According to the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR,) evidence supports that approximately 40-percent of cancer cases are preventable.
Tied to this promising information, is the AICR implementation of the “10 Recommendations for Cancer Prevention,” one significant aspect of which includes a diet for fighting cancer. AICRs New American Plate Challenge has recently been launched in an effort to help individuals manage weight and eat more mindfully to prevent cancer and empower those who are cancer survivors.
What Does the Latest Evidence Reflect Regarding a Diet For Fighting Cancer?
While admittedly there are simply some aspects of our health we can’t control, such as genetic and hereditary factors, the types of food we eat is something we’re able to manage. Perhaps the most significant and helpful suggestions experts offer in incorporating a cancer-fighting diet plan is to begin by trying to find more balance. In addition to slowly introducing more fresh vegetables and fruits, one of the best things you can do to reduce your risk of cancer is to minimize the intake of carcinogenic foods.
Carcinogenic materials are toxic to the body and are often found in processed food, red meat, and alcohol. While avoiding foods and drinks harmful to the body, there is a host of other consumable categories of potential cancer-fighting foods, including:
1. Cruciferous vegetables
Full of carotenoids and nutrients, cruciferous vegetables have been shown to halt the development and spread of cancer. Examples of cruciferous veggies include:
- Brussels sprouts
- Collard greens
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, and include:
- Citrus fruits
While newer research demonstrates that the true cancer-prevention power of antioxidants is unknown, since foods containing antioxidants have overall proven health benefits, including chemicals that act as neutralizers to free radicals, doctor’s say to keep them on the anti-cancer diet plan. Examples of antioxidants include:
- Fruits: Apricots, blueberries, blackberries, cranberries, mangos, peaches, plums, pomegranates, and strawberries
- Vegetables: Asparagus, artichokes, red cabbage, sweet potatoes, and tomatoes
- Nuts and Seeds: Almonds, flaxseed, hazelnuts, and pistachios
Forget keeping the vampires away, there are some studies that may elude to garlic lowering the risk of cancer, especially cancers involving the gastrointestinal tract.
5. Vitamin D
Although overall research on Vitamin D in preventing cancer is inconclusive, because calcium and phosphorus in Vitamin D encourage strong bones and teeth, there are some links to Vitamin D reducing the risk of colorectal cancer.
A Diet For Fighting Cancer and For Overall Health and Wellness
Although there is yet to be a definitive cancer diet cure, there is plenty of research to support that a healthy, balanced diet can help to lower the risk of developing certain cancers.
In addition to a well-balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables, exercise and other healthy habits are important to not only preventing cancer and other health risks, but for also helping to maintain overall wellness.
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