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Three Ingredients of Foods That Prevent Cancer

April 07, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 153

What health condition do you fear most? If you are like most people, you answered "cancer". Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the U.S. (heart disease is number one). Cancer is associated in people's minds as a painful, drawn-out illness that is devastating to your body and also takes a huge toll on your loved ones and friends. Many people mistakenly believe that cancer is uncontrollable. Evidence proves this viewpoint wrong. The foods you eat may assist in preventing cancer. Certain foods may also improve the condition of current cancer patients.

Medical case study after case study give examples of patients who have successfully beat cancer, defying their prognoses, and eating the right foods was a big part of these success stories. For many years, researchers have studied the role nutrition plays in the prevention of cancer. Today, the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF), the biggest cancer research group in the United Kingdom, is a vocal proponent of the idea that between 35 and 70 percent of cancer is related to unhealthy diets. On the other hand, eating a healthy diet that is rich in superfoods like blueberries, almonds, and salmon may lower your risk of many cancers.

Cancer-fighting foods share many of the same properties, such as a high amount of phytochemicals, fiber, and antioxidants. Phytochemicals are found naturally in plants and are responsible for the color of blueberries and the smell of garlic. Fiber, or ruffage, is the indigestible portion of plants. Antioxidants is a molecular component of certain foods that inhibits the oxidation other molecules, which can damage cells.

Here are some examples of how foods with these three properties can help prevent cancers:

- Lycopene is a phytochemical found in tomatoes. According to studies done by the American Cancer Society, foods with a high concentration of lycopene may lower the risk of prostate cancer as well as other cancers. The link between lycopene and cancer is still being studied.

- Berries are rich in phytochemicals that have also been proven to assist in the prevention of cancer. The phytochemicals in the berries trigger antioxidant reactions. These antioxidant reactions act to neutralize the damage done to your body's cells by cancer.

- Red wine has two polyphenols known as catechins and resveratrol. Both of these polyphenols help protect against cancer by slowing down the growth of cancerous cells.

- Broccoli is a super food that inhibits the progression of hormone-sensitive cancers. These include breast and ovarian cancers.

- Several expensive studies have been conducted to see if garlic and garlic extracts can reduce the risk of cancer. Several of these studies support the notion that garlic and garlic extracts are effective at fighting several forms of cancer. More studies in this area are underway.

- Fiber rich foods such as legumes (beans) have been shown to alleviate inflammation in the colon, which in turn is linked with the reduction of colon cancer.

More research is needed to further understand what foods can prevent cancer and how they work. For now, it is important to know that the foods you eat can influence whether you develop cancer. In particular, foods rich in phytochemicals, fiber, and antioxidants can help inhibit the growth of many cancers.

Chris has been writing articles online for nearly 2 years now. Not only does this author specialize in diet, fitness and weight loss, he also helps his friends publish websites related to the subject. You can also check out her latest website on weight loss smoothies which gives great advice and recipes for smoothies for weight loss. Visit

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