8 Cancer-fighting Foods: Eating Right to Beat Cancer

Blueberries

Blueberries are a low-sugar fruit, rich in vitamins A and C, along with the goodness of antioxidants. Blueberries contain an antioxidant called anthocyanin, which gives it its beautiful blue colour. Such antioxidants have anti-cancer effects like radical scavenging activity and also help decrease certain markers associated with cancer progression.

It also displays chemotherapeutic properties by decreasing the inflammation of cells. Berries supply nutrients essential to the fight against free radicals that are damaging to our body. Berry extracts have often been found to inhibit several biomarkers of the fatal disease, slowing the growth of such defective cells.

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Tomatoes

Lycopene is a pigment found in tomatoes that gives tomatoes their vibrant red colour. It is also responsible for its anti-cancer properties and helps in reducing the risk of prostate cancer. Try to increase your intake of tomatoes in your daily diet by adding them to sandwiches, salads, juices, or pasta dishes. Studies suggest that even other tomato products such as purees or sauces may inhibit the grown of malignant cells to a great extent.

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Carrots

The carrot is a crunchy root vegetable that’s enriched with vital vitamins like vitamin A, K, vitamin B6, and minerals like calcium and iron. Carrots get their orange colour due to high amounts of beta-carotene, an antioxidant that turns into vitamin A once inside our system. Recent studies have shown that beta-carotene plays a vital role in supporting the immune system and may help reduce the risk of breast, stomach, and prostate cancer. One serving of carrots (half cup) contains 25 calories along with a fibre content of 2.8 grams per 100 grams.

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Turmeric

Turmeric is a well-known Indian spice famous for its healing properties with curcumin as its active ingredient. Curcumin is the main ingredient of turmeric which is a cancer fighter that helps suppress the transformation and invasion of defective cells. Lesions in the colon often become cancerous and it’s been observed that consumption of curcumin on a daily basis minimizes the formation of lesions by 40%.

A few test-tube studies have shown that curcumin helps destroy neck cancer cells and has also has proven effective in slowing the growth of lung and breast cancer cells in certain test-tube studies. Curcumin was also found to lower the spread of colon cancer cells by targeting a specific enzyme related to the development of cancer cells. Use this superfood in your meals and pair it with black pepper to boost its absorption.

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Avocado

Avocados are healthy fats that prevent the negative effects of ageing and contain numerous vital nutrients like vitamins K, C, E, and potassium that aids in shedding dead skin cells. The high content of vitamin A in avocados helps the body in getting rid of toxins and lessens damage from the sun’s rays thereby protecting the body against skin cancers. There are 10 grams of fibre in a single cup of avocado.

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Apples

Apples are a rich source of vitamins C, A, fibre, and polyphenols. Polyphenol compounds work with gut microbes and boost cancer-fighting defences. It helps protect arteries and lowers cholesterol. Apples are also a rich source of polyphenols, which are responsible for a lot of health benefits. Flavonoid epicatechin is one such polyphenol that lowers blood pressure. Studies have shown that the consumption of apples minimizes the risk of estrogen receptor, which is the negative form of breast cancer.

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Cinnamon

Cinnamon is popular for its numerous health benefits, including its ability to reduce blood sugar, cut your risk of heart disease, and decrease inflammation. It contains cinnamaldehyde, which is the main substance contributing to cinnamon’s health benefits. Additionally, some test-tube studies have found that cinnamon may help block the spread of cancerous tissues and induce cell death in tumour cells, decreasing the growth of malignant tumours.

Also, the use of cinnamon essential oil suppresses the growth of cancerous cells and reduces tumour size. Cinnamon also lowers blood sugar levels by increasing insulin sensitivity. Include 1/2–1 teaspoon of cinnamon in your food every day to reap its many benefits and also fight other infections and repair tissue damage.

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Green Tea

Green tea is a powerful antioxidant and forms a crucial part of an anti-cancer diet. This cancer-fighting food contains antioxidants called catechins that shrink tumours and reduce tumour cell growth. Green tea is also loaded with antioxidants called flavonoids that resist DNA damage caused by deadly chemicals.

According to research, a certain nontoxic chemical found in green tea acts against urokinase, which is an enzyme vital for the growth of cancerous cells. In laboratory studies, the leaves of the tea plant (Camellia sinensis) have slowed or prevented the development of cancerous cells in the colon, liver, pancreas, lung, breast, and prostate cells.

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