Ten cancer fighting foods that will improve your diet and your health


Cancer has had a major impact in the U.S. and across the world.  In 2016, it is estimated that 1,685,210 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. and 595,690 people will die from the disease. (1)

In 2016, it is estimated that 1,685,210 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed

A convergence of evidence has found that a plant-based diet can not only prevent but can even reverse the most deadliest diagnoses in the Western world.  These studies have found that a plant-based diet can be more effective than medication and surgery and could save billions of dollars in health care costs. (2)

Ten cancer fighting foods that will help prevent and eradicate cancer

Whether your seeking a change of lifestyle to fight a disease or prevent a disease consider adding the top 10 cancer fighting foods into your diet. (3)

  1. Garlic:  Large studies found that those who eat more garlic are less likely to develop esophageal, stomach, and colon cancers.  Nutrients found in garlic keep cancer from forming or multiplying.(3)
  2. Berries:  Berries contain antioxidants that help fight free radicals that can cause cellular damage.  Compounds found in berries can also keep cancer from growing and spreading. (3)
  3. Tomatoes:  Research has shown that eating tomatoes can help protect men from prostate cancer.  Nutrients found in tomatoes can help protect cellular DNA from damage. (3)
  4. Cruciferous vegetables:  Nutrients found in broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower can help protect your body from free radical damage and protect DNA.  Research shows that these vegetables can help slow the growth of tumors and encourage the dead of cancer cells. (3)
  5. Green Tea:  Green tea contains catechin that help protect against free radical damage.  Studies show that catechin in tea can shrink tumors and reduce tumor cell growth. (3)
  6. Whole Grains:  Whole grains contain fiber and antioxidants that can help lower your risk of cancer.  One large study found that eating whole grains lowers the res of colorectal cancer. (3)
  7. Turmeric:  Turmeric contains curcumin, which has shown to inhibit cancer cells, and slow the spread of cancer or shrink tumors. (3)
  8. Leafy green vegetables:  Eating more lettuce and spinach can provide the body beta-carotene and lutein that is necessary for limiting the growth of cancer cells. (3)
  9. Grapes:  The skin of red grapes contains a powerful antioxidant, resveratrol.  Resveratrol can be useful in keeping cancer from developing or spreading.  Studies link moderate amounts of red wine consumption in men to lower risk of prostate cancer. (3)
  10. Beans:  Pinto and red kidney beans contain antioxidants and fiber than can help reduce your risk of cancer. (3)

Remember, prevention is important and a diet that is high in cancer fighting foods is one of the easiest ways to maintain or improve your health.  If you have current health risks, work with a qualified health professional in order to safely make lifestyle changes that can encourage healthy weight loss and improve nutrition.

Sources included:

(1) http://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/what-is-cancer/statistics

(2) http://nutritionfacts.org/topics/plant-based-diets/

(3) http://www.everydayhealth.com/cancer-photos/top-foods-to-fight-cancer.aspx#01

Lynn Griffith
Lynn is a licensed therapist who enjoys cooking, creativity and enjoys helping other's learn how to care for their minds and bodies through healthy eating.  Lynn has wrote for The Raw Food World News and is currently in the process of building her own website focused on managing mental health through nutrition and wellness.