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Cancer Preventing Foods

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To maintain optimum health you should consume fresh fruits and vegetables on a daily basis. You've got lots of choices. These foods can be eaten raw or cooked, and used in lots of marvelous ways to spice up your meals, beverages, and desserts. Here are some of the most beneficial cancer fighting foods available in your supermarket. Although there is no way to avoid getting cancer entirely, you can drastically cut your risk if your diet is well balanced.


These berries are thought to improve memory and cognitive functions. Full of helpful chemicals called antioxidants, blueberries destroy the cancer causing free radicals in the body. They also fight the gradual loss of vision associated with advancing age.


These sweet, red berries contain high amounts of vitamins B5, C and K. Strawberries are also a great source of antioxidants.


One apple every day can keep cancer away, according to a 2007 study from Cornell University. According to the research team, cancer cells can either be slowed down or killed by chemicals in the apple peel.


Bright red and always delicious, tomatoes contain lycopene, which has been clinically proven to reduce the risks of prostate, ovarian and cervical cancers. Spaghetti sauce and ketchup are excellent sources of tomatoes.


This green vegetable is a cancer buster. With high amounts of sulforaphane, a plant chemical, eating broccoli on a regular basis can reduce your chances of getting cancer of the stomach or the skin. Sulforaphane also encourages helpful enzymes to protect the human body from dangerous carcinogens like cigarette smoke and pesticides.


This leafy vegetable is loaded with two kinds of cancer fighting antioxidants, lutein and vitamin E. By eating spinach you can cut the risks of liver, prostate and colon cancers.

Soy based foods

Tofu, soy milk and soy nuts help reduce the risk of breast cancer by shielding cells from the harmful effects of estrogen.

Onions, garlic, scallions and leeks 

These are all rich in sulfur compounds, which increase enzymes to stop the growth of bacteria that convert nitrates to nitrites in the stomach. Nitrites latch on to amines and produce nitrosamines, which can result in stomach cancer.

Sweet potatoes

These have lots of beta-carotene and vitamin C. The folic acid can also prevent DNA within the nucleus of a cell from being damaged by cancer causing agents outside the membrane.

Olive oil 

American scientists have observed that oleic acid found in olive oil can fight breast cancer cells. Olive oil is a better choice than butter or margarine.

Green tea 

The American Institute of Cancer Research has found that compounds present in green tea can stop tumors from developing in the body. Large amounts of these chemicals, called flavonoids, are higher in green tea than in other kinds of tea.

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