20 Anti-Cancer Superfoods You Should Eat Now from 20 Anti-Cancer Superfoods You Should Eat Now

20 Anti-Cancer Superfoods You Should Eat Now

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20 Anti-Cancer Superfoods You Should Eat Now

Superfoods offer us health benefits beyond the sum of the individual nutrients they contain.

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1. Asparagus

The American Institute for Cancer Research says asparagus is an excellent source of folate, vitamin C and beta-carotene, nutrients that may offer additional cancer protection.

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2. Beets

An excellent source of folate, a B vitamin that is heart-healthy, beets also contain a cancer-fighting antioxidant call betalain. Betalains starve tumors and hinder cell division, and research has shown that adding beets to your diet can reduce your risk for kidney cancer.  

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3. Blueberries

Blueberries are rich fiber and vitamin C, which is a double whammy of cancer-fighting goodness. For years, studies have pointed to the fact that increased fiber intake decreases the risk of colorectal cancer. And the vitamin C found in the fruit works to reduce harmful free radicals in the body.

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4. Broccoli

All cruciferous veggies contain cancer-fighting properties, but broccoli in particular contains a sizable amount of sulforaphane, a potent compound that boosts the body's protective enzymes and flushes out cancer-causing chemicals.

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5. Brussels sprouts

Alternative medicine proponent Joseph Mercola, D.O., says Brussels sprouts contain sulfur-containing compounds called glucosinolates, which the body uses to make isothiocyanates, which activate cancer-fighting enzyme systems.

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6. Carrots

Seeking sources of fiber and beta carotene? Look no further than a carrot. Carrots also have a whopping 308 percent of the recommended dietary allowance for vitamin A.

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7. Cashews

Cashews are primarily made up of unsaturated fats, which are believed to have a positive effect on metabolism, other bioactive functions, and reduced risk for colon cancer.

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8. Cauliflower

Another veggie in the cruciferous family, cauliflower contains a cocktail of the nutrients researchers say are excellence cancer fighters: Carotenoids, vitamins C and E, and fiber.

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9. Fenugreek

It sounds like a nationality, but in reality this legume has been used as a spice and is an anticancer antioxidant reducing risk for colon cancer and prostate cancer.

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10. Ginger root

The active compounds in ginger root, 6-gingerol and 6-shogaol, exhibit anticancer properties against the gastrointestinal tract and can treat a number of infections.

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11. Goji berries

Goji berries are rich in carotenoids like beta-carotene and zeaxanthin, and they are packed with other antioxidants and amino acids said to reduce the risk for cancer.

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12. Honey

Studies have shown that honey is a natural immune booster and anti-inflammatory agent that can play a role in reducing the risk of developing cancer. It is also natural replacement for artificial sugar, which can cause harm to the body.

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13. Papaya

Papayas contain several cancer fighters, including phytochemical lycopene and beta-cyrptoxanthin. Carotenoids fight free radicals, helping protect cells and membranes against damage and disease.

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14. Parsley

Studies have shown that parsley leaf and its stem extracts significantly reduce the ability of cancer cells to migrate and metastasize. It contains vitamins A and C, which we have learned works to scavenge free radicals, and also plenty of potassium and calcium to reduce liver toxicity.

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15. Shiitake mushrooms

Traditional Chinese medicine uses many products derived from nutrients found in mushrooms. Most mushrooms, like the shiitake, contain vitamins and bioactive molecules the may help prevent disease and improve health.

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16. Sunflower seeds

As noted in Glamour magazine, a study of thousands of women both with and without breast cancer found that the more of these seeds — “which contain high amounts of plant estrogen-like compounds”— that were eaten, the less risk there was of developing breast cancer after menopause.

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17. Sweet potatoes

Nutrition expert Joy Bauer, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.N., notes that one study showed that vegetables like sweet potatoes reduced the risk of breast cancer among premenopausal women by about half. Its anticancer properties include beta-carotene, folate, vitamin C, and fiber.

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18. Tomatoes

This fruit (which many treat as a vegetable) contains lycopene, the antioxidant phytochemical that also helps prevent heart disease. It is also a good source of vitamins A, C, and E — all enemies of cancer-friendly free radicals.

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19. Turmeric

A spice used in Asian cooking, turmeric contains curcumin (or diferuloyl methane), which is thought to have antioxidant properties that could reduce risks for cancer.

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20. Wheatgrass

According to the East Coast-based Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, proponents of wheat grass believe the enzymes present in wheat grass help to rid the body of toxins and carcinogens. It's easy to blend into a shake with other tasty fruits for a super smoothie.