Tuesday, February 7, 2012

12 fruits and vegetables that help beat cancer

This world cancer day we give you a lowdown on the top 12 anti-cancer fruits and vegetables to include in your diet
Cauliflower: Cauliflower is a saviour when it comes to cancer. The indole-3-carbinol combats breast cancer by converting the cancer-promoting estrogens into a more protective variety.
Tomato: Tomatoes boast of a high content of lycopene, which attacks free radicals that trigger cancer and vitamin C which prevents cellular damage. Scientists proclaim that lycopene not only kills mouth cancer cells but helps ward off breast, prostate, pancreas and colorectal cancer.
Avacado: Though avocados anti-cancer studies are at its preliminary stages, these properties are related to the mix of inflammatory and antioxidant nutrients it contains. Avocado helps increase oxidative stress in cancer cells with shifts them to a programmed cell death cycle, thus lessening the numbers of cancerous cells.
Raspberry: They maybe small red berries but they can pack in a punch that can scare cancer away. Being an excellent source of antioxidants and phytochemicals, raspberries can help tackle lung and colon cancer and leukaemia. That’s not all, the ellagic acid present blocks metabolic pathways that lead to cancer and cancerous cell growth stemmed from carcinogens.
Papaya: Papaya contains folic acid, which minimises cervical dysplasia and cancer. Along with that the vitamin C present reduces the absorption of nitrosamines from processed food, which in turn causes cancer.
Grapes: The flavonoids, antioxidants and resveratrol present in red grapes act as cancer preventives. They inhibit the enzymes that stimulate cancer cell growth, which in turn also helps slow down the growth of tumours.
Orange: These colourful, citrus fruits contain limonene. This substance not only stimulates cancer-killing immune cells like lymphocytes but also breaks down carcinogenic substances as well.
Figs: The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research, Tokyo has reported that the benzaldehyde present in figs helps shrinking to tumours. In addition to this fig juice also helps kill potent bacteria.
Mushrooms: Shitake, maitake, reishi, Coriolus Versicolor and Agaricus blazei Murill – in short mushrooms contain polysaccharides which not only help boost the immune the system but fight cancer as well by attacking the cancerous cells and preventing them from multiplying.
Carrot: A substance known as falcarinol that is present in carrots reduces the risk of lung, mouth, throat, stomach, intestine, bladder, prostate and breast cancer. However, to get the best anti-cancer benefits from cancer have it raw or in a fresh juice form.
Broccoli: Did you know that regular consumption of broccoli helps lowering the risk of cervical, breast, colon, lung, prostate, bladder, larynx and oesophagus cancer. The indoles present destroy harmful estrogens that aid tumour growth while vitamin C and beta-carotene reduce the damage caused by free-radicals.
Lettuce: These green leafy vegetables are filled with abundant health benefits and contain a host of cancer fighting minerals, which help combat lung and mouth cancer. So, next time indulge a little more in those salads.
Source: www.timeswellness.com

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