Monday, 15 October 2007
Greens Are Valuable Ally In Cancer Fight
You probably know that dark green leafy vegetables are a great ally in the fight against cancer. I would add soy beans to the list as well (well, they are all vegetables). Once the Hong Kong population went over to fast food and forgot about their soya sauce and soy beans, cancer rates shot up.
According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, a balanced diet with green leaf vegetables has been shown to reduce the risk of cancer by up to 40%.. For more on cancer, read the article on Ways To Prevent Cancer
So, according to them, here is what we should be eating :-
Garlic and Green Tea:- Not necessarily together ! Anyway, they say we should be putting lots of garlic in our food (problems of bad breath?). Lots of green teas around. Avoid supplements with these ingredients- they will not do you much good.
Lentils And All Their Cousins:- Beans in the form of lentils, peas offer high protection. Apparently they do protect the cells from genetic damage which might lead to cancer. They are also said to protect you from breast cancer and cancer of the pancreas. Soya comes into this group and that is often quoted as a great help in preventing cancer of the prostate.
Berry fruits are great - Raspberries, strawberries, blueberries. They can apparently slow down
reproduction of cancer cells. Not only that , they are great antioxidants which are a valuable ally in slowing down the aging process.
Broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage regulate enzymes which can protect us against cancer.
Spinach and other dark leafy greens have lots of fibre, folate and carotenoids. All these help in the prevention of cancer.
Grapes :- Unfortunately you cannot get your daily dose of grapes by drinking wine ! It would be a great bonus ! Red and purple grapes can slow can slow cancer cells.
Add to all those above, foods such as whole grains and tomatoes, and you have a healthy diet.
For more on beating cancer by preventing it and other healthy life choices click on the link below :-