Cancer is the leading cause of death across the globe with nearly 10 million deaths in 2020, according to the World Health Organisation. While scientists are working day and night to find the best cure, research on cancer and nutrition revealed some superfoods that prevent the growth of cancer.
Researchers found some basic food items easily available in our kitchen that prevents the progression of cancerous cells. You will be surprised when you find what they are. These superfoods have the ability to provide the anti-angiogenesis effect which is very important for cancer treatment.
Of course, you look at these food items in your fridge everyday and may hate a few of them. But, please know they are loaded with phytonutrients and other special compounds that can lower your risk of cancer. By the end of the post, you will realise that they don’t deserve your hatred at all!
Here are 10 cancer preventing superstars:
1. Red Wine
Red wine contains the potent antioxidant Resveratrol, which stops aggregation of mutated protein – p53, present in more than half of all breast cancer cases.
This was observed both in human breast and in rodents’ tumors.
This bioactive compound is also known for lowering brain inflammation in people with dementia and slowing down the aging of the brain. Resveratrol also protects us against viral and bacterial attacks and helps in DNA repair. 225ml of wine contains 640mcg of Resveratrol. Some wines have Resveratrol in more concentration. You can also intake supplements of Resveratrol to improve your overall health.
Packed with a good amount of sulforaphane, Broccoli causes tumor cell death. In one study on mice, sulforaphane was found to target cancer stem cells and reduce tumor size.
Broccoli has the potential to fight against liver, bladder, breast, stomach, colorectal, and lung cancers. However, most studies are limited to test-tube, animal, and observational studies. There is a need for further research on Broccoli and its potential to fight cancer in humans. Meanwhile, nutritionists and dietitians recommend intake of Broccoli by adding it to salads, pasta, omelets, and pizza.
This is something most people hate because of its pungent smell. Well, you won’t hate it anymore, if you know how it protects you from cancer. Garlic is loaded with phytochemicals that inhibit the formation of nitrosamines, carcinogens formed in the intestines and stomach due to consumption of nitrates, a common food preservative. Adding garlic to diet lowers the risk of colon cancers in women by 50%
Garlic also helps fight breast, stomach and esophageal cancers.
Of course, it is really uncomfortable to eat garlic as it is. The trick is to crush the garlic or make a paste and add it to tomato sauce while it simmers or a curry. That way it is easy to consume.
Those gorgeous black and navy beans are one of the amazing superfoods with the potential to reduce the growth of colon cancer cells. According to one study, black beans and soy flour diets inhibit azoxymethane-induced colon cancer. Beans have the power to inhibit colon carcinogenesis, by modulating cellular kinetics and reducing inflammation, potentially by preserving mucosal barrier function.
Dried beans are far more effective in preventing breast cancer in rats. According to American Institute for Cancer Research, eating half a cup of beans that contain 10 grams of fiber can easily lower breast cancer risk by 7%. As per the BBC reports, beans contain inositol pentakisphosphate that helps them block the growth of prostate cancer cells.
All you need to do is eat a half-cup—of legumes a few times a week – either from a can or dry beans that’ve been soaked and cooked along with greens or other veggies.