When you type in “Cancer-Fighting foods” into Google, you will receive approximately 15,900,000 results. And no one agrees… some websites say one thing; others say another. After hours of research, this can become arduous and confusing, to say the least.
One conclusion that I have come to is that no matter if you’ve decided to try chemotherapy and surgery or natural health methods, it’s essential to eat the right foods and have a healthy diet.
I have put together a list of the six best cancer-fighting snack foods (easy to eat on the go). And the truth is, you don’t have to have cancer to benefit from these. After all, preventive health care is the best health care!
Walnuts contain high levels of vitamin E, plant-based omega-3 fatty acids, copper, biotin, and manganese.
Studies done on mice show that, when added to their diet, walnuts inhibited the growth of human breast cancer, reduced the number of mammary gland tumors, and slowed the growth of prostate, colon, and renal cancers.
The ORAC scores of nearly all berries are very high, making them some of the top high-antioxidant foods in the world. Blueberries, raspberries, cherries, strawberries, goji berries, and blackberries supply vitamin C, vitamin A and gallic acid, a powerful antifungal/antiviral agent that increases immunity.
Berries are especially rich in proanthocyanidin antioxidants, which have been observed to have anti-aging properties in several animal studies and are capable of lowering free radical damage. High amounts of phenols, zeaxanthin, lycopene, cryptoxanthin, lutein and polysaccharides are other berry benefits.
Broccoli contains healthy sources of vitamins A, B1, B6, C, and K, fiber, manganese, potassium, protein, calcium, and omega-3 fatty acids.
Also, broccoli contains high concentrations of sulforaphane (SFN) which has also been shown to reverse, suppress, or prevent cancer progression for several cancers including breast, colon and prostate cancer.
Avocados are often referred to as a superfood. They contain vitamins B5, B6, C, E, and K, as well as, folate, fiber, healthy fats, and more potassium than a banana.
In addition, avocados have (in smaller amounts) vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, magnesium, manganese, copper, zinc, iron, and protein. It’s been shown that avocados contain many cancer preventing nutrients and vitamins. Plus the high levels of vitamin C help support your immune system.
5. Maitake Mushrooms
Maitake mushrooms have anti-inflammatory properties. In Chinese culture, they’re used to treat diabetes and hypertension. Science shows that these mushrooms feed the body a natural chemical called beta-glucan, which stimulates cells in the immune system and in effect, can slow the growth of cancerous tumors.
6. Green Tea
Metastasis is the most deadly aspect of cancer and is the principal cause of death among cancer patients, so it’s one of the most important issues in cancer research today. Several clinical and epidemiological studies have reported that the consumption of green tea can help decrease cancer risk.
Green tea contains major polyphenolic compounds, including epigallocatechin-3-gallate, which has been shown to inhibit tumor invasion and angiogenesis, which are essential for tumor growth and metastasis.
While all traditional teas seem to be beneficial, the most significant effects on human health have been attributed to green tea, such as organic matcha green tea. It contains the highest percentage of polyphenolic compounds, catechin, gallocatechin and EGCG.
The antioxidant EGCG appears to be the most potent of all the catechins, and its anticancer effects have an activity about 25–100 times more effective than that of vitamins C and E!
EGCG has been reported to be linked to the modulation of multiple signaling pathways, finally resulting in the downregulation of expression of proteins involved in the invasiveness of cancer cells.