Top 7 Cancer-Fighting Foods
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Berries are incredibly rich in antioxidants; they supply vitamins such as C, A and Gallic acid. Gallic acid is a natural stimulator for the immune system which is incredibly beneficial when fighting diseases including cancer. It can be of any kind such as blueberries, strawberries, blackberries even cherries. Whether in normal, dried or powder form, berries are still able to maintain their protecting powers.
Bright orange fruits and vegetables :
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They include citrus fruits, sweet potato, squash and many more. Their bright colors are a clear tell that they are full phytochemicals especially carotenoid antioxidants. These carotenoids are derivatives of vitamin A. One of the most important carotenoids is the infamous beta-carotene which is significantly important for the immune system. It helps in the immune functioning, maintaining liver health and protecting against cancer in the skin, eyes and organs.
Herbs and spices :
These include fresh garlic, thyme, ginger, cayenne pepper, oregano and many more, but most importantly out of them all is turmeric as it has been proven to have a certain ingredient called curcumin. Curcumin has shown to decrease tumor sizes and help prevent and fight breast and colon cancer. It’s well worthy to add that black pepper aids tremendously in turmeric’s absorption, so they’re best taken together for the greatest effect.
Nuts and Seeds :
Nuts and seeds are full of rich fatty acids, fibers, and a range of important minerals that help you balance your nutritional intake every day which is an important step to fight cancer. Out of the many nuts and seeds out there chia seeds, flaxseeds, hemp seeds, walnuts, almonds and sunflower seeds stand out the most for their nutrient-dense ingredients. They can be a part of any recipe and incorporated in smoothies.
Although there are many types of mushrooms out there, they’ve all proven to be immune-system-enhancers. However, Reishi, maitake and cordyceps particularly showed properties that helped improve the immune system and fight growing tumors. You can find these particular types of mushrooms in tablets or you can even add to some of your at home dishes.
Traditional teas :
A great reason why most cancer patients die is because of a phase in cancer called Metastasis where the tumor cell begins to migrate and invade surrounding tissue. This is where green tea supposedly helps as it contains major polyphenolic compounds, including epigallocatechin-3-gallate, that inhibit the essential invasion of tumor cells and decrease cancer risks. Although other teas such as black or oolong tea have been reported to have positive effects too, green tea still outshines them with its greatest impact and percentage of polyphenolic compounds, catechin, gallocatechin and EGCG.
Wild caught fish :
It has been proven that wild and especially small fish like salmon, sardines and mackerel have high omega-3 levels that exert high levels of anti-inflammatory ingredients that aid in cancer prevention and in natural enhancement of antitumor therapies. It has also been shown to reduce the side effects usually obtained by receiving chemotherapy as well as preserving muscle mass.