We all know that eating a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean meats is the best way to keep a healthy body – besides exercising, of course. Different types of food have been scientifically proven to boost overall health. We have lycopene rich tomatoes for the heart, vitamin C in oranges for general immunity and milk for calcium.
We also know that some of these food can help cure the common colds, help relieve an upset stomach and even relieve the pain in headaches. But did you also know, there are some food that can actually help you reduce your risks of cancer and if you already have it, they can still keep it in control.
Berries are rich in anti-oxidants that prevent oxidation or deterioration of stored food products. Their color is also linked to the type of antioxidant they contain, so eating various types of berries is actually quite beneficial to the body.
You must be wondering, what is it with antioxidants? In all actuality, antioxidants can interact with and neutralize free radicals that are one of the main reasons of cancer development. Antioxidants are even called “free radical scavengers”.
Beans and legumes on the other hand, contain phytochemicals and fiber that directly absorb free radicals. Beetroot and purple sweet potatoes also have the same properties.
Salmon and mackerel, or fatty fish in general, are filled omega-3 which prevent tumor formation and growth.
Soy products like tofu, soy flakes and miso (Japanese cuisine, it is) contain isoflavones that prevent the growth of tumors. They also absorb the chemicals and toxic metals that you absorb into your body.
Hot peppers, like the jalapeno, have the active alkaloid compound called capsaicin that is capable of causing death in cancer cells, especially prostate cancer cells. It also is anti-proliferative since it can inhibit a key compound in tumor formation.
Garlic and onions and other members of the allium family are naturally anti-bacterial, anti-viral, antibiotic and probiotic. They can eliminate the toxins and heavy metals from the body. But above all that, they have quercetin and sulfur compounds that reduce the risks of free radical damage.
These are the best anti-cancer food that can be easily acquired.