Once you really make the connection, it’s not like a lightbulb coming on. It’s more like a 1000 watt spotlight.
You FINALLY get it.
You can truly see the connection between how you feel and your diet. And you understand that everything you put into your mouth can have a direct and lasting effect on your health.
It becomes crystal clear how choices you make in the grocery store can raise or lower your risk for killer diseases such as cancer.
And research confirms it. For example, the huge European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition, or EPIC for short, confirmed the direct link between nutrition and cancer risk.
The EPIC study was, well, epic. It spanned ten countries and included over half a million volunteers. And the researchers confirmed what we already suspected.
When you get enough of the “right” foods, your cancer risk plummets. But eat too much junk and processed food and all bets are off.
Real world cancer fighting foods you’re going to LOVE
Now if you’re thinking the “right” foods are likely exotic and out of your reach, I don’t blame you. After all, how often does this happen?
You dive into an article or click on a video hoping the cancer fighting superfood they’re talking about is something you can try yourself only to end up disappointed?
Maybe it turns out to be a rare plant found on the top of a mountain in some far off land. Or an exotic spice you’ve never heard of before. But either way, you sure aren’t going to be able to get your hands on them.
Well, guess what? That’s NOT going to happen this time. Because I’m going to share with you six top cancer fighting foods you can pick up at your local grocery store today.
These ordinary foods are hiding an extraordinary secret. They could literally help save your life.
1. Spring mix:
You already know dark leafy greens are great for your health. And you may have heard they can help you build up your defenses against cancer.
But if you think that means you always have to eat the more “exotic” greens such as dandelion or beet greens at every meal you’re wrong. Because the truth is, you can grab an ordinary container of organic spring mix and still reap those health benefits.
Spring mixes usually contain a variety of healthy greens such as spinach, romaine, arugula, frisee, mizuna and more. And all those delicious greens are bursting with cancer fighting antioxidants, carotenoids, fiber, folate and chlorophyll.
Plus experts say the antibacterial and antiviral properties hiding in their leaves could help weaken cancer cells, breaking them down so they don’t spread.
Helps fight: mouth, larynx, pancreas, lung, skin and stomach cancers.
2. Cruciferous vegetables:
When most of us think of cruciferous vegetables broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower come to mind. And they’re all three terrific choices for your cancer-fighting menu.
But they aren’t your only options. Kale, Brussels sprouts, radishes, turnips, broccoli sprouts, kohlrabi, arugula, watercress, rutabaga and even horseradish (as I revealed the other day) are all cruciferous cancer fighters too. So go ahead and mix things up to keep it interesting.
Cruciferous veggies are high in glutathione, an antioxidant so powerful it’s earned the nickname “the master antioxidant.” And they’re also an excellent source of sulforaphane, a compound that can literally purge your body of carcinogens. In fact, a study out of the University of Michigan found the sulforaphane could help destroy cancer stem cells, stopping them in their tracks before they begin producing tumors.
Helps fight: breast, liver, lung, prostate, skin, stomach and bladder cancers.
3. Carrots and oranges:
Orange fruits and veggies deliver a powerful punch of immune building beta carotene. This potent antioxidant, found in foods such as oranges and carrots, can help you build a barrier against marauding cancer cells.
Plus beta carotene is a natural anti-inflammatory. And since inflammation and cancer are closely linked—and chronic inflammation raises your risk for certain cancers—eating more beta carotene rich foods could help reduce your risk.
Helps fight: skin, eye, colon and intestinal cancers.
Traditional medicine has been making use of mushrooms for centuries now. But modern science is finally starting to catch up, confirming their cancer-fighting powers.
Researchers in India found that mushrooms don’t just have general anti-cancer properties. They confirmed they could boost the immune system, slow the growth of cancer cells, prevent cancer cells from spreading and even help repair DNA to prevent cancer mutations. And in another study out of China, women who ate mushrooms every day were 64 percent less likely to develop breast cancer tumors.
Many of the mushrooms studied by researchers are on the more exotic side. But the good news is some of the cancer-fighters are ordinary fungi you’ll find in the produce section at your local grocery store. Two of the stars are oyster (or abalone) mushrooms and button mushrooms.
Helps fight: breast, bladder and prostate cancers.
You pick the berry. Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries or goji berries. No matter what berry you choose you’ll be snacking on a cancer-fighting food.
Berries are potent free-radical scavengers. Which means they’re a powerful first-line defense against the oxidative damage that can lead to cancer. In fact, a study out of Ohio State University College of Medicine revealed the phytochemicals found in berries could slow the growth of precancerous cells, so they never develop into tumors.
Helps fight: colon, esophageal, oral and skin cancers.
Tomatoes are brimming with lycopene, a powerful free-radical battling antioxidant. But to get the most benefits make sure to cook some of your tomatoes. Heating them up in a spaghetti sauce or soup will break down the cells walls releasing more of the cancer fighting lycopene.
Helps fight: lung, prostate, endometrial, and stomach cancers.
Staying healthy, and building a barrier against killer cancer, doesn’t require exotic ingredients. And it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Stock up on these “ordinary” cancer fighting foods at your local grocery store today.
She is an advocate of self-education and is passionate about the power of group knowledge sharing, like the kind found right here on HealthierTalk.com. Alice loves to share her views on holistic and natural healing as well as her, sometimes contentious, thoughts on the profit-driven inner workings of traditional medicine.
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