Cancer has turned out to be one of the worst diseases to hit the mankind. With no vaccination in sight and the treatment ranging from medicine to chemotherapy, it is a painful process of healing and often discouraging to the patients. Apart from the treatment and moral support by your loved ones, a complete diet with the right kind of food will help you in combating cancer. By right kind of food, we mean the food ingredients which will work along with the treatment and provide you the nutrients which are known to help resist the advent of cancer. Cancer causing particles are known as carcinogens. Cancer is caused by gene mutations within DNA which allows the cells to multiply rapidly and stops the genes to repair the errors in DNA. The progress of cancer has been divided in stages with separate levels of treatment for each level. As the treatment becomes more demanding on the body and the mind, it becomes more helpful to eat the right kind of food. In this article, let’s look at the food which will help us in fighting cancer.
Garlic is one of those food ingredients which not only make your food tastier but also, takes care of your body by providing the nutrients which are known to fight the growth of cancer. Garlic contains a compound called Argenine along with Selenium and Allicin. These compounds have been known to fight the growth of tumours, and provide a range of antibiotics which the cancerous cells no not grow resistant to. Research has shown raw garlic as well as cooked garlic to fight lung cancer, stomach cancer among few. Consult your doctor and eat garlic either raw or cooked with food, it will definitely help you to make your body healthier.
Papaya has the chemical Lycopene. It also is a source of beta-Cyrptoxanthin. It is known to help the body get stronger and fight the free radicals, which promote cancer build-up inside the body. Adding tomato to your daily food intake also has benefits because of the presence of Vitamins A, C, and E. These vitamins also fight cancer along with the phytochemical present in papaya. Eat papaya either raw or with mixed as a part of salads. You could also try cooking papaya in the vegetables.
Broccoli is one of the vegetables which are packed with vitamins, fibre and phytochemicals and helpful with fighting cancer. In fact, all the cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower, turnip and Kale are helpful in the fight against cancer. Broccoli contains particular compounds known as glucosinolates which produce cancer fighting enzymes in the body. Broccoli promotes the creation of Sulforaphane in the body which cleans the body of carcinogens and also helps to stem the growth of cancerous cells.
Blueberries are a rich source of phytochemicals and antioxidants. Berries are also a great source of Vitamin C along with providing fibre to the digestive system. Blueberries and blackberries contain Ellagic acid which targets the cancerous cells and destroys them. Blackberries have in them a high amount of anti-oxidant chemicals. Eat blueberries and blackberries in their fruit form or toss them into your salad. Blueberries can be had fresh or frozen.
6. Green Tea
A natural source of anti oxidants which also helps you battle the cancerous cells and stop them from growing, green tea has polyphenols which have been particularly beneficial in battling prostate cancer as shown by studies. It has also shown promise against breast cancer though more research has to be conducted to come to that conclusion based on scientific evidence.
One of the vegetables you should add to your diet is Spinach. Spinach is rich in a chemical called Zeaxanthin and also is a natural source of Cartenoids. It works in your body and battles the free radicals which promote the growth of cancer cells. Spinach also contains beta-carotene, Vitamin A and Folate which work towards preventing further growth of cancer and spreading of the disease. Include spinach in your daily vegetables as one of the staple green leafs.
Grapes, their skin and seed extract are rich in Resveratol . It is a very effective phytochemical useful in fighting can growth. This compound slows down the growth rate of cancer cells. Red grapes have bio-flavanoids present in them. They help in the stoppage of release of the cancer promoting enzymes and the growth of cancer cells in affected organs. Have them in their daily intake of fruits and vegetables.
Pepper is a particularly potent anti cancer medicine due to the presence of a compound called Capsaicin. Both Cayenne pepper and black pepper contain Capsaicin. Capsaicin kills the cancer cells directly and flush out the carcinogens from the body. Pepper also contains a compound called Pepperine which has been found effective in fighting cancer. You could add pepper directly to your body by adding a little in a warm glass of water or you could consult a doctor for any possible side effects (Highly Recommended!) and take a supplementary pill available from a reputable source.
Turmeric has medicinal properties which are yet to be determined completely. It contains an active ingredient called Curcumin along with Pepperine present in Pepper has shown positive results in battling the cancer cells in breast cancer. However, the best part about Curcumin is, they target the cancerous cells alone without destroying the breast cells. Hence it doesn’t affect the organ in a negative way like many other forms of treatment usually do. Use turmeric in your daily diet to reap the benefits of this wonderful spice.
1. Tomatoes and watermelon
Both tomatoes and Watermelon contain a chemical called Lycopene, a known antioxidant which prevents the growth of free radicals, which are cancer friendly and actively work to spread the cancer cells. Apart from that, Tomatoes and watermelon contain a large dose of Vitamin A and C and also vitamin E. These Vitamins increase your body’s immunity system and are active ingredients which fight the cancer cells. Make sure to add tomatoes and watermelon in large quantities in your regular food.
Apart from these, make sure that you include lot of green leafy vegetables in your diet, add various kinds of nuts as well. However, it is also important to know what not eat to promote cancer cell formation in your body. Avoid eating a lot of fat either from dairy products or meat. Also avoid drinking excessive alcohol. A good vegetable based diet is one of the best ways to increase immunity and throw out the carcinogens from your body. Make sure to have a healthy and complete diet. May you or your loved ones conquer cancer and come out victorious.