February 7, 2014 1:37 pm

February 2014 Cancer Demystified~Cancer Fighting Foods

In my medical practice, I am often asked by patients, “What should I be eating to help avoid getting cancer?” While no single food or vitamin can protect you against cancer by itself, strong evidence exists that eating certain foods can lower your risk of getting cancer. These are my top ten foods:

  1. Wine, particularly red wine, has a high concentration of resveratrol, which is derived from the skin of grapes. Resveratrol is a natural plant compound that contains antioxidant and inflammatory properties.  Moderate drinking of red wine has also long been known to reduce the risk of heart disease.
  2. Vegetables from the cabbage or mustard families, such as broccoli, kale, and collards are also suggested.  The recommendation is that you not overcook the vegetables and chew them well as that seems to help release the cancer-fighting properties of the food.
  3. Drinking green tea, either hot or cold, has been found to slow cancer growth.
  4. Eating dark green vegetables such as spinach, which is packed with antioxidants, is helpful.
  5. Consuming beans and lentils can slow or prevent damage to DNA.
  6. Berries contain chemicals which can inhibit tumor growth. Try adding a variety of berries to your diet.
  7. Chocolate, especially dark chocolate containing 70% cacao, has a high level of antioxidants and appears to be a protection against heart disease and cancer.
  8. Foods containing vitamin D, such as eggs, mushrooms, catfish, salmon, sardines and mackerel, seem to interfere with cancer growth.  Taking a vitamin D supplement works as well.
  9. Adding ginger or turmeric to your food is advised, as lab tests have shown that these spices can slow cancer growth.
  10.  The vitamin B family, including folate, has been found to have cancer preventing propertiesSample foods that contain vitamin B are liver, almonds, potatoes, and whole grain breads.



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