Research shows that fruits and vegetables are able to fight cancer
Foods like vegetables - papaya, sweet potato, avocado, grapefruit, mushrooms, etc. are good for cancer prevention.
These foods can prevent breast cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, skin cancer, ovarian cancer, cervical cancer, liver cancer, etc. so include them in your diet.
A growing body of research shows that fruits and vegetables, especially richly coloured varieties, can reduce the risk of cancer. The raw vegetables are more beneficial. However, note that all vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, Brussel sprouts, etc. cannot be taken raw as they contain oxalates, excess of which can lead to gall stones. Never overcook vegetables, it will help retain their benefits. There are several vegetables and fruits that should be eaten to fight cancer.
The apples have anti-cancer properties. Apple can either inhibit or kill cancer cells, according to a Cornell University research carried out in october 2007. The research team identified about 10 comounds, triteroenoides in apple peel that have potent anti-proliferative activities against human liver, colon and breast cancer cells.
It is a powerful antioxidant and a strong source of phytochemicals - betacarotene, vitamin C, folate, vitamin E and unsaturated fats. Recent studies (2007) at the Ohio State University, says that extracts from Hass avocados could kill oral cancer cells as well as arrest their growth. The phytochemicals present in avocado either kill the pre-cancerous cells or stop the growth of pre-cancerous cells in the body without affecting normal cells.
- Broccoli & Cabbage
The cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cabbage contain a isothiocyanates and indole-3-carbinol which are known to lower cancer risk. The indole-3-carbinol converts cancer promoting estrogen into a protective element, sulforaphane. The sulforaphane raises the levels of certain enzymes that defend the body from cigarette smoke, pesticides, fumes, etc.
Researchers at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York reported at the meeting of the American Association of Cancer Research in Dec 2007 that just 3 servings a month of raw broccoli or cabbage can reduce the risk of bladder cancer by as much as 40%. The effects were most striking in non-smokers.
It has recently been discovered that the compounds isothiocyanates in broccoli can actually kill breast cancer cells in a similar way to chemotherapy drug taxol and vincristine, reports the Daily Express in 2009. This research was done at the University of California by Professors Leslie Wilson and Mary Ann Jordan at the Santa Barbara Laboratories.
Eggplant reduces risk of colon cancer and has been found to be useful in the treatment of colon cancer due to its high fiber content. When fiber moves through the digestive tract, it has the tendency to absorb toxins and chemicals that can lead to the development of colon cancer. Be sure to include the skin of the eggplant during consumption. Research has found that the skin of eggplant may contain more fiber that the actual eggplant itself.
SpicesCayenne Pepper/Capsaicin (Chilli peppers), Cinnamon, Cumin, Fennel, Ginger, Oregano, Saffron, Turmeric are the spices that battle against cancer besides anise, basil, caraway, cloves, fenugreek, mustard, rosemary are other cancer suppressing foods.
- Garlic and Onion
It contains alluvium compounds that improves immune power, block carcinogens from entering cells and slow tumor development. Studies have linked garlic and onions to lower risk of stomach and colon cancer. Fresh raw garlic is more beneficial.
According to a research carried out in 2007 by Carlotta Galeone of the Istituto di Ricerche Farmocologiche in Milan, people whose diets are rich in onions, garlic, and other alliums have a lower risk of several types of cancer than those who avoid them.
- Grapefruit, orange and citrus fruits
The citrus fruits contain contains vitamin c, betacarotene and folic acid that help to prevent cancer and reduce cholesterol.
It contains certain nitrogen compounds, isothiocyanates, phytochemicals that may stop the conversion of certain lesions to cancerous cells in estrogen-sensitive tissues, and also may suppress tumor growth.
Eating 1/3rd of an ounce of fresh mushrooms daily could slash the risk of breast cancer by 64 per cent in both pre- and post-menopausal women, says a new research published in the International Journal of Cancer in March 2009. Dried mushrooms had a slightly less protective effect, reducing the risk by around half. There is evidence that mushrooms act in a similar way to breast cancer drugs called aromatase inhibitors which block the body's production of the cancer-feeding hormone oestrogen.
It has vitamin C, an antioxidant and folic acid. It may reduce absorption of cancer-causing nitrosamines from the soil or processed foods. Antioxidants and folic acid have been shown to reduce certain cancers.
According to researchers at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research, pineapple restrain cancer growth as extract of crushed pineapple stems, bromelain promise in suppressing cancer growth.
- Sweet Potato
It contains lot of betacarotene, vitamin C and folic acid which may protect DNA in the cell nucleus from cancer causing chemicals outside the nuclear membrane.
Tofu contains estrogens that could help prevent breast cancer and prostate cancer by blocking and suppressing cancerous changes.
- Tomato & Broccoli
The results of a recent research conducted at the Food Science and Human Nutrition at the University of Illinois, indicates that eating tomatoes and broccoli together may offer better protection against cancer than eating either vegetable alone. "Separately, these two foods appear to have enormous cancer-fighting potential. Together, they bring out the best in each other and maximise the cancer-fighting effect," Erdman said.
For prevention of cancer, you should eat dark green vegetables which contain betacarotene, lutein and folic acid - helpful in cancer prevention and healing. The darker the green vegetable, the more is its anticancer effect. Also in clude in your diet: Tea (green and black), ginger root, garlic, broccoli, onions, carrots, mushrooms, soyabeans, tomatoes, papaya, avocado, apple, pineapple, citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruit, sweet lime and lime, etc., green vegetables like spinach, lettuce, broccoli, french beans, radish leaves, green fenugreek (methi), okra (bhindi), sarson saag (mustard leaves), etc. have cancer preventing chemicals.