The Top 5 Cancer Fighting Foods

Cancer fighting foods

1. Leafy Green Vegetables

Kale, Spinach, romaine, etc. are rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and enzymes, and are also very low in calories, fats, sodium and other toxins (when you purchase organic). They are loaded with antioxidants known to combat cancer, including vitamin C and beta-carotene (which is a type of Vitamin A).

These leafy greens also contain antibacterial and antiviral properties, inactivate carcinogens, help reprogram cancer cells to die off, and prevent tumor formation and metastasis.  You can add a handful of leafy greens to each meal or to get the best bang for your buck, juice your greens and drink throughout the day.

2. Cruciferous Vegetables

Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussel sprouts to name a few of the cruciferous veggies known to be some of the best vitamin C foods and powerful cancer killers available. Rich in isothiocyanates, these veggies are linked to cancer prevention.  Cabbage and broccoli house two strong antioxidants that protect the structure of our DNA.

For easy preparation, roast your cruciferous veggies and then add to salad, have as a side dish or add to soups and sauces.

3. Berries

Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, cherries and black berries are some of the easiest berries to find in farmer’s markets and the produce section of your local grocery store.  Berries are extremely high in antioxidants, some of the highest levels in the world.  The specific antioxidants found in berries have been observed to have anti-aging properties and are capable of lowering the damage caused by free radicals in our bodies.

High in vitamin C, vitamin A and gallic acid, a powerful antifungal/antiviral agent that increases immunity, berries are a wonderful addition to any meal or snack.  Use as a topper for salads, yogurt, pancakes, cereal or as part of a smoothie to get the major benefits berries offer.


4. Bright Orange-Colored Fruits and Veggies

Acorn squash, carrots, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, oranges, pumpkin are just a few examples of theses beta-carotene rich foods (an essential nutrient for immune functioning; detoxification; liver health; and fighting cancers of the skin, eyes and organs)

Llutein and zeaxanthin, which give these plants their bright hues, have been shown to help prevent disorders of the eye and skin. They act as antioxidants that filter harmful blue wavelengths of light, protecting our healthy cells in the process.  Additionally, the high fiber content of foods like sweet potatoes and carrots can help to lower or prevent certain cancers within the digestive tract.

5. Fresh Herbs and Spices

Using Ginger, raw garlic, thyme, oregano, basil, parsley, black pepper and turmeric in your cooking and/or smoothies can have a major immune boosting impact and aid your overall health.

Turmeric, with its active ingredient of curcumin, has been shown to decrease tumor size and fight colon and breast cancer.  Increase the absorption and anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric by adding black pepper in a 4:1 ratio (1 tsp of turmeric to 1/4 tsp of black pepper) daily.   Make a hot cup of “Golden Milk” by adding the turmeric and black pepper to warm almond or coconut milk with some raw honey or agave.

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