Cancer doesn’t discriminate and affects far too many of us. As a woman, it’s important to be aware that nearly one million women each year are diagnosed with cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. But you don’t have to be one of them. Adding certain foods to your diet may reduce your risk of developing cancer and can help you fight the disease—especially when enjoyed as part of a healthy lifestyle. As we continue our October focus on Women’s Wellness, we’re serving up six tasty foods that may help you turn the tables on cancer.
1. Pick the Protection of Berries
For a sweet burst of cancer protection, berries are the perfect pick. Whether fresh, frozen or dried, berries are bursting with vitamins A, C and E, which are powerful antioxidants that may help prevent many cancers from both growing or spreading. Since there are so many kinds of berries with varying amounts of nutrients, be sure to pick a variety and add them to meals and snacks for maximum berry benefits.
2. Spice Up Your Life with Garlic
Garlic may be bad for your breath, but it offers good cancer protection. Naturally anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-fungal, garlic has been used throughout history to prevent infections and protect from disease. The same sulfur compounds that give garlic its distinctive aroma can help stimulate your body’s natural defenses against cancer, speed up cell repair and even destroy cancer cells. To get the maximum benefits, eat garlic as raw as possible. If you can only handle it cooked, chop or crush your garlic before heating and let it sit for a few minutes to release the natural compounds that provide strong cancer protection.
3. Get Saucy with Tomatoes
To-may-to, to-mah-to, no matter how you say it, all that matters is that you eat it. Tomatoes are brimming with lycopene, a powerful phytochemical that causes tomatoes to be red, which has been shown to provide protection from many types of cancer. Just remember that lycopene is most absorbable by your body when tomatoes are cooked or eaten with healthy fats like olive oil. So make a big batch of tomato sauce, enjoy a bowl of tomato soup or roast tomato halves in the oven to add to pizzas and pastas, then savor the tomato’s cancer-fighting powers.
4. Stalk the Broccoli
Mom always told you to eat your broccoli, but now it’s more important than ever. Broccoli is full of sulforaphane, which is a potent phytochemical found in cruciferous vegetables that helps increase the body’s protective enzymes and remove cancer-causing chemicals. Since phytochemicals can be destroyed by heat, you’ll get more of broccoli’s benefits by eating it as raw as you can. If you prefer it cooked, lightly steam your stalks for that satisfying crunch and the satisfaction of better health.
5. Go with the Whole Grain
Whole grains are full of a whole lot of benefits. See, whole grains provide the total benefit of the entire grain kernel, rather than refined grains which are missing their healthiest layers. Whole grains like oats, whole-wheat bread, brown rice, and ancient grains such as quinoa, barley and spelt are high in fiber, B vitamins, vitamin E, selenium and natural plant compounds that may lower your risk of developing several kinds of cancer. It’s easy to add whole grains to every meal of the day, but it can be hard to know if you’re getting the whole truth about what you’re eating. Look for the words “100% whole grain” on the package or check the label to make sure that the first ingredient is “whole wheat” or “whole” with the name of another grain.
6. Give the Green Light to Dark Leafy Greens
It’s time to turn over a new leaf and discover how dark leafy greens like spinach, kale, romaine, Swiss chard and collard greens are some of the best cancer-fighting foods you can eat. Packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytonutrients, dark leafy greens are full of antioxidants that help battle and remove free radicals from your body, which can help slow or stop the growth of several kinds of cancer. So toss a handful into salads, stir them into soups, stuff them into omelets or blend them up in smoothies to start going green today.
When paired with a healthy lifestyle, these six delicious foods can satisfy your craving for natural cancer protection.
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