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Winter 2007

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Using Nutrition to Help Fight Cancer

When it comes to preventing cancer, there is no one superfood or magic bullet. There are, however, many foods that can contribute to your overall health and have cancer fighting properties.

These foods help make up a primarily plant-based diet. All plants contain various minerals, vitamins and substances called phytochemicals. Though much is still to be learned about these compounds and how they may help in the fight against cancer, this list is a great place to start.

While this list is not all inclusive, it is a way to get started to eating a healthy diet in the New Year.

TYPE OF FOOD

IMPORTANT COMPOUND IN THE FOOD

PROPOSED CANCER FIGHTING POTENTIAL

Blueberries

Phenolic Acid, anthocyanins, vitamin C

May block carcinogens.

Carrots

Beta-carotene

Antioxidant activity, anti-inflammatory, enhance immune response.

Tomatoes

Lycopene, vitamin C

May decrease prostate cancer and macular degeneration.

Oranges

Flavonoids and vitamin C

May enhance the immune system as well as have antioxidant activity.

Broccoli

Sulforaphane and indoles

Indoles may protect against hormone-sensitive cancers.

Broccoli

Sulforaphane and indoles

Indoles may protect against hormone-sensitive cancers.

Spinach

Indoles and folic acid

Folic acid is linked to cancer and heart disease prevention.

Black beans

Protein, fiber

Insoluble fiber in beans may fight cancer as well as lower blood sugar and cholesterol. The soluble fiber promotes regularity.

Grains

Selenium, fiber

Selenium is an antioxidant and may block action of carcinogens. Fiber helps with regularity and adds to a feeling of fullness.

Basil

Monoterpenes

Basil and other culinary herbs have antioxidant activity and inhibit carcinogenesis and cholesterol production.

Garlic
(Study results based on the food, not supplement varieties.)

Allium as well as other minerals and vitamins

May stimulate the production of detoxifying enzymes which help excrete carcinogens from the body, lower LDL (bad cholesterol) and blood pressure; may stimulate the immune system.

To read more about the cancer fighting properties of phytochemicals you may want to obtain The Strang Cancer Center Prevention Center Cookbook or explore the JKKC web site for more delicious recipes. If you would like a refrigerator magnet of this chart, call 215-829-6560.

 


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