Though a cure from cancer has not been invented yet, a number of precautions can be taken in order to decrease probability of getting this terrifying diagnosis. It is known pretty well that certain lifestyle and diet can influence one’s health, including chance to malignant change, both in negative and positive ways. Luckily, some foods have proven to be able to either work as a preventive measure or, in some cases, even fight already existing cancer back.
Even though it may seem obvious and banal, natural foods is a great way to maintain good state of physical health that, in turn, ensures plenty of various life opportunities for everyone. Moreover, as National Cancer Institute states, around a third of all cancer deaths may be connected with one’s diet. Therefore it is a necessity to carefully consider what one puts in their stomach, as healthy food ensures longer and healthier life. Diversity is important here, as no food contains all the nutrients and vitamins required for our body’s efficient work.
As research has concluded, a lipid avocatin B that can be found in an avocado fruit, can effectively battle malignant cells of acute myeloid leukemia (AML), leaving good blood cells unharmed.
Another study shows that component called sulforaphane that can be found in broccoli and especially broccoli sprouts can inhibit growth of cancer stem cells in cases of breast cancer.
Cruciferous vegetables (cauliflower, kale, turnips, radishes etc.)
Such foods contain a lot of various useful elements, like b-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin. Some studies have concluded that eating good amounts of these foods may decrease risk of getting prostate cancer. Also, during digestion cruciferous vegetables are broken down to indoles and isothiocyanates that have the ability to inactivate carcinogens.
Carrots are packed with elements that work like antioxidants and also have cancer-fighting functions. For example, luteolin has shown it has anti-cancer properties during clinical trials. Vitamin A is able to activate carcinogen-metabolizing enzymes.
Flavonoids that garlic contains, such as kaempferol and quercetin are proven to have anti-cancer properties along with other components, inulin, that helps in preventing colon cancer by growing good bacteria in there, and saponins, that have shown they are effective in anti-tumor activity.
Grapes and grape juice are extremely rich with resveratrol, an element that had demonstrated anti-inflammatory properties and ability to both prevent conditions causing malignant change and effectively fighting colon and leukemic tumors.
Soy is a good source of sphingolipids that take part in growth of cells and control over their normality, destroying aberrant cells and regulating tumor growth.
Various polyphenols that both black and green tea contains, have strong antioxidant properties. They are also known to slow down spread of malignant cells in one’s organism and tumor cells invasiveness.
Due to an element lycopene that has anti-cancer properties, tomatoes are recommendable to be included in a diet of persons suffering from the disease. It also reduces risks of developing malignant change among healthy people.
Dark green leafy vegetables (spinach, chicory, romaine lettuce, leaf lettuce, collard greens)
These foods have carotenoids that act like antioxidants and are able to recognize and stop free radicals before they do harm and trigger malignant change of body cells. Moreover, they might be able to slow down the growth of already existing cancer cells in cases of breast, stomach, lung or skin cancer.
While the foods listed above cannot act as an actual cure from cancer, elements they contain will have a significant positive influence on one’s organism. Thus, it is recommendable one would pay as much attention to their diet as possible and make it most healthy and rich with vitamins, antioxidants, nutrients and all kinds of other necessary elements.