“Let food by thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” ~ Hippocrates
Our diet and activity level are the biggest indicators of our health, including our risk for cancer.
Food makes us healthy…or sick…and it can heal and reverse diseases.
A diet high in sugar and processed foods creates inflammation and the perfect environment for cancer.
Refined oils and refined carbohydrates are also linked to cancer growth.
Luckily, many foods have been proven to prevent and fight cancer.
Cancer is found in developed countries while Indigenous people don’t develop the disease.
A natural diet, less gluten, less dairy, and moderate exercise makes for much better health and less disease.
So it’s worth comparing a natural diet to the Standard American Diet, also known as SAD.
The SAD diet is low in foods that fight cancer.
We know that eating a healthy plant-based diet of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and beans prevents and helps treat cancer.
Leafy greens and cruciferous veggies prevent and fight cancer because they’re rich in glutathione, a master antioxidant high free-radical-scavenging abilities.
That’s why doctors advise eating greens. They’re also easy to include in your diet in salads and smoothies.
A healthy diet also keeps you at a healthy weight.
Excess body fat increases the risk of at least 11 different cancers.
Your doctor might not know about all of these cancer-fighting foods…
…or tell you about them, but they will make a huge difference in the treatment of cancer.
Jackfruit is the largest fruit in the world, yet it’s not well known.
This orange, sweet fruit grows on trees and is loaded with potassium and vitamins C and B6.
All of the brightly colored fruits listed have phytochemicals and antioxidants as well.
This tropical fruit has a pineapple-strawberry flavor. It’s rich in vitamin C and fiber.
Studies have shown it inhibits cancer cells. Eat this one as a whole fruit, as the supplement can cause problems.
Try making a tropical fruit salad with jackfruit, guanabana, and other brightly colored fruit for a cancer-fighting superfood.
That’s a dessert that’s good for you, and you’ll feel so much better than if you were to eat cake or other sugar-loaded foods.
Daikon is an Asian radish with a mild flavor yet a little spice.
They contain vitamin C and fiber.
This is a fun way to add flavor to your salad or dinner that’s low calorie.
4. Sweet Tamarind
You can eat this out of the pod or as a pulp. It’s rich in fiber, potassium and magnesium.
Tamarind pulp is sweet and is served as a spread or candy, making it a cancer fighting treat.
5. Reishi Mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum)
There’s hundreds of different mushrooms, and they all are immune-enhancers.
Reishi, cordyceps and maitake are known to improve immune function, fight tumor growth and help cell regeneration.
Reishi enhances immune response and protects cellular DNA by raising antioxidant capacity.
This one specifically helps with cancer treatment by alleviating chemotherapy side effects like nausea and kidney damage.
Reishi helps to better activate the natural killer (NK) cells, reducing cancer metastasis.
These mushrooms assist in slowing the growth of tumors, with promising research showing they help with colorectal cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer, and breast cancer.
6. Maitake Mushroom Benefits
Maitake contains a broad-spectrum array of bioactive molecules, and they stimulate NK cell activity in cancer patients.
The antioxidant properties protects cells and decreases the inflammatory factor COX2 enzyme that’s common in cancer.
Maitake enhance our innate immune response to fight infections. They even help adaptive immune response, which creates long-term immune enhancement.
This mushroom has anti-metastatic properties that inhibit the proliferation and spread of cancer.
Research is promising in the areas of breast cancer and lung cancer.
7. Shitake (Lentinula edodes)
Shitake contains a glucan called Active Hexose Correlated Compound, or AHCC.
It’s used in alternative and complementary treatment of cancer in Japan due to its immune-enhancing functions.
Shitake also have Lentinan, which is actually used as an intravenous anti-cancer drug for its anti-tumor properties.
Clinical studies show that using lentinan gives patients a higher survival rate, higher quality of life, and lower recurrence of cancer.
8. Almond Mushroom (Agaricus Blazei Murill)
In a study, 90% of guinea pigs injected with cancer cells made a complete recovery when taking this mushroom supplement.
The study was jointly conducted by the Medical Department of Tokyo University, The National Cancer Center Laboratory, and Tokyo College of Pharmacy.
That might be why this mushroom is also called Mushroom of the Sun, Mushroom of God, and Mushroom of life.
9. Turkey Tail Mushroom
They’re not just fun decorations on a log. Turkey tail mushrooms are a biological response modifier.
Studies show that turkey tail mushrooms:
- Improve survival rates
- Act an immune modulator with immune stimulating and anti-tumor properties
- Enhance the effects of chemotherapy
- Reduces the side effects of radiation therapy
The anti-viral properties of the turkey tail mushroom offer a unique opportunity to target oncoviruses (tumor virus) such as human papillomavirus leading to cervical cancer, and hepatitis C leading to liver cancers.
If you’re wondering why there isn’t more research into mushrooms and more mushroom-based medicine available, it’s because drug companies cannot patent mushrooms.
Therefore, they don’t want to invest money into developing a natural medicine that they can’t commercially protect.
You can buy organic, whole mushrooms to add to dinner, or you can get supplements and powders.
Berries are some of the top high-antioxidant foods in the world.
Berries are especially rich in proanthocyanidin antioxidants, which lower free radical damage.
You’ll also get phenols, zeaxanthin, lycopene, cryptoxanthin, lutein and polysaccharides.
Berry extracts slow the growth of cancer cells. Strawberry and black raspberry extracts have the greatest impact on colon cancer cells.
Doctors tend to promote eating greens. People forget about beans, or even avoid them because of the side effects of fiber.
Remember, fiber does miracles in our body! Beans are also full of protein, fiber, and nutrients.
Studies continuously show that the folate, phytochemicals, and sterols in beans fight cancer.
Consuming small amounts of beans regularly in your diet helps avoid gas.
They add flavor and protect your health.
Onions are packed with allicin, sulfuric compounds, manganese, vitamins B6 and C, copper, and selenium.
They stimulate production of glutathione—the most potent antioxidant for your liver. That helps detoxify the entire body.
Seeds are a superfood packed with health benefits.
Chia seeds and flaxseeds are two of the most nutrient-dense seeds in the world, providing fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and minerals.
Don’t forget other seeds like hemp, sesame, and pumpkin.
Turmeric is a must for an anti-cancer diet.
It has curcumin, which decreases tumor size and fights colon and breast cancer.
You can add turmeric to curry and other dishes, and even hide it in a drink. There’s also turmeric supplements that fight cancer and inflammation.
People have used garlic to get over cold and heal disease for centuries.
It has sulfur compounds that stimulate the immune system’s natural defenses against cancer too.
New studies show that garlic can reduce the incidence of stomach cancer by a factor of 12!
What’s better than fresh corn on the cob on a summer evening?
Corn is loaded with a phenolic compound called ferulic acid, which inhibits cancer-causing substances.
Of course, we’re talking about whole corn and not corn syrup, which you should avoid!
These treats from nature are higher in total polyphenols than any fruits or vegetables.
The polyphenols protect the fruit while growing in harsh desert conditions.
They make a great, natural treat that can fix your sweet tooth and chocolate craving.
18. Tiger nut
Tiger “nut” is actually a tuber with a sweet, nutty flavor.
It’s used in Spain and Mexico to make horchata, a sweet and light milky drink.
So it’s a good milk alternative, although it lacks protein and calcium.
It is high in resistant starch, which aids in digestive health and fights stomach and colon cancers.
19. Sweet potatoes
Sweet potatoes, and any brightly orange-colored fruits and veggies are packed with cancer-fighting nutrients.
The bright colors of citrus fruits, squash, sweet potatoes are from phytochemicals, especially carotenoid antioxidants.
Beta-carotene is an essential nutrient for immune functioning; detoxification; liver health; and fighting cancers of the skin, eyes and organs.
20. Red Grapes
These natural treats have seeds filled with the super antioxidant activin.
It’s a cancer-fighting chemical also found in red wine and red grape juice, and it protects against cancer and heart disease.
Fill your diet with these delicious foods, and strive to eat a variety of (naturally) brightly colored fruits and vegetables.
Buy organic whenever possible for further health benefits and to avoid pesticides and dyes—many non-organic fruits and vegetables are actually soaked in dye to make them more bright and attractive.
A healthy diet with these super foods will prevent and fight cancer, and leave you feeling great.
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