Cancer-Fighting Foods

Written by: Carla De Guzman/Tuesday, Oct 17, 2017 08:53 AM

It’s happened! Someone actually defeated cancer with food! Chris Wark was diagnosed with colon cancer years ago, and when he was told that he needed 9-12 rounds of chemo, he wondered if there was a healthier way to do it. With the power of nutrition and a lot of research, he ate his way to health. Now he’s been in remission for the last ten years and is maintaining his stance that it was eating particular healthy food that helped him in his battle against the big C. 

Whether you’ve got cancer and want to find a way to ease the strain of chemo, or just want to help avoid it altogether, we’ve got a quick list of the top cancer-fighting foods for you! Make sure you only get as much as you need—and that you talk to your nutritionist or oncologist before drastically changing your diet. 

Turmeric

Believe it or not, this little everyday ingredient packs a powerful punch. Research shows that the active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, helps decrease tumor size. A whole assortment of herbs and spice are also great immune system boosters.

Cruciferous Vegetables

We know it sounds like the name of a Malfoy relative, but trust us when we say that in our research, all of the articles call cruciferous vegetables the ultimate cancer fighter. They’re high in Vitamin C, and also nearly completely stops cancer cell growth. These vegetables include cauliflower, kale and Brussel sprouts. 

Nuts and Berries

Who would have thought that trail mix is a great cancer fighter? The antioxidant properties of common berries—blueberries, strawberries and goji berries, in particular, are a great source of vitamins and lower the amount of damage caused by cancer cells. Meanwhile, nuts like chia, almonds, and flaxseeds have fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. 

Orange fruits and vegetables

They say that a colorful plate is a well-balanced meal, but a little more orange in your life can do a body good. Orange foods like well, oranges and pumpkin, have carotenoids that are high in Vitamin A and are great immune system boosters. Just make sure you don’t have too much. 

Green Tea

Aside from being delicious, green tea’s catechin content is great for the body and helps reduce tumor growth. They also have a good dose of EGCG, an antioxidant that tells your body to stop producing the proteins that produce cancer cells.

 

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About Carla De Guzman
Carla de Guzman is the author of self-published books Cities, Marry Me Charlotte B! and We Go Together. She loves to travel, coming home to her dog Kimchi and spending her weekends having dinner with her crazy family by day. By night, she’s writer and an artist, spending her midnights at her desk. Follow her on Instagram (@somemidnights) for more!
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