The National Cancer Institute maintains that nearly one-third of all cancer deaths may be diet related. Simply put, what you eat can put you at risk of cancer. At the same time, the right diet can also you help you battle or stave off cancer. Many of the common foods that are widely available contain cancer-fighting properties. Different foods contain different elements to keep off cancer. Hence it’s best to plan a diet with a variety of foods.
Here are some ways to adjust your dietan include these foods if you are undergoing cancer treatment:
Mustard greens, lettuce, kale, spinach from dark green leafy vegetables family have a lot of fibre, folate, and carotenoids which may help protect against cancer of the mouth, larynx, lung, skin, pancreas and stomach.
Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, bokchoy, and kale from the cabbage family may help your body defend against cancers such as colon, lung, breast and cervix.
Tomatoes whether due to the lycopene - that gives tomatoes the red color or something else isn't clear – are useful in reducing risk of several types of cancer including prostate cancer. Processed tomato products such as juice, sauce, or paste also enhance the cancer-fighting potential of the body.
Carrots contain much beta carotene. This may help cut risk for a wide range of cancers including stomach, intestine, prostate, bladder, lung, mouth, throat and breast. But eating too much of it can prove counterproductive as some research indicates beta carotene may actually cause cancer.
Eat fresh whole fruits in moderation is useful in fighting cancer. The fiber in the fruits is crucial for regulating blood sugar and ensuring normal bowel function. Prefer low sugar / low glycemicfruits. These are the sour fruits such as berries, kiwis, pomegranates. The fruits are high in super antioxidants which protectthe cell’s and the body’s genetic makeup, safeguarding the body from developing cancer.
When it comes to proteins it is important to choosethe healthier sources. Animal protein is a source of more toxic chemicals than plant proteins. If animal protein is your preferred mode, make sure you choose organic, grass fed (not grain fed) and hormone free animals. Grass fed animals are a source of healthy, anti-inflammatory and cancer inhibiting omega 3 fatty acids. Commercial grain-fed animals provide high amounts of pro-inflammatory omega 6 fatty acids.
Carbohydrates help our bodies, particularly the brain, function efficiently. Nutritious or healthy carbohydrates are found in fruits and fresh vegetables, nuts, seeds and whole, unprocessed grains. They provide energy, vitamins, minerals, water, among other necessary inputs to the body. They are also an important source of fibre, which helps balance blood-sugar levels and ensures steady functioning of the digestive system.
Lower intake of sub-nutritious carbohydrates which essentially means eliminating all white, refined breads and all refined and concentrated sugars (white sugar, candies and pastries) as also concentrated fruits (fruit juice). This can disturb the blood-sugar balance and create an environment in which cancer cells can thrive.