Now I know that we read about once a week a new food or spice that helpsÂ aid in preventing cancer, but I thought we would concentrate on the foods the National Cancer Institute (NCI) actually recommend.
The NCI estimates that about one-third of all cancer deaths are diet-related.Â There are many foods as well as spices that contain powerful cancer-fighting properties such as antioxidants and pyhtochemicals.Â While there isn’t one type of food that takes care of everything, a diet full of variety will help you get all that you need.Â So, let’s start the Cancer Fighting Foods & Spices exploration.
1.Â Avocados:Â These beautiful green babies areÂ rich in glutathione, a powerful antioxidant whose job is to attack free radicals in the body byÂ interfering withÂ intestinal absorption of certain types of fats.Â Avocados are also a great source of potassium as well as beta-carotene.
2.Â Broccoli, Cabbage,Â & Cauliflower:Â All of these veggies haveÂ the chemical component indole-3-carbinol that aids in preventing breast cancer by converting a cancer-promotingÂ estrogen into a more protective variety.
3.Â Carrots:Â Carrots contain a whole heck of a lot of beta carotene, whichÂ has been proven to help reduce the risk of cancers such asÂ lung, mouth, throat, stomach, intestine, bladder, prostateÂ & breast,Â so carrots are the Shabang! of cancer-fighting veggies.Â
4.Â Chili PeppersÂ & Jalapenos:Â Â Great news for all you hot food lovers, Chili Peppers Jalapenos contain the chemical capsaicin which may neutralize certain cancer-causing substancesÂ & may help toÂ prevent cancers such as stomach cancer.
5.Â Rosemary:Â The spice RosemaryÂ may help increase the activity of detoxification enzymes.Â In many studies, Rosemary has help inhibit development of breast cancer & skin tumors.
6.Â Turmeric:Â ThisÂ member of theÂ ginger family is believed to help lowerÂ the risk of inflammatory diseases & cancers due to its production of the inflammation-related enzyme cyclo-oxygenase 2 (COX-2).
For a more detailed list of Cancer Fighting Foods & Spices, please see the Cancer Cure Foundation website.