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Super Foods that May Help Prevent Cancer

Did you know that what and how much you eat can affect your risk of developing certain cancers?

According to the American Cancer Society, about 20 percent of all cancer diagnoses in the United States are linked to diet and excess weight, along with inactivity.

 

CRUCIFEROUS VEGGIES Cruciferous vegetables include broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, and kale. Components in these vegetables may help your body defend against cancers such as colon, breast, lung, and cervix.

 

DARK GREEN LEAFY VEGETABLES Dark green leafy vegetables such as mustard greens, lettuce, kale, chicory, spinach, and chard are full of fiber, folate, and carotenoids. These nutrients help protect against cancer of the mouth, larynx, pancreas, lung, skin, and stomach.

 

SPICES Spices like cinnamon and curcumin (the main ingredient in the Indian spice turmeric) are potential cancer fighters. They can suppress the transformation, growth, and invasion of cancerous cells for a wide array of cancers.

 

VITAMIN D-RICH FOODS Low levels of Vitamin D have been linked to several cancers, including colon and breast. Vitamin D may help block the development of blood vessels that feed growing tumors and help stop cancerous and precancerous cells. Foods high in Vitamin D include mushrooms, and wild-caught fish such as tuna, sardines and salmon.

 

RED/OR ANGE / YELLOW COLORED FRUITS AND VEGGIES Beta-carotene is the powerful antioxidant that gives these veggies their bright colors. Studies have shown that people who eat a diet high in beta-carotene have a reduced risk of cancer; especially lung, colon, and stomach cancers. Eating vegetables that include beta-carotene, folate, vitamin C, and fiber—like sweet potatoes—can reduce the risk of breast cancer by about half.

 

Cancer Preventing Meals

These simple, delicious meals are packed with cancer fighting ingredients that will keep you healthy and prevent numerous cancers.

 

POACHED SALMON WITH BROCCOLI AND CINNAMON/TURMERIC SPICED SWEET POTATO

 

ROAST TURKEY BREAST WITH MUSHROOMS, ASPARAGUS, MIXED GREENS AND POTATO