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Top Ten Cancer-Fighting Foods

1. Curcumin: Naturally anti-inflammatory, experts have seen excellent results in regards to bladder and gastrointestinal cancer. Unsure how it works, scientists state that the spice interferes with the cell-signaling pathways, making it almost impossible for cancer to grow and spread. It is the most prevalent ingredient in curry powder and is what provides the bright yellow color.

2. Beans: The fiber content of beans encourages better absorption of vitamins and minerals, smoother digestion, and regular flushing of toxins from your body. Dried varieties are best and can be added to a variety of recipes.

top ten cancer vegamedica3. Tomatoes: Lycopene is the antioxidant that makes tomatoes a strong ally in the fight against cancer and the concentration is higher in canned tomato products than fresh. That makes it available year-round. In trials to date, they show the highest effectiveness on prostate cancer.

4. Folate: Otherwise known as one of the B-complex vitamins, folate makes it harder for cancer cells to take hold. Whole grains, asparagus, peanuts, dried beans or peas, spinach, and orange juice are the best sources for this crucial vitamin. Many pasta and bread manufacturers fortify their products with folate. Studies on folate and colorectal cancer have been fantastic.

5. Garlic: This potent ingredient has been tested with gastrointestinal cancers and researchers are unsure if it prevents cancer cells from forming or prevents them from growing. Either way, a clove a day might be far more helpful than an apple.

6. Green and Black Tea: Warm in the winter, iced in the summer, tea has shown incredible cancer-fighting ability. The antioxidant kaempferol is especially promising in regards to breast cancer. No canned or bottled varieties…you need to brew it yourself!

7. Vitamin D: This vitamin helps your body absorb calcium, inhibits the growth of cancer cells, and may improve survival rates. Food sources are eggs, shrimp, and salmon but sunshine exposure is your best source of vitamin D. Allow the sun to shine in the morning or late afternoon on half your body for 10 minutes a day to get all you need. It’s a soothing (and non-food) method of aiding your treatment.

8. Berries: As far as antioxidants go, berries are one of the best at fighting the oxidation that leads to DNA mutation and cancer. Delicious and nutritionally potent, you can’t go wrong adding a handful of blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries to your daily menu.

9. Leafy Greens and Cruciferous Veggies: Kale, turnips, greens, and broccoli being chewed releases an antioxidant called sulforaphane that has been effective in fighting and preventing colon and prostate cancers. The closer to raw that you can eat them, the better the result.

10. Ginger: This ancient root induces a process called apoptosis - cancer cells commit suicide and leave the rest of the healthy cells around them unharmed. In essence, the cancer cells eat themselves instead of healthy tissue.


Though human trials are planned, the effectiveness against ovarian cancer cells in lab animals has researchers excited to get started. Add to soups and sauces. Also soothing in teas and broths during intensive cancer treatment. Limiting refined sugars, saturated fats, and red meats from your diet are also excellent ways to boost your immunity, lower the toxicity in your system, and give your body the potent fuel it needs to keep fighting the good fight.

While no food on its own can "prevent" or "cure" cancer, having a nutrition plan that actively includes healthy choices such as the ones listed above are an inexpensive and delicious method of preventing (and fighting) cancer that will benefit your entire body.


(Opracowane na podstawie dostępnej literatury medycznej, lek. med. Jacek Giovanoli-Jakubczak)
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