Superfoods help reduce cancer risks

Superfoods That Fight Cancer

Reducing known risk factors for cancer should include taking a look at what we eat. Many superfoods can help reduce our cancer risks.

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Cancer is the nation's second most deadly disease, and, as a result, it is also one of the most intensely studied and is known to have been linked to several risk factors.

Some of these risk factors have to do with nutritional choices, and the results of such choices. For this reason, it is logical to take a good look at the foods we're eating, and start introducing nutrient-rich foods, i.e. superfoods, foods which are known to help reduce the risk of cancer. Just to name one such approach, a diet rich in fiber, vegetables, and fruits, including juices made from 100 percent fruit juice, can make a big difference in reducing your cancer risk.

Foods which are high in phytochemicals, substances which are found in beans and cruciferous vegetables, i.e. broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts, and kale are good choices for reducing cancer risk. So are other super foods such as dark green leafy vegetables like spinach, romaine lettuce, and collard greens, which are packed with fiber, lutein, and carotenoids - all cancer-fighting substances.

Focus on choosing foods that have abundant amounts of vitamins C, E, and A, which are valuable antioxidants themselves. These help protect you from cancer by preventing the growth of free radicals in your body.

Perhaps you were not aware of this fact, but tomatoes are an awesome cancer-fighting superfood.

Not only do tomatoes contain lycopene, the antioxidant phytochemical that also helps prevent heart disease, but they're a good source of vitamins A, C, and E, all which do battle against cancer-causing free radicals, as previously mentioned.  Adding tomatoes to your salad or using as a topping on your homemade pizza is a great way of adding some zesz to your diet and fighting cancer.

By the way, tomato based products such as salsa, sauces, and even ketchup (catsup?) are also high in lycopene. In fact, one well known TV doctor admits to eating a few packages of ketchup if he cannot get his daily ration of tomatoes or tomato based foods.

Watermelon, another superfood and a delicious treat in the heat of Summer, is also stuffed full of antioxidants, and a serving includes about 80 percent of your daily vitamin C requirement. It is also a great source of vitamin A, or beta carotene. And, like tomatoes, it also contains lycopene.
Cabbage is one of the cruciferous vegetables mentioned earlier, which help reduce the risk of colon and rectal cancer.

Additionally, cabbage is rich in valuable fiber and has almost 50 percent of daily requirement of vitamin C, making it a well-rounded superfood with cancer-fighting power. Carrots are also a wonderful source of fiber and beta carotene, and they have about three times the daily requirement of vitamin A.

Hey! Were you aware that one-quarter cup of kidney beans has the same amount of fiber and protein as two ounces of red meat?

Whole wheat pasta is also a good source of fiber, and broccoli will tip the daily scales for your daily vitamin A and C needs. Toss them all together with your favorite low-fat Italian dressing for a simple dinner of cancer-fighting proportions.

Strawberries and blueberries are rich in vitamin C and fiber. They’re quick and simple finger food, and easily be added to your favorite whole grain cereal oatmeal, or low-fat yogurt.

As you can see, eating healthy does not have to mean eating "boring" if you look at all the superfoods and what they can do for your health.

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