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What happens when you hear the word “Cancer!”?
These statistics from Cancer Index have it that over 100,000 cases of cancer are discovered every year and in Nigeria alone, over 70,000 people die of cancer each year.
What does this mean?
Well, it means we need to become more aware of our lives, environment, body and most importantly, what we eat!
Yes! What we eat, can either make or break you. This is why you must focus on eating
While we can make a long list of what you should not eat, today, we will mot be dwelling on that, instead we want to draw your attention to some amazing foods, that you should eat to help you stay healthy and best of all, prevent cancer.
Let’s dive in.
Cancer Preventing Food #1: Walnut
Walnut is an amazing food. It is very nutritious and contains lots of antioxidants, minerals, and nutrients that effectively nourish the body.
Apart from being extremely good for the heart and also reducing the risk of diabetes, Walnuts have been shown to play a vital role in reducing the risks of prostate and breast cancer in humans.
Walnuts are an excellent source of antioxidants that can help fight oxidative damage in your body, including damage due to “bad” LDL cholesterol, which promotes atherosclerosis.Healthline
Cancer Preventing Food #2: Garlic & Onions
So you hate that “smelly garlic”? And also don’t like that bad-breadth onion especially when eaten raw.
Whatever the case may be, garlic and onions are your best friends.
Apart from giving cool flavors to dishes —and causing bad breath—these foods have some outstanding health benefits. A recent study in China showed that adults who ate high amounts of garlic and unions had a 79% lower risk of developing colorectal cancer than adults who consumed low amounts.
Lots of research have proven that onions and garlic are one of the best foods that can help you prevent cancer especially breast cancer in women.
So what are you waiting for? Don’t miss a day without eating garlic or onion. 🙂
Cancer Preventing Food #3: Carrot
This crunchy, tasty, highly nutritious and lovely carrot is your best friend.
It comes loaded with some amazing nutrients you don’t want to miss out on. Carrots contain very little fat and protein and they are a very good source of beta carotene, fiber, vitamin K1, potassium, and antioxidants.
Carrots also contain carotenoids; which are substances with powerful antioxidant activity that have been linked to improved immune function and reduced risk of many illnesses, including heart disease, various degenerative ailments, and certain types of cancer.
Diets rich in carotenoids help protect against several types of cancer. This includes prostate, colon, and stomach cancers
They’re a weight-loss-friendly food and have been linked to lower cholesterol levels and improved eye health.
Cancer Preventing Food #4: Beans
You probably didn’t know that your beloved beans have amazing health benefits that will really help you prevent cancer.
Beans are high in fiber, which may be protective against colorectal cancer. Human and animal studies have found that a higher intake of beans could reduce the risk of colorectal tumors and colon cancer.
Eating a few servings of beans every week will help to increase your fiber, and this will help to lower the risk of developing cancer.
Cancer Preventing Food #5: Tomatoes
This red juicy ball called tomato contains Lycopene. Lycopene is a special compound that is responsible for the vibrant red color and it is also the compound that powers up the anti-cancer property of tomatoes.
Studies have shown that an increased intake of lycopene and tomatoes has helped and will really lead to a reduced risk of prostate cancer.
To help increase your intake, include a serving or two of tomatoes in your diet each day by adding them to sandwiches, salads, fries or pasta dishes.
And remember to order fresh organic tomatoes directly from us.
Fresh Tomatoes (1kg)
A single tomato can provide about 40% of the daily recommended minimum of vitamin C. What’s more, tomatoes supply vitamin A, which supports immunity, vision, and skin health; vitamin K, which is good for your bones; and potassium, a key nutrient for heart function, muscle contractions, and maintaining a healthy blood pressure and fluid balance.
Cancer Preventing Food #6: Spinach
The Spinach (a.k.a Efo Tete) is already tasty delicious goodness. But it is also very delicious health-wise.
Spinach is rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, carotenoids that remove unstable molecules called free radicals from your body before they damage it.
They are good sources of antioxidants beta-carotene and lutein which helps in preventing cancer. The American Institute for Cancer Research has found that chemicals in these cancer-fighting foods limit the growth of some kinds of cancer cells.
They could protect against cancer of the mouth, esophagus, and stomach.
Need to buy african spinach? Then our african spinach will be your best friend. Our Fresh african spinach is directly from our farm. They are healthy, rich in fiber and many other nutrients.
The nutrition facts for 3.5 ounces (100 grams) of raw spinach are :
Cancer Preventing Food #7: Fruits & Vegetables
Studies suggest that people who eat meals that are rich in fruits and vegetables have a lower risk of cancer.
A variety of chemicals from plants known as phytochemicals also seem to protect cells from harmful compounds in food and in the environment, as well as prevent cell damage and mutations.
So always remember to enjoy a diet that could ward off cancer, but adding up a lot of fruits and vegetables to your meal regularly.
Fruits and Vegetables
There you have it, the seven superfoods that if you include in your diet, will reduce your chances of having cancer and boost your immune system too. Here is a quick round-up of all the foods.
- Garlic and Onions
- Fruits and vegetables
Don’t forget that you should enjoy the organic version of all these foods. Since, Organic foods have a lot more benefits than conventional foods.
Your diet is a very important factor and will have a major impact on your risk of cancer. An anti-cancer diet is an important strategy you can use to reduce your risk of cancer. So, Eat these superfoods and you will greatly reduce the risk of having any form of cancer.
As research and development continue, scientists and medical researchers are looking for more observational studies to understand how these foods directly deal with cancer.
However, it’s safe to say that a good diet and a healthy lifestyle will generally help you prevent all forms of cancer. After all, you are what you eat.
Cheers to Healthy Life!