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How to Grow a Cancer-Fighting Garden

03-27-2014

According to the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), no single food or food combination can protect against cancer by itself. However, strong evidence shows a diet filled with a variety of plant foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans helps lower the risk of many cancers.

Fiber in any form decreases the risk of colorectal cancer. Dietary fiber is found in a variety of plants including:

  • Cruciferous vegetables: Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussel sprouts and bok choy.
  • Berries: Blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and raspberries.
  • Beans: Black beans, navy beans and pinto beans.
  • Garlic: Garlic can boost immunity and help cells break down cancer-causing substances.
  • Flaxseed: Flaxseed is the best plant source of omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Whole grains: Whole grain breads, pasta and steel-cut oatmeal.