15 of the Best Disease Fighting Foods Ever

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It’s interesting to note that in many other countries around the world, their incidences of chronic disease and cancer rates are much lower than the Western world. However, bring those people to the United States and have them exchange their diet for a typical Western diet filled with sugar, salt, trans-fats, junk food, red meat, and fast foods, and their rates of disease and risk of developing cancer will equal the American population within 5 years.

Diet is one of the most vital parts of living a healthy lifestyle. Cardiovascular disease, the number one killer in the US, along with stroke, respiratory infections, obesity, diabetes, and many other types of chronic disease are rampant in America. The thing is, most of them are under our control and are preventable. You can save thousands of dollars in medical bills, medications, not to mention pain and suffering, by eating a healthy diet and living a healthy lifestyle.

Eating the right foods plays a huge factor when it comes to lowering your risk of disease. Keep reading and find out the 15 best foods you can add to your diet and prevent some of these terrible, life-threatening diseases before they take hold. Adding these foods into your daily meals can keep your body healthy, your mind sharp, and have you feeling great each and every day!

 

1. Mushrooms

Be sure you leave plenty of room for some medicinal ‘shrooms! In studies done with animals, adding mushrooms stimulated their immune systems in such a way that they were able to fight off infections and certain types of cancer. Although no tests have been done with humans, scientists speculate that the results would be the same.

The powerful nutrients and natural bacteria inside a mushrooms cell walls might be the reason they improve the body’s defenses against cancer and disease. The International Journal of Cancer shows that eating just 2 teaspoons of medicinal mushrooms each day can cut a woman’s risk of breast cancer by as much as two-thirds.

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2.  Cauliflower

This crunchy veggie, along with its cousins Brussels sprouts, kale, broccoli, and kale, contain compounds called indoles, which are known to help prevent tumors.

Studies show that eating more cruciferous vegetables, such as cauliflower, can greatly reduce the risk of developing many types of cancer including breast, colon, prostate, bladder and ovarian cancer.

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3. Kiwi Fruit

They say good things come in small packages. One little kiwi fruit packs more immune fighting vitamin C than a large orange! Kiwis also give the body vitamin E, which fights off free radicals and keeps the skin young and smooth looking.

One study shows that subjects who ate two kiwis each day for one month lowered their blood triglycerides by as much as 15 percent, and were less susceptible to blood clots, which are a major factor for heart disease, heart attacks, and stroke, according to the researchers at the University of Oslo in Norway.

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4. Carrots

Loaded with carotenoids, carrots give you a powerful antioxidant that protects you from cancer, heart disease, and cataracts. Increase your level of these important antioxidants be eating more carrots, spinach, cantaloupe, pumpkin, kale, and sweet potatoes.

Think of the antioxidants in these foods as warriors that fight off the bad guys (free radicals) to ensure that they don’t cause cellular damage or hurt your DNA.

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5. Turmeric

Don’t wait to eat Indian food to enjoy this spice! Numerous research studies show that eating turmeric even once or twice per week can cut your risk of developing dementia by as much as 50 percent!

The active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, is thought to dissolve the plaque in the brain that causes Alzheimer’s disease. In one study, published in the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, subjects who took supplements containing curcumin, the size and numbers of colon polyps they had been diagnosed with were cut in half.

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6. Tomatoes

Tomatoes contain an incredibly powerful phytonutrient called lycopene, well known for being a super cancer killer. You can also find high levels of lycopene in other foods such as pink grapefruit, watermelon, and carrots. You don’t have to eat fresh tomatoes, either; dried tomatoes are also loaded with this super healthy substance.

There is tons of evidence supporting the fact that lycopene can protect the body from numerous chronic diseases, including heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Tomatoes are also a natural anti-inflammatory, which means that they can help to fight joint pain and arthritis.

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7. Black Beans

Black never goes out of style. Keep that in mind when choosing beans. The darker the bean, the higher its level of antioxidants. Beans are so good for you, they earn top honors for having enough protein to qualify as a meat, but contain all the fiber and vitamins of vegetables. All you need is a half cup to get half of your daily requirement of folate, iron, and magnesium.

Those three compounds are super important as they lower your blood pressure, and give you plenty of healthy red blood cells for energy. Beans are easy to make in the crock pot and can be ready to eat when you get home from work. Canned beans are easier, yes, but most cans contain the toxic chemical BPA, so making them fresh yourself will give you the best possible health benefits.

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8. Seeds

It’s important that you get plenty of omega-3 fatty acids in your diet; however, with the high level of contamination in fish, it’s hard to advise anyone today to eat more fish. You can get your omega-3s however, without the mercury, by eating flax seeds and chia seeds.

The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry published a study in 2013 that showed that omega-3s can stop the growth of cancerous breast tumors by as much as 30 percent. Omega-3s also reduce your risk of developing cancer, stroke, diabetes, and heart disease. Flax and chia seeds might be tiny, but they are jam packed with important nutritional benefits. Find out 33 full of omega-3 foods.

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9. Almonds

You may have been avoiding nuts because they are high in fat, however, you don’t need to eat a lot of them to get the tons of health benefits they have to offer. Almonds can lower your blood pressure naturally and the high levels of vitamin E can keep the brain nimble and the skin supple. Almonds can also help you lose weight. Their high fiber content keeps you feeling full but they also stop your body from absorbing some fat, which can help you lose weight.

One study performed at Loma Linda University in California showed that those who snacked on almonds each day lost 62 percent more weight, as well as 56 percent more body fat than those who did not eat almonds. You only need 1 ounce (about 35 nuts) of raw, unsalted almonds each day to get a whole lot of benefits without adding very many calories or fat to your day.

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10. Berries

It doesn’t matter if you enjoy strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, or whatever kind of berry that tickles your tongue, eat more of them! Why? Because berries are super rich in anthocyanins, a type of antioxidant that really kicks butt when it comes to fighting disease and certain types of cancer.

No matter which berry it is, you can’t go wrong. Be sure to add some berries to your diet as often as you possibly can.

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11. Apples

That old saying about an apple a day didn’t just appear out of thin air, there was plenty of reason to believe this was true. Science now backs up that old saying. Apples contain a special type of antioxidant, quercetin, a phytochemical that has been shown in study after study to prevent prostate, heart disease, and lung cancer.

All varieties of apples contain this powerful antioxidant. Find ways to add more apples into your day and keep that doctor in his office where he belongs.

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12. Garlic

This is another well-proven cancer fighter that has been shown in numerous studies to stop esophagus cancer, stomach cancer, and breast cancer. Garlic is also known for stopping colon cancer, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research.

To get the most health bang out of your garlic dollar, slightly crush the garlic and wait about 10 minutes before you consume it. You can swallow the garlic whole, use it in cooking, or if you hate the taste of garlic, you can buy supplements at your health food store.

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13. Red Grapes

Besides making tasty wine, red grapes contain a phytochemical called resveratrol, which is a known anti-inflammatory, cancer fighting powerhouse that is known to reduce the risk of developing chronic disease.

So eat plenty of red grapes for snacks or enjoy a glass of red wine with dinner. Just one glass, however, as the alcohol will kill off any benefits if you overindulge.

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14. Black Tea and Green Tea

Teas have been consumed for their medicinal purposes since the beginning of time. Tea is a wonderful herbal tonic filled with healthy antioxidants. Black tea and green teas contain a special type of cancer fighting antioxidant called catechins.

Now it’s true that green teas contain about 3 times more catechins than black tea, but if you love black tea, or can’t find green tea at a restaurant, black tea is still a very good alternative. Try having some tea in the evenings or with your lunch for a nice healthy change of pace.

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15. Barley

Exchange your brown rice for cancer fighting barley. With more than twice the fiber of rice, along with cancer-fighting selenium, barley is an excellent choice and a nice change of pace. Besides being good for your colon, the type of fiber in barley, called beta glucan, can lower your levels of fat absorption as well as blood cholesterol levels.

The Annals of Family Medicine published a study which showed that when subjects with high cholesterol consumed between 3 to 10 grams of beta glucan each day, their levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol, as well as their triglycerides, fell dramatically. This means improved heart health and an overall lower risk of stroke, and heart disease.

 

SEE ALSO: The Top Benefits of Drinking Barley Water and How to Make It

 

Your diet is completely under your control and if you are what you eat, don’t you want to eat healthy and natural? Remember to always buy organic, get regular exercise and plenty of sleep each night for the best possible health.

References:

Health.harvard.edu