Fighting cancer with food

NORTH COUNTY – Few, if any, families can say they have never had an experience with cancer. Cancer is a potentially deadly disease with no cure. While cancer can be treated effectively, there is no way for men and women to eliminate their risk of developing cancer.

Though cancer may strike even the healthiest of persons, there are ways men, women and even children can reduce their risk. One such way is to consume certain foods that researchers feel can reduce cancer risk. Though precisely how these foods fight cancer remains a mystery, cancer researchers feel they can effectively lower an individual’s cancer risk when combined to form a healthy diet.

Beans

Beans boast numerous healthy attributes, and their potential to reduce cancer risk is one such attribute. Beans contain many phytochemicals that researchers feel protect the cells from the type of damage that can ultimately make a person susceptible to cancer. Beans also have been shown to decelerate tumor growth and prevent tumors from releasing potentially harmful substances that can damage nearby cells.

Colorful fruits and vegetables

It may seem odd that a food’s color can have an impact on cancer risk, but colorful fruits and vegetables contain more cancer-fighting nutrients than fruits and vegetables that aren’t as flashy. Consuming such fruits and vegetables also helps men and women maintain a healthy body weight, an important benefit when considering overweight and obesity increases a person’s risk for multiple cancers.

Foods with folate

Folate is a B vitamin that can reduce a person’s risk of developing several cancers, including those of the colon, rectum and breast. Those who are fond of a healthy breakfast to begin their day may already be getting healthy doses of folate, which can be found in eggs, fortified breakfast cereals, orange juice, and strawberries, among other foods. If toast is your breakfast of choice, opt for whole wheat toast, as whole wheat products are a good source of folate.

Grapes

Studies have shown that resveratrol, a key ingredient in grapes, may prevent the type of damage that triggers the production of cancerous cells. Though scientists are not yet comfortable saying grapes, or beverages like grape juice and wine, can reduce cancer risk, they believe that the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of grapes make them a healthy option.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are widely beloved, and perhaps that love affair stems from the tomato’s role in fighting cancer. Though the reasons are unknown, tomatoes have been linked to lowering men’s risk for prostate cancer. One such study, a 1995 study from researchers at the Harvard Medical School, found that men who ate 10 or more servings of tomatoes per week reduced their risk of developing aggressive prostate tumors by nearly 50 percent. Later research from the author of the 1995 study found that processed tomatoes, such as those found in tomato paste and tomato sauce, were even more effective at reducing cancer risk than fresh tomatoes. Tomatoes have also been linked to lowering a person’s risk for lung and stomach cancers.

Water

Water may not qualify as a food, but it may protect people from bladder cancer. Potential cancer-causing agents in the bladder are diluted when drinking water. In addition, the more water you drink the more frequently you’re likely to urinate, which means cancer-causing agents have less time to come into contact with the lining of your bladder.

Many foods can help individuals in the fight against cancer. Though one food alone may not be potent enough to do the job, when several cancer-fighting foods are included in a person’s diet, the effects may be significant.

2 Responses to "Fighting cancer with food"

  1. Remy   August 29, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    You may see food as good or bad or indifferent but the body sees food as amino acids or sugars ( the "-oses" if you will ) glucose, sucrose , fructose, lactose, maltose. Cancer grows and thrives on the -oses and not on the aminos. When you eat a diet high in protein and fats you get all the nutrition, minerals, and calories you need without feeding the cancers, that everyone has had grow and subside in their bodies throughout their lives, the -oses they need to grow out of control. So where you see steak, chicken, lamb, ground beef, … the body sees protein ie: amino acids. Where you see whole grain or regular spaghetti noodles, tortilla, Captain Crunch, whole wheat essene bread, fruits white bread, brown rice or white rice, Soda, Organic Milk, corn on the cob, ice cream, Quinoa, Lucky Charms, carrots, a 5 lb bag of Sugar, pinto beans, lentils, tres leche cake, potatoes, … your body sees sugars ie -oses. Even worse, foods concocted out of the seeds of plants have properties that encourage illness and food allergies. Wheat, Corn, Soy, lentils, garbanzo beans, every bean and pea grown for consumption. where designed by the plant and nature to propagate the species. they weren’t made to be used as a food source for any living animal save for some birds. They contain natural pesticides like lectins, and phytic acids and have to be processed to an extreme sate to be brought to a level of poisonous that allows it to be eaten without causing immediate sickness. So before you follow the advice cut and pasted out of Ladies Home Journal look into the hidden story behind the food we have been told to eat.

    ps I would like to see "A Walk for the Cause" rather than a free money for big pharma " Walk for the Cure". then the word may get out about the fluoride in your water, the pesticides on your grapes, the human waste fertilizer in your lettuce, the cell tower on your block, the cell phone in your pocket….and you may yet live to see cancer rates reduced.

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  2. wildheart   September 3, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Our food choices are the foundation for optimal health and well-being. An excellent place to start in cancer prevention and reversal is Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine’s Cancer Project (www.pcrm.org). They offer an excellent array of information, tools, and recipes.

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