Top Cancer-Fighting Foods
Mounting evidence shows that the foods we eat weigh heavily in the war against cancer.
A separate study showed a link between consuming flavonoids and reducing the
risk of breast cancer. The study, analyzing the lifestyle habits of nearly
3,000 people, showed that postmenopausal women who got the most flavonoids were
46% less likely to develop breast cancer than those who got the least. However,
flavonoid consumption had no effect on breast cancer risk among premenopausal
How to Get It
Hot tea can be warming in the winter; ice tea offers cool refreshment in the
summer. So enjoy tea year-round to boost cancer prevention.
They may not have been your favorite as a kid, but cruciferous vegetables --
members of the cabbage family that include kale, turnip greens, cabbage,
cauliflower, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts -- can help you ward off cancer.
How They Work
In lab experiments, substances released during either cutting or chewing
cruciferous vegetables produced a cancer-killing effect.
Recent studies on cruciferous vegetables show promising results against
prostate and colon cancers. In mice grafted with human prostate tumors and then
treated with one of these cancer-killing substances, tumors began to shrink to
half their size after 31 days. In another experiment, mice engineered to be a
model for an inherited colon polyp condition that is at high risk for
developing into colon cancer were fed the antioxidant called sulforaphane, also
released when chewing cruciferous vegetables. The mice developed about half as
many polyps as expected.
How to Get Them
Swallowing them whole won't do. The protective effect of cruciferous
vegetables seems to occur when they are cut or chewed. They're great in stir
fry, as side dishes, or tossed into salads raw. Experiment with flavors like
lemon or garlic. "Vegetables can be a fabulous-tasting centerpiece of cuisine,"
By sprinkling curcumin into your favorite dishes, you could be adding much
more than a little zest to your meal -- you could add years to your life.
How It Works
Experts credit curcumin's anti-inflammatory effects for its ability
to fight cancer. "Most diseases are caused by chronic inflammation that
persists over long periods of time," says Bharat B. Aggarwal, PhD, a biochemist
at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. Recent studies have
shown curcumin to interfere with cell-signaling pathways, thereby suppressing
the transformation, proliferation, and invasion of cancerous