Foods that Prevent Cancer

Eating a healthy diet is one way of preventing cancer. Certain types of foods and foods themselves have anti-cancer properties that can keep cancer at bay. So, here are some tips for eating a cancer-preventing diet:

1.  Plant-based diets (or diets high in plant-based foods) are effective at preventing cancer. Eating a variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts and beans will help prevent cancer. Avoiding processed foods is also helpful, as these have been stripped of their nutrients. (Paul and Smith, 2012).


2.  A diet high in fibre also helps prevent cancer, helping keep your digestive system clean and healthy. Fibre is found in fruits, vegetables and whole grains, another reason diets high in plant-based foods are good. (Paul and Smith, 2012).

3.  Eating more soy products can prevent cancer. Phytonutrients (for example, isoflavones) that are found in soy products inhibit the growth of new blood vessels necessary for tumor survival. (Ask Dr Sears, n.d).

4.  Colorful fruits and vegetables are rich in phytochemicals, disease-fighting and immune-boosting nutrients. These help prevent cancer. (Paul and Smith, 2012).


5.  Drinking less alcohol can prevent cancer. It is thought that beer contains nitrosamines, a carcinogen or pre-carcinogen. Tannins, another carcinogenic compound, is found in red wine and some coffee and tea. Though it is often said that red wine has health-promoting properties because of the natural phytonutrients found in the grape skin, it would be better to simply eat grapes. 
(Ask Dr Sears, n.d).

6.  Drinking more water stimulates the immune system, removes waste and toxins, and transports nutrients to all of your organs. 
(Paul and Smith, 2012).

7.  Boosting antioxidant intake also prevents cancer. Antioxidants are powerful vitamins, protecting against cancer and optimising body function. Fruits and vegetables are good sources of antioxidants such as vitamin C, vitamin E and selenium. Dark chocolate also has antioxidants. (Paul and Smith, 2012).

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8.  Certain spices are also said to prevent cancer:


The following foods are also thought to prevent cancer:

1.  Bok Choy, a type of Chinese cabbage, contains brassinin. This is a powerful cancer-fighter, and is also found in broccoli, cauliflower and brussels sprouts. Dr Oz advised that Bok Choy be eaten 3 times a week, in 1/2 cup servings, to obtain its full benefits. (Dr Oz, 2012).


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2.  An apple a day may keep the oncologist away. Pectin, the fiber in apple skin, can prevent the growth of harmful bacteria and nourish cells of the intestinal lining. (Ask Dr Sears, n.d).



3.  Cooked tomatoes have more cancer-fighting properties than raw tomatoes, heating tomatoes changing the structure of the lycopene found in these fruits to make its benefits more readily available. Lycopene is a powerful cancer-preventer. (Dr Oz, 2012).

4.  Green tea has been shown to inhibit the growth of cancer cells, possibly because of a phytochemical it contains called 'catechins.' (Ask Dr Sears, n.d).


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5.  Flounder is a fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids and low in mercury. Three 6-ounce servings a week is ideal to prevent cancer. (Dr Oz, 2012).

6.  Garlic is thought to have some anticancer benefits. (Ask Dr Sears, n.d).

7.  The antioxidants in strawberries help prevent cancers. (Dr Oz, 2012).

8.  Artichokes contain 3 different cancer-fighting molecules. (Dr Oz, 2012).


Below are some anti-cancer fruits:


Be sure to try to make some of the suggested dietary changes, and add some of the suggested foods to your diet. This will help prevent cancer.

Try experimenting with some fun and tasty meals that include as many cancer-preventing foods as possible. What cancer-preventing meals will you create?

Take care,