The 7 Best Cancer Fighting Foods
Cancer is a disease that develops in the body as the result of DNA damage due to factors like environmental carcinogens, chronic inflammation, dietary habits, alcohol consumption, and exposure to radiation. It is one of the leading causes of death in Malaysia, and the major culprit is unhealthy eating habits.
However, cancer is not a death sentence. If you want to try to avoid the worst, you’re going to have to start eating right. Below are the 7 best natural foods that can help to fight cancer.
Several studies showed that berries contain many phytochemicals and antioxidants with potential anti-cancer effects and prevention of DNA damage.
- Cruciferous Vegetables
Cruciferous vegetables such as Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Bok Choy, cabbage, cauliflower and kale contain chemicals called glucosinolates that fight cancer in several ways. Not only these vegetables contain beneficial nutrients, Sulforaphane formed from glucosinolates is also shown to prevent the development of cancers.
In addition to adding strong Umami flavor to foods, mushrooms also have immune modulation benefits. Immunomodulation stimulates the immune system by selectively modifying your immune system to fight against foreign microbes, but not your own cells. Mushrooms also contain high antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.
Turmeric has the main active ingredient curcumin, which has a strong anti-inflammatory effect and high antioxidants.
Walnuts contain polyphenols (phytochemicals with antioxidant properties) and high omega-3 fatty acids to reduce oxidative stress, inflammation, and gene expression that can lead to cancer.
- Fatty Fish
Fatty fish, including salmon, mackerel, and anchovies, is rich in essential nutrients, such as vitamin B, potassium, and omega-3 fatty acids. Studies found that people whose diets with high fatty fish had a 53 percent lower risk for colorectal cancer than those low in fatty fish.
Several research showed potential influence of Flax seeds on breast, prostate, and other hormone-related cancers. Its high omega 3 fatty acids increase anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and carcinogen-deactivating enzymes; resulting in the decrease growth and increase self-destruction of cancer cells.
Many other plant foods have cancer-fighting properties and health-enhancing benefits too. It is important to remember that eating a balanced diet high in fresh fruits, vegetables, and good fats will benefit overall health. Always keep “RAINBOW” plate in mind!
Love Earth Organic Nutritionist
Bachelor of Science Degree in
Dietetics (major) & Food Science (minor)
Iowa State University, USA