About one third of cancer deaths can be attributed to poor diet and physical inactivity. So what should we eat? The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) suggests a diet rich in a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans. In fact, according to the AICR, 2/3 of the plate should contain these food items.
We’ll explore some of the attributes that make specific foods cancer-fighting-contenders. (You can find a more comprehensive list of food’s cancer-fighting properties here.)
Cancer Fighting Components:
According to the American Cancer Society, antioxidants are instrumental in protecting “against damage to tissues that happens constantly as a result of normal metabolism”. This damage has been linked to an increased risk for cancer, which means the protection antioxidants provide could protect the body against cancer.
In addition to aiding in the digestive process, fiber has been linked to cancer prevention as well. The Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine explains that fiber helps move waste through the digestive tract. Waste generally contains carcinogens, which have been linked to cancer so fiber’s job in moving waste through the digestive tract at a faster rate can lower the risk of cancer.
Research suggests that Omega-3s could help fight cancer in a number of ways. The AICR references a study that shows Omega-3s could help slow tumor growth and increase the potency of an already established cancer therapy. Populations with a high consumption rate of Omega-3s have been associated with lower breast, prostate, and colon cancers.
It’s safe to say that there’s a wide variety of cancer-fighting foods available. Here are a few you can add to your diet today:
- Legumes (beans, peas, lentils)
- Whole Grains
For a more comprehensive list, click here.
In addition to diet and exercise, regular check-ups and cancer screenings are advised. Contact MAP® today to help you find a doctor and/or nutritionist.