Foods That Fight Cancer
According to American Institute of Cancer Research, these foods show some potential as cancer fighters:
- Apricots, broccoli, carrots, dark leafy greens like spinach and kale, mangoes, red and yellow bell peppers, red grapefruit, sweet potatoes and tomatoes. They contain carotenoids such as beta carotene, lutein, lycopene and a-carotene. Carotenoids are antioxidants with strong cancer-fighting properties. Antioxidants protect cells from free radicals, substances that work to destroy cell membranes and DNA.
- Borccoli, cabbage, citrus fruits, kiwi fruit, mangoes, papayas, red bell peppers, potatoes, strawberries and tomatoes are rich in vitamin C. There is evidence that vitamin C lowers the risk of stomach cancer, as well as cancers of the mouth, lung, pancreas and cervix.
- Avocados, mangoes and sweet potatoes contain vitamin E, which is said to lower the risk of lung and cervical cancer.
- Fortified flour and cereal products, artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, green cabbage, leafy greens, oranges and papaya are rich in folate, which has been found to reduce the risk of lung, stomach, breast and cervix cancer.
- Onions, garlic, scallions and chives contain allium compounds. Studies show that allium compounds could lower the risk of stomach cancer.