Cancer is a disease recognised worldwide and affecting millions of people every year. Cancer has various causes, some of which include poor diet, toxin exposure, and genetics. However, the good news is there are certain foods that have been known to cure cancer or help the body fight it!
Let’s take a look at the top cancer-fighting foods you need to add to your diet as soon as you can.
It’s likely that throughout your life you’ve been told to eat your greens. Plenty of leafy greens are imperative for any healthy diet as they are rich in minerals, vitamins, antioxidants and enzymes, but they are very low in calories, fats, and toxins.
Prioritise eating plenty of leafy greens such as spinach, kale, broccoli and more. These healthy greens contain natural sources of glycosylates which can help kill off cancer cells and prevent tumours from forming. And all you need to do is add a handful of leafy greens to your lunch and dinner each day to increase your intake of the nutrient-filled goodness.
One of the top high-antioxidant foods in the world, berries are considered a superfood and should be a part of your regular dietary habits. Berries, whether blueberries, cherries, raspberries, strawberries, goji berries, or blackberries, are easy to find and add into numerous recipes.
Berries are a fantastic source of vitamin C, vitamin A, and gallic acid (an antifungal and antiviral agent that can increase immunity). What’s even better is that berries have been known to have anti-aging properties! So, if you want to reduce your chance of cancer whilst also staying young, a daily serving of berries could be just what you need.
Plenty of Colour
One of the most important ways you can ensure you’re eating a varied and balanced diet is to ensure there are plenty of colours on your plate. A good tip us to eat off of black plates to see the colour contrasts more clearly.
What’s more, the more colourful foods are naturally, the more they are full of phytochemicals (that is, natural chemicals that have protective or disease preventative properties). This is exactly why you should want to “eat to rainbow” and ensure there are various colours of the foods on your plate.
When it comes to carbohydrates, studies have shown that complex carbs, including sweet potatoes, carrots, beets, and various whole-grain foods is related to a significant reduction in the risk of several types of cancer – particularly in the digestive system!
One of the best fresh herbs and spices for your body, turmeric contains the active ingredient of curcumin which has been shown to decrease tumour size and fight various cancers.
Turmeric can be absorbed by the body effectively when added with black pepper and can fight inflammation. You should aim to intake one teaspoon of turmeric powder and ¼ spoon of black pepper every day. You can add this to your morning eggs, a veggie stir fry, or simply have it on its own (if you’re brave enough!) Making this small change on a daily basis can have significant health benefits for you.
If you eat meat, it is important to choose organic as often as possible. Organic meats are recommended for many cancer-fighting diets since they are considered some of the best sources of vitamin B12 on the planet and can help cleanse the liver and enhance the body’s ability to remove toxins from the blood and digestive tract. Organic meat is an essential food is the ketogenic diet which has been proven to have numerous health benefits for people with cancer, type 2 diabetes, and epilepsy.
Cultured Dairy Products
Speaking of the digestive tract, one of the most beneficial foods for your digestion is “good bacteria” found in cultured dairy products such as yoghurts and cheeses. The microorganisms found in these products help promote a natural bacterial balance that increases immunity. And with over 80% of your immune system housed in your gut, it’s no surprise that probiotic foods can help prevent tumour growth and help cells renew.
Nuts and Seeds
Eating plenty of nuts and seeds daily can have a significant effect on your overall health and wellbeing. Chia seeds and flaxseeds are two of the most nutrient-dense seeds in the world and provide a range of important minerals. You can easily add nuts and seeds into your diet by including them in smoothies, baked goods, and cereals. Aim for two tablespoons of nuts and seeds daily to ensure you get a proper intake of goodness.
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