Fill Your Plate with Cancer Fighting Foods

Prevent and fight cancer causing cells with these common foods

According to the National Cancer Institute (through NIH) and the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), there are many types of food to help prevent and fight cancer. The best thing, too – these vitamin-enriched foods can boost more than your immune system. Cancer-fighting food is often rich in antioxidants, fiber, carotenoids and more, all of which will promote health, increase energy and enhance your mood.

Can Food Really Help Fight Cancer?

When answering the question as to whether food can really prevent or fight cancer it’s important to consider that each person has a unique medical history, genetic makeup, and daily habits. In general, however, there is strong research to support the idea that a diet filled with certain foods can help lower the risk of many cancers.

The benefits from cancer fighting foods can be either indirect or direct. Directly, certain vitamins and minerals have demonstrated anti-cancer tendencies which, when compounded together in the overall diet, can provide a strong cancer protection. Additionally, because excess body fat increases the risk of several types of cancer, an indirect cancer-fighting benefit of a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods is the maintenance of a healthy weight.

3 Prize Cancer Food Fighters

1. Cruciferous vegetables – they are full of carotenoids and nutrients that demonstrate the ability to thwart the development and spread of cancer. Examples of cruciferous veggies include:

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  • Brussels sprouts
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Collard greens
  • Horseradish
  • Kale  
  • Radishes
  • Rutabaga
  • Turnips

2. Phytochemicals – refers to plant-based chemicals that can aid the immune system, reduce inflammation leading to cancer growth, reduce the likelihood for carcinogens and help regulate hormones, among many other benefits. Look to these samplings to increase phytochemical intake:

  • Apples
  • Berries
  • Cherries
  • Citrus fruits
  • Coffee
  • Corn
  • Grapes
  • Nuts
  • Oats
  • Peanuts
  • Rice
  • Rosemary
  • Soybeans
  • Tea

3. Antioxidants – these chemicals act as neutralizers to free radicals. Beta-carotene, lycopene and vitamins A, C and E found in antioxidants do battle with free radicals to keep them from causing cancer. Incorporate a few of the following antioxidants to fight cancer and reap healthy benefits:

  • Almonds
  • Apricots
  • Asparagus
  • Artichokes
  • Bananas
  • Beets
  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Cranberries
  • Dates
  • Edamame
  • Flaxseed
  • Guavas
  • Hazelnuts
  • Kidney Beans
  • Lentils
  • Mangos
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Pecans
  • Pistachios
  • Plums
  • Pomegranates
  • Prunes
  • Red Cabbage
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Strawberries
  • Sunflowers
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Tomatoes

Above and Beyond Balanced Nutrition

Adding foods like these to your diet is only one part of overall health and wellness. In addition to a well-balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables, exercise and other healthy habits are important aspects of maintaining wellbeing. If you are interested in more ideas for your own personal health, or to help share wellness ideas with those in your workplace, contact Wellworks For You today.  We specialize in promoting wellness at work and in life, and we are excited to help you and your team start living better.

Updated on: June 16, 2017 at 10:35 am