Being diagnosed with cancer is still a stressful and scary time in any person’s life, even if it doesn’t always mean fatality. Health issues can cause any number of stress, anxiety and depression symptoms, and it may feel like there isn’t much you can do but let the doctors handle your treatment. Fortunately, studies have shown that there are certain types of food that stop the spread of cancerous cells.
“Nutritional science has made such wonderful advances in the last 10 years, and we’re now able to give people much more power to control their health destiny” – Joel Fuhrman, MD
These foods will often prevent the growth and spreading of cancerous cells. The types of food and the types of cancer that they prevent often vary, so make sure you know what you’re at risk for and what you would most like to prevent. The food that you eat that starves cancerous cells can also prevent it from growing before it starts. Eating these foods should help with preventing or starving cancerous cells in your body.
HERE ARE 5 SURPRISING FOODS THAT STOP CANCER FROM SPREADING
Strawberries are full of antioxidants, as well as something called ellagic acid. The antioxidants and acids in strawberries are known to prevent cancer that can affect your skin, breast tissue, lungs and even your bladder. Eating the proper amount of strawberries can cause something called apoptosis, which causes the cancer cells to die.
To get the most out of your strawberries, it’s best to eat 1 cup of strawberries a day. Dietitian Nigel Denby was quoted saying, “Strawberries can legitimately claim to be heart protective, anti-inflammatory and have anti-cancer properties – all rolled into one. They rank as one of the world’s healthiest foods.”
2. COOKED TOMATOES
Though you can eat raw tomatoes to help fight off cancer, cooked tomatoes have more strength in fighting cancer than raw ones do. Though all tomatoes contain cancer-fighting properties called lycopene, the heat from cooking them makes them more available for your body to use.
Lycopene is known to slow the growth of cancerous cells in your body, which helps give you a better chance of getting rid of it with other treatments. One-half cup of cook tomatoes once a week will help slow the growth of cancerous cells.
As Joan Salge Blake, MS, RD, rightly pointed out, “The photochemical lycopene may be one of best disease-fighting compounds on the plate, especially if the plate contains tomatoes. Research suggests that lycopene found in tomatoes and tomato products may help prevent prostate cancer.”
3. BOK CHOY
Bok choy is a type of Chinese cabbage, and it contains something called brassinin, which is known to be very powerful against fighting the growth of cancerous cells. Brassinin can also be found in other sprouts, such as broccoli and cauliflower. Bok choy and brassinin is best known at fighting the spread and growth of breast cancer cells. For the best possible results, plan your meals to have bok choy (or even broccoli!) in them three times a week, with a half cup serving.
Like most fish, Flounder is full of omega-3 fatty acids, which are well known to prevent inflammation and reduce the risk of heart disease. Omega-3 fatty acids are also known to help prevent both the start and spread of cancerous cells.
“Instead of shrimp, you can substitute any seafood high in omega-3 fatty acids; options include salmon, haddock, flounder and sardines”, says Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD.
Flounder is best for the prevention and starvation of colorectal cancer. It’s been shown that patients with more Omega-3 fatty acids in their system responded better to treatments and lived longer. For the best results, Flounder should be had in three 6-ounce servings at least once a week.
Artichokes are full of antioxidants. Research on the cancer-preventative antioxidants in artichoke show that the antioxidants can cause apoptosis and even slow the growth of cancerous cells. This vegetable is best for the prevention of prostate and breast cancer, and can also be used to help slow the cancerous growth of leukemia.
Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga, Dawn Bradford Lange says, “When eaten regularly as part of an overall cancer free lifestyle, antioxidant-rich foods such as artichoke hearts and leaves may provide anti-aging benefits and protection against degenerative diseases.”
To get the most out of your artichokes and help prevent or slow the growth of cancerous cells, you should have ¼ cup of artichoke hearts a day.
Doing something as simple as changing your diet can help prevent a disease that can be difficult to cure. Or, it can help the treatment that you’re already on work better. The same way that steering clear for cigarettes can prevent lung cancer, eating certain types of food can prevent any number of cancers from growing in your body.
We often underestimate the things that we put into our body, and the drastic effects that they can have on our well-being. These are only just a small sample of foods that prevent and slow the growth of cancerous cells, and changing your diet to be more health-conscious is just one step in making sure your body stays as healthy as humanly possible. There’s a reason you’ve been told to eat your fruits and vegetables!