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Cancer Fighting Foods

Updated on January 30, 2015

 What causes cancer?  Many people are of the belief that their genes pre-determine their risk of developing cancer.  They are partly right.  Genes do carry a certain amount of responsibility for the development of cancer but they are not the only determining factor.

We are finding out more and more that part of the cause lies at the door of free choice.  Nobody chooses to have cancer, they choose the lifestyle that encourages cancer to enter their body.  At least one-third of all cancers are linked directly to being overweight, eating the wrong foods, and getting little or no exercise.  Oh yes, and of course, smoking.

We may not be able to choose our gene pool but we can choose our lifestyle.  We can help oourselves lessen the change of cancer invading our bodies by making a few changes in our diets.  Eating 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day can help lower you risk of cancer by as much as 35%.  As little as 4 servings of whole grains per week can lower your risk by 34%  That amazing.  Add exercise to that and you can't help but lose weight.  When you eat healthy, exercise and keep a healthy weight you can't help but lower your risk of cancer and many other diseases.


Cancer Fighting Foods

The ideal cancer fighting food contains a larger amount of antioxidents. Antioxidents control the free radicals that are thought to cause cancer. Some of these foods are thought to prevent cancer and stop the growth of cancer cells.

  • Avocados - contain a powerful antioxident that fights fat absorption to the intestines caused by free radicals.They also contain substantial amounts of beta-carotene and potassium which may reduce certain types of cancers such as throat, mouth, lung, stomach, and bladder. (resource:National Cancer Institute)
  • Broccoli - contains an antioxident that is believed to help prevent colon and rectal cancer.
  • Cabbage - contains indole-3-carbinol that is thought to help fight breast cancer.
  • Carrots - contains an abundance of beta carotene. Beta Carotene is thought to help fight prostate, breast, bladder, intestine, stomach, mouth and throat cancer.
  • Chili and jalapeno peppers - they both contain capsaicin which helps to neutralize some of the cancer causing sub stances and helps prevent stomach cancer.
  • Citrus fruits - they help prevent cancer by flushing the carcinogens that are responsible for the development of cancerous cells.
  • Flax - high in omega-3 fatty acids which helps in the fight against colon cancer.
  • Garlic - contains allium compounds which increase the activity of immune cells that fight cancer. They also help to indirectly break down cancer causing substances.
  • Grapes - Red grapes contains powerful antioxidents called bioflavonoids which are thought to work as cancer preventatives.
  • Kale - contains phytochemicals which are thought to suppress tumor growth and block cancer causing substances.
  • Mushrooms - Some mushrooms (Shiitake, Coriolue Versicolor, Agaricus blazel murill, maitake, and reishi) contain lectin, a protein which fights cancerous cells and help prevent them from multiplying.
  • Seaweed - contains fatty acids that may help fight breast cancer.
  • Sweet Potatoes - contains beta-carotene which may help protect the DNA in the cell nucleus form cancer causing chemicals.

Chicken Breasts with Garlic Sauce


2 tbsp olive oil

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts halves

8 tsp pre-minced garlic

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar (white)

1 3/4 cups chicken broth


Heat olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat.

Add chicken and cook until browned on both sides.

Remove chicken from pan.

Add garlic to oil and sauté until it begins to brown.

Add balsamic vinegar and simmer for 3 minutes, stirring.

Add chicken broth and chicken breasts and simmer until chicken is cooked through, between 5 to 10 minutes.

Serves 4

A Rainbow of Fruits and Vegetables
A Rainbow of Fruits and Vegetables

Broccoli Salad


1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

2 tbsp spicy brown mustard

2 tbsp clover honey

1/2 tsp crazy mixed up salt

2 tbsp flaxseed oil

2 tbsp extra-virgin olice oil

2 heads broccoli

1 small red onion, cut into thin slices

1 red or yellow sweet pepper, cut into thin slices

1/2 cup toasted almonds, chopped

1/2 cup dried cranberries

4 oz crumbled feta cheese


Whisk together vinegar, mustard, honey, crazy mixed-up salt, flaxseed oil, and olive oil until weel blended and set aside.

Cut broccoli florerts from broccoli bunch stems and place in vinaigrette.

Trim, peel and shred stalks, either by hand or food processor.

Add onion, pepper, almonds and cranberries and toss to coat with vinaigrette.

Top with crumbled feat cheese.

Serves 6

A Rainbow of Vegetables and Fruits
A Rainbow of Vegetables and Fruits

Berry Cream Cups


1 (4 serving size) pkg sugar free fruit flavored gelatin

1 cup boiling water

2 tsp lemon or lime juice

Grated orange rind from small orange

3/4 cup frozen mixed berries, partially thawed

1 cup heavy cream

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp Splenda or equavilent of other sugar substitute

Blend gelatin, boiling water, lemon juice, and orange rind for 14 to 15 seconds.

Add berries and blend just long enough to blend berries.

Place blender container and contents into refrigerator until mixtures begins to thicken.

Add 3/4 cup cream and blend for about 15 seconds.

Pour into dessert cups and place in refrigerator.

Whip together remaining 1/4 cup cream, vanilla yogurt, and splenda.

Top berry mixture with yogurt mixture and serve.

5 servings


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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thank you Balinese, I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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      Balinese 6 years ago from Ireland

      Thank you so much for your information - great and well noted

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      tebo, most of us could do better in the veg and fruit department. Thanks for the comment.

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      tebo 6 years ago from New Zealand

      Great hub. Recipes look lovely too. The colours are beautiful in the salad. I try to eat lots of fruit and veg, but could always do better.

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      acaetnna, it's true, we must pay attention to what we put in our mouths. Nutrition, good or bad, rules the body.

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      acaetnna 6 years ago from Guildford

      Great information. Great nutrition is paramount these days and I shall heed your advice. Thank you so much.

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Om, I'm not a real big fan of kale but I have learned to eat it. The berry cup is delicious. Thanks for the visit.

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      dahoglund, I knew you had survivor instincts. I could tell by your writing. I'm sorry about your bouts with cancer but glad to learn how much of a fighter you are. I wish you continued luck. Thanks for the comment.

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      You're quite welcome ebookshack. I think anything we can do to fight cancer is a good thing. It's such a devasting disease.

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Pamela99, thanks for the rating. I liked the look of the salad also, it's so colorful. It's not only healthier but it seems tastier to eat more colorful.

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks, Prasetio. Cancer is something I wouldn't wish on anyone. So, anything that helps fight it is ok with me.

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      Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago

      Very interesting and informative. I like everything on that list, except kale! And thanks for the recipes. The berry cream cups sound divine. :)

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      Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Good general nutrition and health habits are always a plus.Despite having cancer twice I am still hanging in. I try to absorb good ideas such as these.

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      Melanie Bremner 6 years ago from Canada

      This is excellent information and I have bookmarked it for reading again. I know I need to get eating more of these foods. As a survivor of skin cancer myself and my husband having had cancer as well, we are always looking for ways to make sure it does not comer back and try to take us again.

      Thanks for sharing this.

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      This is excellent information. I love the picture of that salad. I know that I look for the more colorful food at the grocery store now as it is usually the food that has the most antioxidants but it is great to have the list in your hub. Voted/rated awesome.

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Nice information. I really care with everything related with cancer. You describe this well. Thanks for writing this and share with us. You got my vote again and again. I'll press all button here. God bless you!