We all need to eat and we all fear cancer. Considering that many of widely available foods are known for their cancer fighting properties, the need to eat is our chance to take “chemotherapy” three times a day. I have purposefully put the word “chemotherapy” in quotes because chemotherapy I’m talking about is not the same as cancer treatment by chemically produced poisons prescribed by practitioners of conventional medicine. What you eat can be your natural chemotherapy that has the capability to both prevent formation of tumors and fight them if they already exist, all without any side effects. Chemotherapy by healthy foods can be an easy, cheap and tasty way to remain cancer free. Let’s take a look at 8 cancer fighting foods that won’t break your bank, won’t make you sick and are widely available in your neighborhood grocery stores:
Cancer Fighting Food #1: Citrus Fruit
Oranges, lemons or grapefruits are all examples of citrus fruits. Citrus foods (any of them) have been found to have some of the strongest cancer fighting properties of all the widely available fruits. Citrus fruits contain molecules that negatively affect the process of tumor development but also reduce inflammation which is one of the reasons stimulation of tumor growth occurs.
Cancer Fighting Food #2: Cabbage Family Vegetables
Cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and kale are all examples of cruciferous vegetables belonging to the cabbage family. Compounds found in cabbage family veggies contain properties that stimulate body’s defence mechanisms against carcinogenic substances that can lead to the growth of tumors through damage to cell’s DNA.
Cancer Fighting Food #3: Tomatoes
That tomatoes are relentless cancer fighters is a well known fact. The pigment that gives tomatoes their bright red color has shown positive results in prevention and treatment of prostate cancer. Oddly enough, phytochemical benefits of tomatoes increase when the tomato is cooked. That’s not to say you’d draw no health benefits from eating raw tomatoes, however when eaten cooked, the health benefits, especially cancer fighting ones increase.
Cancer Fighting Food #4: Mushrooms
Mashrooms that have their origins in Japan are specifically known for their cancer fighting properties. Shiitake, maitake, enokitake and oyster mushrooms contain immunostimulants in such large quantities, their consumption could improve body’s natural ability to respond to out of control reproduction of cancer cells. Mushrooms can be eaten raw or sliced up and added to a stir-fry.
Cancer Fighting Food #5: Soy
Phytoestrogens – one of the compounds found in soy and its derivatives – edamame, tofu, bean curd, roasted soy beans and miso soup have the ability to prevent estrogen from interacting with breast cells. The mammary glands get easily overstimulated when estrogen levels are too high and that increases the risk of breast cancer. Phytoestrogens get in the way of this process reducing the possibility of developing breast cancer.
If you have history of breast cancer, make sure you consult with your doctor first as high doses of soy may have undesired effects.
Cancer Fighting Food #6: Seaweed
Considered one of the modern age superfoods, seaweed (marine algae) is a sole source of a pigment that boosts immunity and inhibits the growth of microtumors.
To buy seaweed, go to the grocers or pharmacies in China town area of your city. You can boil it or steam it and then add it to your vegetable salad.
Cancer Fighting Food #7: Herbs and Spices
Molecules found in thyme, ginger, chilli peppers, turmeric, cloves, mint and fennel reduce inflammation and inflammation creates environments in which cancer cells thrive.
Cancer Fighting Food #8: Garlic and Onions
That garlic is an all around beneficial food for your health is a no brainer. What is less known are garlic’s and onion’s ability to rid body of DNA mutating (cancer causing) substances and their ability to kill dormant microtumors. To release these cancer fighting properties, chop or crush your garlic and onion prior to consumption. More information about garlic can be found on the Health Benefits of Garlic page.
All of the above listed foods are known for their cancer fighting properties and are widely available in grocery stores near you. Take advantage of these cheap, natural cancer fighters and make them your natural chemotherapy every day.