Cancer has always been a reason for concern not only in the United States but throughout the whole world. Despite the developments in the medical field, eating healthy food plays the most crucial role in preventing the development of this disease and other health conditions.
There are many studies regarding healthy diets, and many of us wondered how these diets can be so efficient in tackling this disease. More precisely, fruits and vegetables are primary sources of vitamins and other nutrients that have a medicinal benefit on our health.
Scientists have recently made a top 10 list of the most efficient foods against this disease. First of all, cruciferous vegetables such as collards, kale, broccoli, and cabbage have important anti-cancer properties including selenium, sulforaphane, and diindolylmethane.
However, they should not be overcooked because they will lose most of their properties. On the other hand, turmeric and ginger are also excellent for your health, as they deal with cancer cells, slow their growth and even kill them thanks to an ingredient known as curcumin.
Another pair of healthy vegetables consists of lentils and beans because they are rich in fiber and phytochemicals. Furthermore, fiber concentration prevents the development of colon cancer.
Regarding other types of food, chocolate is surprisingly efficient in preventing this disease. However, not every kind of chocolate is healthy, but dark chocolate with 70 percent cocoa. Bitter chocolate is, in fact, the healthiest because the cocoa beans contain catechins, a type of chemicals also present in tea, which prevent not only cancer but also stroke and heart disease.
Continuing with the list, berries are known for the polyphenol antioxidants, such as ellagic acid, which are very efficient against tumors. They can be easily digested if we consume them with no-fat or healthy –fat yogurt.
It is also worth mentioning that garlic, carrots, and tomatoes are the other three vegetables that have something special against cancer development. For example, tomatoes contain lycopene, an ingredient which is efficient in front of prostate cancer, whereas garlic can be consumed every day in small quantities in everything you eat as it has various benefits.
For instance, scientists discovered that garlic consumption drops off the risk of breast, esophagus, stomach, and colon cancer. Last but not least, carrots contain unique antioxidants, known as carotenoids, very useful in preventing rectal cancer.
Furthermore, fibers and grains were found to be one of the most vital parts that should not miss from your diet. Fibers prevent colon cancer and can be found mostly in cereals. On the other hand, grains are rich in folic acid, which is excellent for women as it prevents birth defects and reduces the risk of colon cancer. Grains are found in pasta, flour, cereals, and bread.
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