Cancer Preventing Foods
Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine Focused on Energetics of Food
There is some debate in the scientific community concerning the effectiveness of specific cancer preventing foods, but it is obvious that nutrition, physical activity and obesity play a role in cancer and other life threatening disease.
Are health foods preventing heart disease and cancer? Probably not in America, because despite continued advice from public health officials, most Americans are not eating 7-13 servings of fruits and vegetables per day.
The most recent reports from researchers at the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that only about 33% of all adults eat 2 servings of fruit per day and only about 27% eat 3 servings of vegetables per day.
More and more research continues to show that diets high in fruits, vegetables and whole grains reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Increasing these types of whole foods, while decreasing calorie dense fast foods can also help people control their weight. Most people are aware that obesity increases the risk of heart disease, but many are unaware that it also increases the risk of developing and dying from cancer.
Many health care professionals refer to fruits, vegetables and whole grains as cancer preventing foods. Research concerning tomatoes indicates that even a few servings per week can reduce the risk of prostrate cancer. It appears that components in this fruit/vegetable can actually decrease tumor size and kill cancer cells.
Research concerning other fruits and vegetables has returned similar results in the laboratory. The American Cancer Society is currently sponsoring research concerning broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables; spinach and other dark leafy greens; carrots and other orange vegetables.
Research began many years ago concerning the dietary habits of certain population groups. In specific groups where a lower incidence of cancer was found, the average diets varied, some contained foods and beverages that were considered unhealthy.
In specific groups where a lower incidence of heart disease was found, again, the average diet varied, but usually contained some foods and beverages that are considered unhealthy. It is believed that certain foods, particularly fruits, vegetables and whole grains can counteract the effect of some less healthy foods.
For example, research concerning residents of France showed that even though their diets were high in fat, they experience less heart disease than Americans.
It is believed that an antioxidant found in red grapes and other red fruits counteract the potentially detrimental effects of their high fat diet. It seems to actually “clean out” their arteries. All of this research has led to more research concerning health foods preventing heart disease and cancer.
Cancer Preventing Foods
The majority of the current research concerning health foods preventing heart disease and cancer focuses on fruits, vegetables and whole grains or specific components of these.
The reason that multi-colored fruits and vegetables are important cancer preventing foods and are recommended for a healthy diet is because each color contains a different antioxidant. All of which have been shown in laboratory tests to do one or more of the following: reduce the effect of oxidative stress on human cells, kill cancer cells or slow the growth of cancer cells.
Oxidative stress can lead to the formation of free radicals, which, in turn, through a chain reaction can lead to the growth of cancerous cells and eventually tumors. Antioxidants can stop the chain reaction by eliminating the free radicals and could prevent most types of cancer.
One of the best known antioxidants is vitamin C, found in most fruits and vegetables. Large quantities are present in oranges, papaya, peaches, pineapples, tomatoes, kale, parsley, spinach, cherries and broccoli. These are typically included in a list of health foods preventing heart disease and cancer.
While the United States is conducting research into health foods preventing heart disease and cancer, many other countries have already concluded research and are using components of different heart disease and cancer preventing foods to treat life threatening conditions. The following is a brief summary of some alternative treatments being used in other countries.
Intravenous mega doses of vitamin C are being used to successfully treat cancer patients. Bromelain, a component of the pineapple, is being used to treat heart disease.
Anthocyanins, a lesser known antioxidant, found in apples, cherries, blueberries and cranberries are being used to treat atherosclerosis, hypertension and diabetes. Hypertension and diabetes are risk factors contributing to heart disease. Any of the foods mentioned here could be included in a list of health foods that prevent cancer.
In order to help people get the health benefits of fruits and vegetables, without actually eating them, fruit and vegetable supplements are becoming increasingly popular.
Whole food supplements contain the “whole food” and thus all of the components contained in them.
|Russell’s Tip: |
Just because a supplement may have exotic sounding ingredients, or is "cutting-edge," doesn't mean it's healthier for you or better than a true whole food supplement. Don't buy a supplement unless it is backed by research. Learn more about the fruit and vegetable supplements I use and recommend by clicking here.
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Disease is easier to PREVENT than it is to cure.
Eat 7-13 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables every day.
Almost no one does.
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