Cancer, even the mention of this word sends a chill down our spine. The affliction that cancer patients go through while fighting it can only be realized first hand, which nobody would want to endure.
However, there are certain preventive measures that can be taken to avoid this unwanted chill and much more. Researchers say that certain foods can prevent cancer in anybody.
There are so many stigmas attached to this problem that people consider it a topic off-limits for the most part. It is to be faced with facts and prevented rather than avoided.
Whether you have had a history of cancer in your family, or currently battle the disease yourself, lifestyle factors and habits, including your diet, can make a huge difference in helping you fight off different kinds of cancer.
The foods we took so lightly can be saviours if we pay just a little heed.
Apples, they contain quercetin, epicatechin, anthocyanins and Triterpenoids. They have been said to have anti-inflammatory properties and are strong antioxidants, that can lower the risk of Colorectal cancers. The majority of Quercetin (80%) is found in the apple peel and it can heal lung, breast and stomach cancer.
Blueberries are great antioxidants. Phytochemicals and flavonoids like Anthocyanins, Ellagic acid and Urolithin are present in blueberries. By consuming these, free radical damages to the DNA can be prevented, that leads to cancer. They also decrease the growth of breast, colon and prostate cancer cells.
Vegetables like Cauliflower, Green Cabbage, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, White Turnip, have Glucosinolates present in them, which is converted into isothiocyanates and indoles on consumption, which help decrease inflammation, one of the risk factors of cancer.
Walnuts, Alpha-linolenic acid , Gamma-tocopherol, Elligtannins, phytosterols and Melatonin are the major actives found in walnuts, which can prove very vital in preventing and treating breast cancer, colon tumor and prostate cancer. A regular consumption of walnuts has also shown decreased damage to the DNA.
Omega-3 fatty acids have been believed to have delaying or reducing effect on tumor development in breast and prostate cancer. The omega-3 fatty acids include alpha-linolenic acid, eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid. Olive oil is said to be the ideal source of these fatty acids. Seafood, especially cold-water fish like salmon, mackerel, sardines, also have high amounts of omega 3 fatty acids.
Garlic, this smelly ingredient can not only ward off vampires(according to some horror movies) but can also fight off cancer. Allicin and alkyl sulphur are the two important and active compounds in garlic that can prevent and fight cancer in both animals and humans.
Adding crushed garlic to your food can give you the full benefit of these compounds.
Fibre, is the one thing we tend to ignore heavily in our diets. Roughage, as it is so commonly called, not only keeps the digestive system clean and healthy, but also keeps cancer causing compounds out of the tract before they can create any harm.
Fibre is found in unprocessed foods which are fruits, vegetables, whole grain products, etc .
Grapefruit, capsicum, oranges, all have ample amounts of vitamin c in them, which prevents nitrogen compounds from forming in the body, which in turn can cause various kinds of cancer. To take full benefit of this vitamin, it is advised to take foods rich in this mineral rather than a supplement, which is less reliable.
Peanut and peanut butter are rich in vitamin E, which reduce the risk of contracting colon, stomach, lung and liver cancers. Almonds, sunflowers seeds can also do the trick, provided a healthy dose of such ingredients is incorporated in the diet.