There are  foods that can prevent or maybe even cure cancer.  The development of cancer, in particular, has been shown to be heavily influenced by your diet. Following  foods contains beneficial compounds that could help decrease the growth of cancer/ may lower your risk of cancer. Let’s check this out!


12  anticancer foods!


  •      Cabbages

FoodsCabbages (like bok choy, broccoli, cauliflower and brussels sprouts) contain sulforaphane and indole-3-carbinol, which are potent anticancer substances. These molecules can prevent precancerous cells from turning into real cancer cells. To prepare cabbage, steam briefly or stir-fry quickly with a little olive oil. Don’t boil them or you’ll destroy its anticancer properties.


  • Garlic, onions and leeks

Foods Garlic and leeks contain ally sulfides which promote cell death in colon, breast, lung and prostate cancer, as well as leukemia. To best release its anticancer ingredients, the garlic clove should be crushed and gently fried with a little oil. Garlic can also be eaten raw, and added to salads.



  • Green tea

Foods Green tea contains catechins, which can help retard tumor growth. It is also a powerful antioxidant that helps hasten the death of cancer cells. Drink two cups of green tea a day and drink within two hours of preparation.




  • Curry and turmeric

FoodsTurmeric and yellow curry are potent food ingredients to fight inflammation. In the laboratory, these substances enhance the effect of chemotherapy and also reduce tumor growth.




  • Ginger

FoodsGinger root has long been used in Asia to treat nausea, vomiting, cough, colds, headache, stomach ache and arthritis. Its pungent odor comes from gingerols and shogaols, which are likely responsible for its anti-nausea and anti-vomiting effects. Aside from these benefits, ginger also helps reduce inflammation and helps retard the creation of new blood vessels used by cancer cells.



  • Carotenoid-rich vegetable and fruits

Food Yellow-orange colored fruits and vegetables contain vitamin A and lycopene, which may prevent cancer. These healthy foods include carrots, sweet potatoes, squash, and tomatoes. In a six-year study on breast cancer patients, researchers found that those patients who ate more foods rich in carotenoids lived longer compared to those who ate less.




  • Tomatoes and tomato sauce


A study shows that eating tomato sauce (rich in lycopene) leads to longer life for men with prostate cancer. In order to release its lycopene, tomatoes should be cooked with a little olive oil. Ideally, we should consume at least ten tablespoons of tomato sauce a week or approximately 150 ml a week.



  • Soy

FoodSoy products, like tofu and miso soup, contain genistein, a substance that blocks the stimulation of cancer cells by the body’s estrogen and testosterone hormones. In a study of Asian women, those who consumed more soy since their teen years had fewer incidence of breast cancer. You may take tofu and veggie meat as an alternative source of protein to reduce your meat intake.



  • Shitake mushrooms

Food  Shitake mushrooms and other mushrooms contain polysaccharides and lentinian, which increase the activity of our immune cells. These protective cells kill off any cancer cell that wants to replicate and invade the body’s organs. The stronger your immune system, the lesser are your chances of getting sick. In Japan, cancer patients are encouraged to eat mushrooms to complement the effects of chemotherapy.


  • Oily fish


The Omega-3’s in oily fishes (like sardines, salmon and mackerel) help reduce inflammation and may retard cancer cell growth. Omega-3’s also reduce the spread of cancer. Some studies show that the more fish you consume, the lesser are your chances of getting some types of cancer.



  • Probiotics and yogurt

FoodOur intestines contain good bacteria, called lactobacillus, to help digestion and bowel movement. Probiotics, like yogurt, help increase these friendly bacteria and help inhibit the growth of colon cancer cells.




  • Berries


Strawberries, blueberries and cranberries contain ellagic acid and polyphenols. These substances help eliminate cancer substances in the body. Fresh berries are ideal but frozen berries have also similar beneficial effects.




To obtain the greatest benefit from these superfoods, try adding more of them to your diet. At the same time, reduce your intake of these “unhealthy” and possibly cancer-causing foods, especially the traditional Western fast-food diet of hamburgers, hotdogs, preserved meats and steaks. Have a healthy life!