Anticancer food

eat-brocoliNo every food is made equal and some are better at reducing our risk of getting cancer. So here is a list of some of the best food to consume to protect yourself against this dreaded disease.

But first note that generally speaking having a fit and athletic body gives you better odds not to catch cancer. In particular the body is mostly made of muscles and adipose, in other words fat cells. An excess of adipose potentially leads to cancerous cells, so it is always a good idea to go to the gym on a regular basis and maintain a normal weight. If you have problems losing kilos, some natural supplements such as garcinia can help you improve your silhouette.

Regarding some healthy food to lower your risk, let’s start with grenade juice. Research has shown that it can lower the risk to get prostate cancer and maybe breast cancer as well. If you take it in addition to green tea, brocoli and curcumin, the study saw a decrease of 63% of PSA. PSA, ie prostate specific antigen, is a protein which concentration in the blood has a direct correlation with prostate cancer.

Talking about green tea, note that it should be prepared at less than 60 degrees, otherwise its main positive ingredient, Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a polyphenol, is destroyed. Also note that drinking very hot drinks is bad anyway, as it can lead to esophagus cancer. So make sure to drink your green tea warm, but not boiling hot. With respect to curcumin it is known to be an antioxidant with potentially anticancerous properties.

If you do not like tea, do not worry as coffee as also been shown by the faculty of medecine at Harvard to significantly lower the risk of prostate cancer, if you drink 4 to 6 cups per day. Another study assessed that it may also decrease the risk of breast cancer. If you prefer cold drinks, then tomato too has benefits versus prostate and breast cancer, so do not hesitate to indulge in fresh tomato juice.

Next in the vegetable section, brocoli, cabbage and all crucifers should be high on your list as they help prevent a number of cancers, such as pancreas, esophagus, colon, rectum and prostate. This is because some of their chemical components restrain the proliferation of cancerous cells, as well as restrict their migration to other organs.

Fish is a must eat, but do not eat any fish. Small fish are preferred to large fish, as they contain more omega-3 and less mercury. On top of the list are sardines, anchovies and herrings. Eat salmon as well, but not too much as too much omega-3 could lead to an increase of prostate cancer risk. Also pay attention to the provenance of the salmon you buy and avoid products from Norway, which was caught using too much pesticides and pollutants in their salmon farms. Scottish and Alaskan salmons on the other hand are still very clean. The fish to avoid most of the time are the big ones like tuna, which store of lot of polluted elements in their tissues.

Finally, last but not least, a few glasses of red wine every day is a good idea. As red wine contains a powerful antioxidant: resveratrol.

December 16, 2013Permalink