You are probably already aware that eating your five-a-day is important, making sure you get your fresh greens and essential food groups are in your diet. You might be aware that these everyday foods: broccoli, tomatoes, and flaxseeds are beneficial and are cancer-fighting foods. But did you know that there are more hidden, less stereotypical foods that are also used for an additional anticancer boost?
Research has found that there are fucoidans found in seaweed that have shown to hold antitumor activity against some types of cancer. For example: “lung cancer, melanoma, lymphoma, and breast cancer.” If you fancy trying some seaweed, ensure you choose where you source it from carefully. This is due to, like fish, seaweed having the ability to soak up bad toxins, such as heavy metals, from the seawater.
When you think of turmeric, you might think of a delicious curry or using it in a smoothie as a brain booster. However, it does so much more. With its main compound being curcumin, it has highlighted the potential to fight against certain cancers. Within the medical journal Precision Oncology, researchers acknowledge “that curcumin starved and shrank prostate cancer tumours.” Other research studies have provided information that curcumin could also potentially help “reduce colon cancer risk”.
Ginger isn’t just an ingredient for a stir fry or delicious marinade, it has been found to hold many natural compounds such as gingerol, paradol, shogaol, and zerumbone. Having these compounds could suggest its anticancer potential. Furthermore, the International Journal of Preventive Medicine documented research that suggests ginger to potentially help control breast, colorectal, gastric, liver, prostate, and skin cancers.
No, dandelion greens aren’t just for your guinea pig and rabbits, you can have them too. From research, it has been found they also hold anticancer compounds such as “alpha-carotene, alpha-lipoic acid, beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin.” Additional research also found the dandelion leaf to help decrease the growth of cancerous cells, including breast cancer. As well as stopping prostate cancer cells from further invading healthy cells.
Everyone loves a little bit of parsley, and if you don’t, maybe you should learn to. The Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture has illustrated that parsley acts as an antioxidant. Moreover, it has been found to “destroy free radicals before they harm cells”, and protect DNA from potential damage from cancerous cells as well as other diseases.
After learning about the secrets of these foods, will you be altering your eating habits?