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Five Surprising Cancer-Fighting Foods

10-28-2015

Fight Cancer with These Five Foods

Nearly 1 in 3 cancers in the United States is linked to excess body weight, poor nutrition and physical inactivity. In fact, being overweight or obese is clearly linked with an increased risk of many cancers, including cancer of the breast (in women past menopause), colon, endometrium (uterus), esophagus and kidney.

While we could all stand to incorporate more fruits, vegetables and exercise into our lives, check out these 5 foods you might not expect to fight all kinds of cancer.

  1. Beets: This subterranean veggie goes sky-high with its cancer-fighting superpowers. Beets can help to slow down the growth of active tumors in the body. Don’t feel rooted to beet salad—a glass of beetroot juice will provide the same benefits as the beet itself.
  1. Beans: Beans are outstanding sources of antioxidants, giving them the power to fight a number of cancer conditions. Beans also contain fiber: a high-fiber diet may help reduce your risk of cancer, according to the American Cancer Society.
  1. Salmon: The Omega-3 content of salmon makes this a healthy protein to incorporate in meals throughout the week. Let salmon play a role in a cancer-fighting spread alongside beans and beets for a meal full of cancer-fighting, healthy goodness. Opt for wild-caught Alaskan salmon, versus farm-raised, where you’re able—the wild-caught fish retains more valuable, natural nutrients.
  1. Pomegranate Juice: Up your intake of this trendy juice to reduce your risk of cancer. Pomegranate has been shown to have a direct effect on those with breast cancer in their family histories, and it’s been shown to slow the growth and rapid spread of all types of cancer cells.
  1. Green Tea: Dust off the kettle and settle in for a cup. Tea contains antioxidants called catechins, which may help prevent cancer in a variety of ways, including protecting the body from damage caused by harmful molecules called free radicals, which are atoms that have unpaired electrons and are therefore unstable and highly reactive. Lab studies have found that catechins in tea can shrink tumors and reduce tumor cell growth. Some studies in humans have also linked drinking tea (of both the green and black varieties) to a lower risk of cancer.

Prepared by: Beverly R. Wood MS, RDN, LDN, CaroMont Cancer Center

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