Wednesday, May 25, 2011


According to the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) and American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), plant foods offer a protective effect against various cancers, such as stomach cancer, esophagus (throat), large intestine (colon), rectum, pancreas, liver, ovarian, endometrial and prostate gland.
The experts stated that a person suffering from cancer should focus on healthy foods that are high in protein and calories to provide energy. During cancer treatment that includes procedures such as radiation, hormone therapy, chemotherapy and surgery, it is important to maintain energy and healthy immune system to fight disease.

1. Avocado
The fruit is rich in glutathione, which is a powerful antioxidant that attacks free radicals in the body by blocking the absorption of certain fat. Avocados also provide potassium (more than bananas), and is a strong source of beta-carotene.

2. Carrots
Research has found that falcarinol, fatty alcohol, found in carrots may reduce cancer risk. In addition, the beta carotene in carrots helps reduce the risk of various cancers including lung, mouth, throat, stomach, intestines, bladder, prostate and breast. According to researchers at the Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences (Dias), cancer cells are isolated grow more slowly when exposed to falcarinol.

3. Chili
These vegetables contain a chemical called capsaicin that can neutralize certain cancer-causing substances (nitrosamines) and may help prevent stomach cancer.

4. Tomatoes
Tomatoes contain lycopene, an antioxidant that is known for anti-cancer. Recent studies have shown that increased consumption of lycopene may help reduce the risk of breast cancer, prostate, pancreatic and colorectal cancers. One study at Harvard University found that men who ate tomatoes twice a week can reduce prostate cancer risk 3-fold compared to men who do not eat tomatoes.

5. Soy Products

It is a nutrient-rich foods, especially some types of phytoestrogens that may help prevent breast cancer and prostate cancer by blocking and pressing changes in cancer.

6. Turmeric
Turmeric contains curcumin, which is the main ingredient in Indian cuisine. Curcumin is a potential cancer fighter. Research has shown that it can suppress transformation, proliferation and invasion of cancer cells.

7. Wine
Grapes contain bioflavonoids, powerful antioxidants that work as a cancer preventive. Wine is also a rich source of resveratrol, a natural phenol that inhibits an enzyme that can stimulate cancer cell growth and suppress immune response.

8. Berri Fruit
These fruits are rich in ellagic acid, one of the most powerful antioxidants that help in preventing the growth of cancer cells. Studies at Ohio State University showed that the diet of animals that are equipped with black raspberries decreased 60 percent in esophageal tumors and up to 80 percent reduction in colon tumors.

9. Green tea
Green tea is rich in polyphenols that are known to prevent cancer cells. According to a report in the July 2001 edition of the Journal of Cellular Biochemistry, abundant polyphenol in green tea, red wine and olive oil can protect against various cancers.

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