Cancer is the leading cause of death worldwide and it’s alarming that it is on the rise. Many people fear getting cancer. It’s logical that we take a good look at the foods we’re eating, and start introducing nutrient-rich detox superfoods that are known to help reduce the cancer risk. 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.
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 detox 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 pro vitamin A, C, and E, all which do battle against cancer-causing free radicals. Add them to your salad or use as a salsa for raw vegetable sticks.
Watermelon is also stuffed full of antioxidants, and includes about 80 percent of your daily vitamin C requirement. It is also a great source of pro Vitamin A, or beta carotene. And like tomatoes, it also contains lycopene. The juice makes a great detox drink.
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 pro vitamin A.
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 grain rice 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 tomato based dressing for a simple dinner of cancer-fighting proportions.
Strawberries and blueberries are rich in vitamin C and fiber. They’re quick and simple finger food, and easily be added to your favorite whole grain cereal oatmeal, or low-fat yogurt.
Red grapes contain bioflavonoids, powerful antioxidants that work as cancer preventives. Grapes are also a rich source of resveratrol, which inhibits the enzymes that can stimulate cancer-cell growth and suppress immune response. They also contain ellagic acid, a compound that may help to slow down tumor growth. By blocking some of the cancer cells essential enzymes.
Flax seeds (linseeds) contain lignans, which may have an antioxidant effect and block or suppress cancerous changes. Flax is also high in omega-3 fatty acids, which are thought to protect against colon cancer and heart disease.