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Monday, May 14, 2012
Cancer fighting and immune boosting foods
The right food choices can greatly increase the odds of beating cancer.
Fortunately, nature offers a multitude of foods which have great cancer fighting
and immune boosting properties. Here are some of the very best:
Cancer fighting and immune boosting superstars
Vegetables. Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts,
cabbage, cauliflower and kale are among the most powerful cancer fighting foods
to be found. Cruciferous vegetables are high in fiber, vitamins and minerals and
contain important antioxidants such as beta carotene and the compound
sulforaphane. Cruciferous vegetables contain isothiocyanates, phytochemicals
which help break down potential carcinogens. They also contain indole-3-carbidol
(I3C), which helps prevent estrogen driven cancers. Other cruciferous vegetables
are: arugula, bok choy, chard, Chinese cabbage, collard greens, daikon,
kohlrabi, mustard greens, radishes, rutabagas, turnips and
Curcumin (turmeric). Curcumin, the major ingredient of
the spice turmeric, has been a rising star against cancer in recent years.
Numerous studies have indicated curcumin's cancer fighting abilities as well as
its abilities to help prevent cancer, including one study which found that
curcumin helps prevent lung cancer for tobacco smokers.
There are a number of mushrooms known as "medicinal mushrooms" which can help
the body fight cancer and build the immune system. These mushrooms contain a
number of valuable cancer fighting and immune boosting compounds including
polysaccharides such as lentinan, beta glucan, lectin and thioproline. These
compounds attack cancerous cells, prevent them from multiplying, and boost
immune activity - including stimulating the body's natural production of
Some of the very best cancer fighting and immune boosting
mushrooms are: agaricus blazei murrill (ABM mushroom), coriolus versicolor
(Asian turkey tail mushroom), shitake, reishi, maitake, cordyceps oglossoides
and phellinus linteus.
Garlic. Garlic, as well as onions, leeks
and chives, has immune-enhancing allium compounds that increase the immune cell
activity, help break down cancer causing substances and block carcinogens from
entering cells . Studies have linked garlic to lower risk of stomach and colon
cancer. Diallyl sulfide, a compound found in garlic oil, has also been shown to
render carcinogens in the liver inactive.
Flax. Flax contains
lignans, compounds which block or suppress cancerous changes in cells. Flax is
also high in omega-3 fatty acids, which protect against colon and other cancers.
Notably, flax is part of the famous and highly successful Budwig Cancer
Hot Peppers. Hot peppers such as cayenne (chili peppers) and
jalapenos contain capsaicin, a chemical which fights cancer and helps neutralize
certain cancer-causing nitrosamines. Hot peppers are especially valuable for
helping prevent stomach cancers.
Dark Leafy Vegetables. Spinach,
turnip greens and other cancer fighting dark green leafy vegetables are rich in
folic acid. Folic acid helps maintain the cell's genetic code and regulate
normal cell division.
Dark Seeded Grapes. Dark red grapes contain
powerful bioflavonoid antioxidants that work as cancer preventives. Grapes are
also a rich source of resveratrol and ellagic acid, a compound that slows the
growth of tumors by blocking enzymes needed by cancer cells. Eat the entire
grape, seeds and all.
Brown Seaweed. Brown seaweeds such as kombu
contain the polysaccharide compound fucoidan. Fucoidan has been found to kill
cancer tumors including lymphoma, different kinds of leukemia, stomach cancer
and colon cancer. Notably, the people of Okinawa, who consume the highest per
capita amount of kombu, have some of the highest life expectancies in Japan as
well as the lowest cancer death rate.
Other powerful cancer fighting
* Green and black tea
* Fermented organic
* Purple corn
virgin olive oil
* Sweet potatoes