7 Of The Most Powerful Anti-Cancer Foods On Earth (Even We Didn’t Know About #4!)

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We’ve posted lists here before about the top anti-cancer foods, but have you ever found yourself wondering what the cream of the crop is when it comes to fighting cancer? Surely, while there are certain foods that cause cancer, others work best at slowing it down and preventing from growing.

If you have ever wandered into the grocery store or looked through bottles of spices or supplements and wondered which ones were really the best of the best, we have tried to narrow it down for you.

Mother Nature has provided us with numerous herbs, spices, barks, roots and leaves, along with the traditional fruits and vegetables to beat cancer. Cancer is, after all, mostly a man-made disease, but nature has graciously provided us with ways to fight it. It was difficult to narrow the list down to just 7, but there is no doubt that every single item on this list fights cancer.

If you do nothing else, be certain to include in your diet these 7 foods that help fight cancer as frequently as possible to keep yourself healthy and your body cancer free.

 

1. Turmeric

This is perhaps the number one cancer fighter of all, the champion of champions, if you will. Many different types of cancer are, unfortunately, becoming resistant to the typical chemotherapy drugs that are now in use. Turmeric, and its active ingredient curcumin, has been shown in study after study to fight more cancers than any other substance. Turmeric has also been shown to be safe in the treatment of all types of cancer, including those that are now drug resistant. Turmeric’s power appears to be in its ability to modulate genetic activity. Turmeric promotes healthy cell function and also destroys existing cancer cells. Turmeric also encourages the natural death of cancer cells. Research shows that turmeric affects more than 100 different pathways on a cellular level. If you are a regular reader of NaturalOn, you already know that turmeric is the #1 anti-inflammatory compound, which also stops cancer before it starts.

Turmeric helps your body to naturally destroy mutated cancer cells, preventing them from spreading. It also stops the body from creating new blood vessels to feed cancer. Like all living things, without nutrients, cancer will die.

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2. Green Tea

Green tea contains a unique type of antioxidant called catechins, and epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG. Both of these compounds have been shown to fight cancer cells. EGC has been shown in numerous studies to inhibit the growth of stomach and lung cancer rates. You should seriously consider drinking 5 to 6 cups of freshly brewed green tea each day. It can be difficult, however, to find real green tea in the US. The stuff sold in bottles or cans in your supermarket is complete junk. Some green tea mixes are a blend of teas with just a touch of real green tea. Natural green tea is quite bitter and is definitely an acquired taste, but one that you should learn. Avoid teas from those famous American tea makers. The biggest green tea manufacturer in America simply uses unripe tea leaves, which are green in color, and call it green tea. The best and most potent green tea comes from Japan, with boxes featuring the Japanese language. They cost more, yes, but they are very much worth it.

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3. Alkaline Foods

Too many Americans eat diets that are high in acid-forming foods. Mounting research studies show that cancer cannot thrive in an acidic environment. Cancerous tumors love to grow in an acidic environment. Your blood should be kept at a slightly alkaline level, between 7.2 and 7.4. To do this, you need to eat more alkaline foods. This is another terrific way to prevent cancer from ever starting. The ideal cancer prevention diet should include about 80 percent alkaline forming foods. There are many natural foods that will keep your body slightly alkaline, such as the following:

  • Fruits: lemons, melons, bananas, berries, olives, mangos, limes, kiwis, grapefruit, apples, nectarines, peaches, pears, pineapples, raisins, watermelon, figs, and avocados
  • Veggies: yams, cauliflower, onions, potatoes, spinach, bell peppers, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, celery, corn, ginger, kale, mustard greens, and tomatoes
  • Beans/legumes: chestnuts, chickpeas, peas, soybeans, almonds, lima beans, and green beans
  • Green foods: wheatgrass, chlorella, spirulina, barley grass, and alfalfa

Of course, this list is not complete, but it should help you get started when you are grocery shopping and trying to decide which foods are best for eating a more alkaline based diet.

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4. Red Foods

Of course by red foods, we mean produce, not red meat!

Research has shown that red colored foods such as cherries, cranberries, goji berries, strawberries, tomatoes, pink grapefruit, red grapes, and watermelon are high in cancer-fighting nutrients such as carotene and lycopene. Red foods are also important when it comes to offering the body superior immune system support, enabling your body to fight cancer on its own.

Try consuming at least one red fruit or vegetable every day for superior cancer-fighting power.

 

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5. Seaweed

Ancient Chinese medicine has used seaweed for centuries to fight cancer. Seaweed has been shown to soften hard tumors, making them easier to manage. Research has shown that seaweed also contains a potent combination of micronutrients, such as vitamin E, vitamin C, iodine, fiber, various minerals, and polysaccharides. This makes seaweed a valuable tool when it comes to fighting cancer.

Want more proof? The Japanese people consume more seaweed than any other country, and they have some of the lowest cancer rates on the planet.

 

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6. Cruciferous Veggies

Yep, your mom was right; eating broccoli is good for you. The compounds found in cruciferous vegetables, sulforaphanes, appear to selectively target cancer cells and prevent cancer from spreading. This is something that no chemotherapy in the world can do, but foods like broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower do with ease.

Another substance in cruciferous vegetables, indole-3-carbinol, has been shown in multiple studies to stop the cycle of breast cancer cells, although it doesn’t actually kill the cells. It simply stops them from dividing, which effectively stops cancer dead it its tracks. Pass that plate of broccoli, will you?

 

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7. Olive Oil

Studies have shown that the monounsaturated fatty acids in olive oil have a powerful protective effect against the growth of cancer. Olive oil is also full of phytochemicals which stop the growth of cancer in vitro. Keep in mind that, at least in the case of olive oil, more is not better. Olive oil still has 120 calories per tablespoon. This substance is a great cancer fighter, but it should be consumed in moderation. Always opt for a good quality, extra virgin olive oil to get the most anti-cancer benefits.

 

READ ALSO: 14 Household Items That Can Cause Cancer

 

This year alone, it has been estimated that more than half a million Americans will lose their battle with cancer. At least 41 percent of all Americans will develop some type of cancer in their lifetime.

You can beat the odds, however. Start with these top 7 cancer fighting foods and then add healthy additions to your lifestyle, such as moderate exercise and getting plenty of fresh air and natural sunlight. You can live the healthy, cancer-free life that Mother Nature intended us to.

References:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov