If you were perturbed by the list of cancer-causing foods analysed in our last blog post, thankfully there are also many foods that have excellent protective properties. We have collected a list of the most powerful cancer-fighting foods with which to stock your fridge and cupboards. You can fight the damage done by the carcinogenic foods we all consume from time to time by eating some of these health-giving options, all thoroughly recommended by the World Health Organisation. Read on to explore some of the best cancer-fighting foods.
1. Whole grains
Eating healthy whole grains has been shown to substantially lower the risk of developing colorectal cancer.
Oatmeal, barley, brown rice, and whole-wheat bread and pasta are all examples of whole grains.
Choose wholemeal grains wherever you can when cooking.
Wholemeal food also fills you up for longer. So try spag bol with wholemeal brown pasta for dinner and you shouldn’t get a rumbling stomach before bed.
2. Oily Fish
Oily fish is high in Omega-3, a powerful anti-inflammatory.
It also contains vitamin D, some B vitamins, selenium, protein and vitamin A, an important cancer-fighting vitamin.
Other important health benefits of eating oily fish include protecting against cardiovascular disease, age-related vision loss, prostate cancer and dementia.
Try adding herring, mackerel, sardines and salmon to your diet and feel the other benefits, from clearer skin to improved brain function.
3. Nuts and Seeds
Sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds are high in vitamin E and zinc, improving the immune system.
Almonds are also an excellent source of vitamin E, while brazil nuts are high in selenium, which is a potent anti-cancer mineral.
Try to include plenty of nuts and seeds in your diet for a quick and easy boost to your health – just sprinkle over muesli for a power-packed breakfast.
4. Broccoli and Dark Leafy Veg
Broccoli is high in fibre, which is rich in galactose, a special chemical that binds to damaging microbes in the intestine and improves gut bacteria.
Broccoli also contains indoles which diminish aggressive oestrogen action, reducing the risk of breast, prostate, brain and colorectal cancers.
In fact, all dark leafy veg contains masses of powerful antioxidants – even more reason to eat up those greens.
Garlic contains the active ingredient allicin, which destroys free radicals and stops the spread of cancer.
Garlic is also a powerful anti-inflammatory and prevents the spread of microbes and yeast.
Other top garlic properties include high levels of selenium, tryptophan and other active agents that attack cancer cells.
Eat 2 or 3 raw cloves of garlic every day to enjoy most benefit. You could also include a garlic capsule in your daily routine as a way to ingest the goodness without the odour!
It is also a great idea to get into the habit of adding garlic to all your main meals
Another way of ingesting more cancer-fighting foods is to mix them up in a blender and juice them.
This way you can include carrots, beetroot, fruits, leafy greens, seeds and nuts all together in a tasty drink for a daily power smoothie.
One great recipe for a brilliant broccoli smoothie is:
- 1 cup of broccoli florets
- A stick of celery
- An apple
- The juice of half a lemon
- A banana
- A big spoonful of honey or agave
- A quarter cup of almond milk
- Half a cup of water
Mix this all together in the blender for a powerful and delicious, vitamin-laden drink – and a great colour!
Now you’ve met some of the best cancer-fighting foods, check out our top 5 cancer-causing foods to see which foods and drinks to avoid.
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What are your favourite cancer-fighting foods from this list?
Which health-boosting foods or drinks would you add here?
Have you tried garlic capsules?
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