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Anti-Cancer Foods

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October is the annual pink month, the month to remember and show solidarity with everyone that has gone through the painful moment of receiveing the feared diagnostic of having cancer. Some beat it, others don’t; what’s important is that we all fight against it together. In addition to the genes that mark us from birth, nutrition is a determining factor for developing cancer. In this blog we will talk a little about those foods that help us have good health to prevent this sickness.

Nutritionally speaking, we can say that different foods exist that have been associated with anti-cancer power, principally those that supply antioxidants, like fruits and vegetables, but they aren’t the only ones. In the following list, we will mention the best known foods for preventing this sickness:

– Monounsaturated Fats: This type of fat acts at the biliary level reducing the risk of development and progression of cancer. It is classified as an anticancer nutrient thanks to its powerful antioxidant activity. Some examples are olive oil, flaxseed, omega 3 from colored fish (not white fish) such as salmon, sardines, trout, cod and tuna.

Garlic and onion: They contain allicin, a compound rich in sulfur that acts as a purifier for the liver, removing the toxic substances that accumulate in the blood and tissues.

Algae: Algae is a common food in countries like Japan, which has a low incidence of breast cancer. Algae is purifying, rich in minerals, vitamins and fiber.

Citrus fruits: Their richness in vitamin C is well-known. They are antioxidants and stimulants for defense cells. Also do not forget that they contain flavonoids, guardians of blood capillaries that maintain the membranes permeable and oxygenated. 

Sprouts: Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, watercress and radish should not be missing from the table. They are an antitumor cocktail, they strengthen the defenses, eliminate free radicals and protect cells.

– Yogurt: its beneficial bacterial content make it an excellent combatant against different tumors.

Purple Pigments: Foods that contain these pigments are rich in anthocyanin, a potent antioxidant protecting cells from mutations caused by cancer. Some examples are blackberries, blueberries, grapes and eggplant.

– Nuts and dried fruits: They are excellent sources of vitamin E and B known for their large supply of antioxidants and therefore are excellent cancer fighters.

Beta-carotenes: Found in yellow, red and green pigments, they are an excellent indicator of vitamin C supply and are excellent antioxidants. Some examples: tomatoes, carrots, peppers.

Soya: Contains genistein, protease inhibitors and isoflavones, which protect against breast cancer.

Green Tea: contains antioxidants, which makes it a powerful protector against free radicals and therefore against cancer.

Remember that the most important way to prevent this disease is to maintain balance in what we eat, in our and in our daily stress management in addition to regular medical checkups. Don’t wait until your body hurts to make it part of your routine.