Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Foods to help PREVENT Cancer

Yesterday I talked about inflammation being a major contributor to cancer. In previous months I have talked about anti-inflammatory diets, which in turn tend to be hormonally balanced diets.
Since this month's focus is cancer PREVENTION, I will list foods known for their anti-oxidant, DNA repair nutrients.
Today will be part one -foods you SHOULD eat, and part two being foods you SHOULD NOT eat.
Certain foods are very high in cancer preventative nutrients. Tops on the list are:
• Broccoli
• Cauliflower
• Brussel Sprouts
• Kale
Other foods making the anti-cancer nutrient list are:
• Turnip Greens
• Mustard Greens
• Collards
• Cabbage (especially purple)
• Carrots
• Green & Red Peppers
• Onions
• Celery
• Parsley
• Eggplant
• Tomatoes
• Artichoke
• Cilantro
The most important fruits include:
- Cranberries
- Currants
- Blueberries
- Blackberries
- Raspberries
- Strawberries
- Apples (especially Macintosh)

Although you might expect to find grapes on the list for the anti-oxidant of reservatol, sadly California grown grapes, which is where most of ours come from, are high in fluoride. Fluoride is an insecticide (cryolite) sprayed on crops and recent studies show an increase cancer growth and bone cancer risk by 600% in young men. Communities with fluoridated water were 10% higher cancer rates than communities that are fluoride free. This topic alone requires a blog post on its own.
There are compounds in vegetables and fruits that neutralize cancer causing effects.
- Curcumin, found in the spice turmeric (must be dissolved in EVOO before consuming in order for body to absorb the preventative properties)
- ECGC (epigallocatechin gallate) found in green tea
- DHA – a compound of Omega 3s
- Glucosinaolate – found in cruciferous vegetables
Compounds in these foods naturally stimulate the body’s detoxification process.
It is important to note that the properties of these foods are recommended for cancer PREVENTION. If you already have cancer, you defintitely want to avoid sugary fruits, and even some vegetables - as sugar is fuel for cancer to grow and divide.
So there you have it! A few foods to help point you in the right direction on cancer prevention. There is lots more to come!

To your health,
Rita S

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