flavonoids-380x300What does anti-carcinogenic mean? An anti-carcinogen, also known as a carcinopreventive agent, is a substance that counteracts the effects of a carcinogen consequentially inhibiting the development of cancer.

Though the development of cancer is indeed linked to many factors such as environment, exercise and even family history. A person’s diet can still greatly affect the development of cancer. Eating lots of the following food can really help in preventing cancer.

sauteed-mushrooms_food-cookture_pic2Mushrooms. In ancient China, the mushroom has always been used for medicinal purposes because they possess anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Numerous recent scientific studies have confirmed the ability of these fungi to induce apoptosis or cell death in cancer cells. It was even published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.

download-6Turmeric. A favorite in Asian and Indian cuisine (hello, curry my old friend), it is surprisingly one of the most effective anti-carcinoma spices. The active ingredient of turmeric, called curcumin has shown promise not only in preventing the development of tumors but also to keep cancer at bay.


japanese-green-teaGreen tea. It is rich in polyphenols, which possess cancer-fighting abilities, making it an excellent anti-carcinogenic beverage that specifically targets cancer cells and prevents them from multiplying and spreading. Moreover, green tea contains epigallocatechin gallate or EGCG that is a potent antioxidant compound that inhibits the enzyme called dihydrofolate reductase or DHFR, which is linked to the development of cancer.

images-4Fresh garlic. It is rich with allicin, a powerful anti-carcinoma compound that targets malignant cells while ignoring the healthy cells, leaving them untouched. It was noted by researchers that injecting allicin to the bloodstream of cancer patients effectively fights cancer cells without bad side-effects. Garlic is also an anti-carcinogen since people who have garlic as part of their diet reduce their cancer risks greatly.

download-8Cruciferous vegetables. By cruciferous vegetables, we mean green, leafy vegetables like cabbage, bok choy, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and many more. They are rich in sulfur-containing antioxidant compounds called glucosinolates that deter cancer. Furthermore, they are also loaded with biologically-active compounds that work together to eliminate the existing carcinogens within the body.

jalapenos1Hot peppers. It contains an anti-carcinoma compound called capsaicin which is also the hot peppers’ active ingredient. Recent studies have shown that capsaicin has the ability to induce apoptosis eighty percent of cultured human prostate cancer cells. It also has anti-proliferative properties since it inhibits the key substance related to tumor growth.

If you want cancer to stay away from you, these are very effective repellents.

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