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Monday, April 30, 2018
Top Healing Foods That Fight Cancer:
Do you eat them often enough?
ancer is a disease that can be prevented through an active lifestyle and a healthy diet. Nutritionist Rick Hay discussed which food items are beneficial for supporting the body in keeping cancer at bay. (h/t to Healthista.com.)
Leafy green and cruciferous vegetables —These refer to the vegetables under the Brassicagenus of plants which includes broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens, kale, and turnips. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) latest Dietary Guideline for Americans, men should have at least two cups of dark-green vegetables (where cruciferous vegetables are grouped) in a week, while women must consume at least 1 ½ cups per week – that’s about a cup of chopped broccoli florets or two cups of raw spinach for one cup. (Related: Cruciferous Vegetables Proven to Prevent Breast Cancer.)
Onions and garlic — Both of these plants are under the Allium genus, and both contain the natural detoxifier glutathione. Garlic, in particular, is a godsend for those with metabolic syndrome: It helps with the regulation of blood sugar levels, and the diallyl disulfide present in the bulb protects against certain cancers, according to Hay. Garlic is so effective that the National Cancer Institute recognizes it as “one of several vegetables with potential anticancer properties.”
Orange or yellow fruits and vegetables — Carrots can potentially slow down the growth of cancer cells, thanks to the compound falcarinol that’s present in the plant. Both Hay and the USDA have the same opinion on how much of these fruits and vegetables should be part of your diet – and that’s as much as possible. In particular, men should have at least six cups, with five cups for women, of orange vegetables a week, according to the USDA guidelines. For fruits, the recommended daily intake is at least two cups for men and 1 ½ cups for women a day – the equivalent of one large orange or a medium-sized pear. (MORE)