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Powerful Foods to Prevent and Fight Different Kinds of Cancer
Toxicologist Herbert Pierson, Ph.D. is a cancer expert formerly with the National Cancer Institute (NCI). He suggests that people eat citrus fruit like oranges, grapefruits, lemons and limes to prevent and fight cancer.
Citrus fruits possess 58 known anticancer phytochemicals, more than any other food. For the best digestion, eat fruits on an empty stomach, 15 minutes before eating other foods. Citrus fruits also have a lot of vitamin C.
Foods that prevent cancer also fight cancer. This was written April 23, 2012. Links below are in blue. You can click the FILE button and click OPEN IN NEW WINDOW before clicking on a link if your computer has lots of memory.
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Studies show that what you eat can have a profound effect on your health, immune system and your ability to prevent and fight cancer. Also see my article about Great Foods That Fight Cancer to fight all kinds of cancer in general since I will not be repeating them here.
This article has a link to a webinar from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) that tells how effective the phytochemical in turmeric, known as curcumin, is at fighting cancer.
This will list the best foods for fighting different kinds or types of cancer
Also see my article about Cancer and Power of Vitamin D. Foods are not a good source of vitamin D since it is really a steroid hormone. The body cannot make a vitamin, by definition. The body can make more than enough vitamin D from strong enough sunlight. You cannot get too much vitamin D from sunlight so by making more than enough, your body will always have the perfect amount to use. Otherwise you can get it from supplements but there is a chance of getting too much vitamin D from supplements but that is rare.
You can also read my article about the Many Benefits of Sunbathing or Sunlight. This goes into the extra benefits of sunlight and tells more about getting vitamin D from sunlight and using the UV index to determine if you can get vitamin D from the sun. In Boston there are 3 months of the year where you cannot get any vitamin D from sunlight.
Moores Cancer Center proposes that cancer is a vitamin D deficiency or insufficiency. Doctor of Public Health, Cedric Garland, says that enough vitamin D will virtually eradicate breast cancer. With the information in these articles, you will have a great deal of power in preventing or fighting cancer. Since the stomach can only hold so much the more animal foods you consume, the less room that you have for plant foods.
Plant foods like fruits and vegetables contain fiber and prevent cancer. Animal foods have no fiber and some studies show that they promote cancer. Some things for one kind of cancer are not explained in other areas so for the full information on any one kind of cancer, read this entire article.
Best Foods to Fight Breast Cancer
Breast cancer is hormone dependent just like uterine and ovarian cancers. Eat cabbage and other cabbage family or cruciferous vegetables. Besides their ability to fight all types of cancer (in my other article), they help speed the removal of estrogen from the body so there is less to feed the cancer.
Wheat fiber or wheat bran that is in whole wheat can suppress the blood estrogen levels even better than a low fat diet. Whole wheat is a whole grain and I have an article about eating whole grains. In animals a low-fat, high-wheat fiber diet cuts the incidence of breast cancers in half.
Eat different beans since they have contain several anticancer compounds and they contain phytoestrogens that help to block the activity of cancer-promoting estrogen. Foods from the sea can help block breast cancer. Seaweed like kelp is high in iodine and some experts feel that a lot of the cancer in America is due to a lack of iodine in the body.
Eating tomatoes is a powerful way to prevent any cancer due to the lycopene in tomatoes. This phytochemical is also in red grapefruit and watermelon. Watermelon has more lycopene than any food including tomatoes. Lycopene is also great for cardiovscular health. Watermelons also have amino acids in them that lower high blood pressure so take advantage of getting them while the weather is warm. I have an article about the Health Benefits of Eating Watermelon.
Best Foods to Fight Colon Cancer
Fiber is indigestible but it is in plant foods and it greatly helps the colon to work and be healthy. So foods with fiber like all unprocessed plant foods are great at fighting colon cancer. A study shows that eating wheat bran reduces the polyps in the colon. In my article about whole grains healthier than refined grains, it has a colonoscopy where they find a polyp in the colon of Dr Oz. Analysis showed that it was the type of polyp that usually becomes cancerous.
Food from the sea also helps to fight colon cancer. Cabbage and other foods in this family also help. See section on breast cancer for more on this. A six-year Harvard study with 90,000 women showed that no amount of red meat was good when it came to colon cancer. The people who ate it everyday were 250% more likely to get colon cancer than those that ate red meat less than once a month. Those eating it once a week were 40% more likely to get colon cancer than those eating less than once a month.
Anticancer:A New Way of Life by a medical doctor
Best Foods to Fight Lung Cancer
Of course it is much better not to smoke but eating a lot of fruits and vegetables makes a huge difference even if you still smoke. The beta-carotene in carrots, sweet potatoes and dark green vegetables makes a very big difference in the risk of getting lung cancer. Eating a carrot twice a week can decrease your risk of getting lung cancer by 60%.
The folate in green vegetables also has a powerful effect on fighting cancer. Eating tomatoes and cabbage family vegetables make a big difference. For more on this see section on breast cancer. Drinking green tea or to a lesser extent black tea will help prevent lung cancer. For more on that see my article about Great Foods that Fight Cancer.
Foods that Prevent Prostate Cancer
The most powerful foods to prevent prostate cancer are the ones that are good at fighting all the cancers like garlic, Brussels sprouts, scallions, leeks, broccoli, cauliflower, savoy cabbage, onions, cabbage, kale, beets and celery. In a study people who drank 2 glasses a milk a day had twice the risk of getting prostate cancer as those drinking one glass of milk a day. Also the people who live closer to the equator have a lower chance of getting it so vitamin D from sunlight makes the biggest difference.
Foods That Fight Pancreatic Cancer
Now this is the cancer that Steve Jobs died of. It sounds like he had the diet part right but I do not know if he was getting enough sunlight or vitamin D supplement. Also stress is terrible and I read that Steve Jobs could get really mad at people and that is not good for health. Studies show that eating more fruit reduces pancreatic cancer, but eating more pork increases pancreatic cancer. See the article: Why Did the World's Richest Vegan, Steve Jobs, Get Cancer.
Once a day pork eaters increased chances of getting pancreatic cancer by 70% and eating it more than once a day triples your chances of getting it. Eating fruit twice a day gave you a 40% less chance of getting it than people eating fruit less than once a day. Fruits and vegetables do not squeal like a pig when you kill them. The phytochemical lycopene, that is in tomatoes, watermelon and red grapefruit (but not in red berries) makes a big difference in reducing pancreatic cancer. Eating beans more than once a week will help but eating grilled or fried meat will increase it.
Foods To Prevent Stomach Cancer and other Cancers
Raw vegetables appear to be the best foods for fighting stomach cancer. All the other animals eat all their food raw except baboons. Once I was watching some baboons when they thought that no one was looking and they were cooking food and eating it. Just kidding! That is humor therapy and that helps to fight cancer. Make sure to add Chinese cabbage to that since that is especially good, but I bet that regular cabbage would be the next best thing. Tea is good for this cancer also.
Deep fried food like egg rolls (spring rolls) are not good for your cardiovascular system but they have mostly Chinese cabbage in them, right? Plus they taste great. Also eat these pungent foods daily that are also good against all cancers-- onions, garlic or scallions. Salt increases stomach cancer. But I have other articles telling how it also causes people to get overweight and get high blood pressure leading to heart attacks and strokes. Instead of salt, use spices like tumeric, cayenne, ginger and others.
For skin cancer and also cancer in general increase your omega-3 fatty acids and decrease the omega-6 fatty acid from vegetable oils. Olive oil is good but does not affect the above since it is mostly omega-9 fatty acids.
For endometrial cancer, these foods are especially helpful-- carrots, spinach, broccoli, cantaloupe or lettuce. For preventing cervical cancer eat foods high in folate like greens and beans. Also eat foods high in lycopene. For laryngeal cancer eat foods high in beta-carotene like carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkins and greens. It helped ex-smokers but not current smokers.