Food is a vital part of our survival. Without food, we cannot survive. The type of food we eat decides whether we get nutrients from it or just fat. We should eat a balanced healthy diet rich in vitamins, minerals, proteins, and carbohydrates.
What we eat has a direct or indirect effect on our health and body. Cancer growth can also be slowed down in our body by eating cancer-fighting food.
The experts at Capitol Hospital, best healthcare in our region will discuss few such anti-cancer foods so that we can inculcate them in our daily routine and reduce cancer risk.
Few of anti-cancer foods are discussed below:-
Garlic or more popularly known as lehsun in our region is one of the best cancer-fighting food. It boosts our immune system. It lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels. It contains anti-oxidants like allicin which is a natural detoxifier and improves brain function. The best part is that we can use garlic in so many recipes.
It is an anti-inflammatory agent in the body. This produces benefits throughout the body and especially in the gut, reducing the rate at which cancer spreads.
LEAFY GREEN VEGETABLES
Leafy green vegetables contain all the required nutrients, vitamins, antioxidants. It is also low in calories. They help to detoxify the body with all the nutrients and minerals present in them. They are rich in chlorophyll, which alkalinizes the blood, and fiber, which keeps the colon healthy. Examples include spinach (palak in Hindi), kale(leaf cabbage), collard greens.
Spinach contains fiber, folate, and bio-chemicals called flavonoids which remove free radicals. Overall excellent cancer-fighting food with all the nutrients.
They also have inactive carcinogens which help prevent tumor growth in the human body. They also stop cancer from spreading from one part to another.
Cauliflower, cabbage, and broccoli are few vegetables categorized under cruciferous vegetables. They are rich in Glutathione which is a very good anti-oxidant. Also, they are rich in isothiocyanates which is a cancer-preventing agent. Vegetables like broccoli are high in glucoraphanin, sulforaphane, and indoles —strong antioxidants and stimulators of detoxifying enzymes that protect the structure of DNA. Broccoli is anti-inflammatory and good for our bones too.
Experts also believe that microwaving broccoli destroys 97% of its cancer-fighting abilities. So, let’s have it in an old-fashioned way rather than microwaving it.
Mushroom is another cancer fighting food. But not all mushrooms are edible or cancer fighting. But mushrooms are one of the most substantial cancer fighting foods. Reishi Mushroom,Maitake Mushroom are among the cancer fighting mushrooms. They have tumor shrinking abilities and reduce metastasis. But it always recommended consulting your physician before use.