6 Cancer-Preventing Foods
Blueberries1 of 7
One of the few fruits native to North America, blueberries are an excellent source of vitamins C and K. They also are a powerful antioxidant, which help protect healthy cells from damage caused by free radicals.
Vegetables2 of 7
The link between vegetables and fighting cancer is still being studied. Researchers do know that 4 to 5 servings a day help with your risk of heart disease and stroke. A more likely possibility is that some types of fruits and vegetables may protect against certain cancers, according to Harvard School of Public Health.
A report by the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research suggests that non-starchy vegetables such as lettuce and other leafy greens, broccoli, bok choy, cabbage, garlic, onions as well as fruits 'probably' protect against several types of cancers, including those of the mouth, throat, voice box, esophagus, and stomach. Fruit probably also protects against lung cancer, according to the report. More specifically, they go on to say that specific components of vegetables, like lycopene in tomatoes, may help protect men against prostrate cancers.
Walnuts3 of 7
Researchers have identified biochemicals in walnuts that have cancer-preventing properties, according to the National Institute of Health. A handful a day has shown reduction in mammary gland tumors as well as slowed the growth of prostate, colon and renal cancers.
Legumes4 of 7
High fiber foods can reduce risks by 42 percent. Eating a diet rich in legumes—kidney beans, peas, red lentils and black beans—can help. They are also an excellent source of folate, which helps lower chances of pancreatic cancer by helping repair damaged cells.
Fish5 of 7
Our bodies cannot make Omega-3 fatty acids on their own. Eating fish reduces inflammation and may help lower the risk of chronic disease such as heart disease, cancer and arthritis. A diet rich in fish is known to help people sustain a healthy weight, which is an important factor in preventing cancer.
White Tea6 of 7
There are two things about tea: 1. It speeds up your metabolism, which can help maintain a healthy weight. 2. It’s a powerful antioxidant. White tea is best, but green tea is a close second. The properties in tea may help your body get rid of toxins and prevent cells from turning into cancer, says the National Cancer Institute.