Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Cancer-Fighting Super Foods

As we discussed last week, eating raw, healthy foods can really help cleanse the body of toxins and improve your overall health. However, certain foods, which we like to call "superfoods," are especially good for specific areas of our health. This week, we're discussing the nation’s second most deadly disease, cancer.

There are certain nutrient-rich foods that are known to help reduce cancer risk.  For example, a diet rich in fiber, vegetables, and fruits, including juices made from 100 percent fruit juice, can make a big difference in your cancer risk.

Studies show that broccoli may help in the pre...
Studies show that compounds found in broccoli may help in the prevention of cancer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Foods rich in phytochemicals, which are found in beans and cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts, and kale, are strong choices. So are dark green leafy vegetables like spinach, romaine lettuce, and collard greens, which are packed with fiber, lutein, and carotenoids - all cancer-fighting substances.

Focus on choosing foods that have abundant amounts of vitamins C, E, and A, all antioxidants themselves. These help protect you from cancer by preventing the growth of free radicals in your body.

Tomatoes are an awesome cancer-fighting superfood. Not only do tomatoes contain lycopene, the antioxidant phytochemical that also helps prevent heart disease, but they're a good source of vitamins A, C, and E, all which do battle against cancer-causing free radicals.  Add them to your salad or use as a topping on your homemade pizza. They’re also a great way of adding some zest to your favorite sandwich.

Watermelon is also stuffed full of antioxidants, and includes a high percentage of vitamin C. It is also a great source of vitamin A, or beta carotene. And like tomatoes, it also contains lycopene.

Cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable, which helps reduce the risk of colon and rectal cancer. Plus cabbage is rich in fiber and has almost 50 percent of daily requirement of vitamin C, making it a well-rounded superfood with cancer-fighting power. Carrots are also a wonderful source of fiber and beta carotene, and they have about three times the daily requirement of vitamin A.

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(Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Strawberries and blueberries are rich in vitamin C and fiber. They’re quick and simple finger food, and can easily be added to your favorite whole grain cereal oatmeal or yogurt for a healthy and delicious breakfast.

Did you know that one-quarter cup of kidney beans has the same amount of fiber and protein as two ounces of red meat? Whole wheat pasta is also a good source of fiber, and broccoli will tip the daily scales for your daily vitamin A and C needs. Toss them all together with your favorite Italian dressing with real olive oil, for a simple dinner with great cancer-fighting properties.

You can lower your risk of diseases like cancer - just by choosing the right foods to eat. Your health is in your hands - take control, and make easy, delicious healthy choices that improve your odds of living a long, healthy life. Next week, we'll discuss some super-foods that may help combat another of the most deadly modern diseases - Alzheimer's disease.

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