, mustard greens, chicory, and Swiss chard-are rich sources of antioxidants called carotenoids. These compounds scavenge dangerous free radicals from the body before they can promote cancer growth. The vegetables are also rich in folate, a vitamin shown to reduce the risk of lung and breast cancer.

5. Flaxseed
Flaxseed in the form of oil and meal contains phytoestrogens believed to reduce the risk of breast, skin, and lung cancer. Research on the potency of flaxseed as an anti-cancer food is still underway.

6. Garlic (including onions, scallions, leeks, and chives)
Garlic contains a number of compounds believed to slow or stop the growth of tumors. One such compound, diallyl disulfide, appears to be especially potent in protecting against skin, colon, and lung cancer, though it is not known exactly how it functions.

7. Grapes
Grapes and wine contain a chemical called resveratrol, which has been shown to be a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. Resveratrol is thought to work by preventing cell damage before it begins. Red and purple grapes are the richest sources of resveratrol.

8. Green Tea (decaf)
Green tea is a rich source of a class of flavonoids known as catechins. Laboratory studies have shown that the catechins present in green tea are able to slow or prevent the development of cancer in colon, liver, breast, and prostate cells.

9. Tomatoes
The anti-cancer compound in tomatoes, lycopene, has been shown to be especially potent in combating prostate cancer. This compound appears to be more easily absorbed if the tomatoes are eaten in cooked form-either as tomato sauce, paste, or juice. In addition to preventing prostate cancer, lycopene may also protect against breast, lung, stomach, and pancreatic cancer.

10. Whole Grains
Whole grains contain a variety of anti-cancer compounds, including fiber, antioxidants, and phytoestrogens. When eaten as part of a balanced diet, whole grains can help decrease the risk of developing most types of cancer.

by Melissa Breyer ( not bp)

by on Jun. 13, 2010 at 7:28 PM
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iluv2meow
by on Jun. 13, 2010 at 7:32 PM


Quoting mom3kids2cats:

I hope you like this info!!!


1. Beans
Love beans I eat beans, crave beans, will die eating beans

2. Berries
Love berries, eat berries, crave berries will die eating berries

3. Cruciferous Vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale)
Love veggies, crave veggies, eat veggies they give me gas but what the hell

4. Dark Green Leafy Vegetables
Love salads they give me gas and the shits, but hey, its good stuff.

5. Flaxseed
Well I dont eat this....

6. Garlic (including onions, scallions, leeks, and chives)
I cook garlic in foods does that count?

7. Grapes
I love red wines Im a wine aholic

8. Green Tea (decaf)
oh crap Im currently drinking coffee... Anything on coffee???

9. Tomatoes
Oh hell Im addicted to tomatoes Ill eat enough of it I shit my pants

10. Whole Grains
We are def grain eaters makes me constipated though


savannahs1mom
by on Jun. 13, 2010 at 7:33 PM

Woohoo! I eat those all of those on a regular basis! :) score!

iluv2meow
by on Jun. 13, 2010 at 7:34 PM


Quoting savannahs1mom:

Woohoo! I eat those all of those on a regular basis! :) score!

do they give you gas or the shits?

savannahs1mom
by on Jun. 13, 2010 at 7:35 PM

both and LOTS!

Quoting iluv2meow:


Quoting savannahs1mom:

Woohoo! I eat those all of those on a regular basis! :) score!

do they give you gas or the shits?


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HeatherM0529
by on Jun. 13, 2010 at 7:36 PM

I do all on a regular basis. Except Flaxseed. I want to start though!

StarsChildren
by on Jun. 13, 2010 at 7:37 PM

Cool, thanks for sharing!

Kaybean
by Kayleen on Jun. 13, 2010 at 7:38 PM

Good thing I eat most of the things listed. I don't eat a whole lot of beans..people should be thankful for that lol, and I don't think I eat much with flaxseed or garlic, but everything else I eat and enjoy very much :)

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runner-mom
by on Jun. 13, 2010 at 7:39 PM

 

Quoting iluv2meow:



5. Flaxseed
Well I dont eat this....



You should try some! I buy the ground flaxseed, and add it into cereal, on top of salads, in smoothies, or in any type of baking I do (bread, muffins, etc).  It has a very, very light flavor, and is basically tasteless if you mix it into stuff.  Really high in Omega fatty acids!! (the good fat, similar to what you get from fish)

                
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mom3kids2cats
by on Jun. 13, 2010 at 9:06 PM

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