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    Other Vitamins and Minerals

    Calcium and Vitamin D. Some recent studies have suggested that these two substances may not only strengthen bones, but may help fight off colon, breast, and prostate cancers although other studies have not confirmed this; more research is needed. Good sources of calcium include: Milk, cheese, yogurt, salmon (with bones), sardines, and dark green leafy vegetables such as kale, mustard, and collard greens. Sources of Vitamin D include salmon, sardines, fortified cow's milk, egg yolks, and chicken livers.

    Fiber to Improve Overall Health

    Fiber has been thought to be a powerful weapon against cancer. Though there is conflicting research as to whether or not fiber has protective effects against colorectal cancer, there is evidence that fiber intake improves overall health.

    Good sources of fibers include: whole-grain cereals and breads, prunes, berries, kidney beans and other legumes, fresh fruits and vegetables, and brown rice. Fiber supplements can also help meet fiber needs if you aren’t getting enough through the foods you eat. Examples include psyllium and methylcellulose. Increase the amount of fiber you get from foods or supplements slowly to prevent prevent gas and cramping. It’s also important to drink plenty of fluids.

    Cancer-Fighting Phytochemicals

    Recently discovered to be helpful in the fight against cancer inlaboratory animals, phytochemicals are non-nutrient substances such a flavonoids, polyphenols, and terpenes which are found in a variety of plant foods including tomatoes, citrus fruits, berries, peppers, carrots, broccoli, cabbage, and soy beans.

    Healthy Eating Guidelines

    You can learn to eat a healthy, cancer-fighting diet by following these guidelines from the American Cancer Society:

    • Choose many of the foods you eat from plant sources.
    • Eat whole grains rather than refined whenever you can.
    • Limit your intake of red and processed meats.
    • Be physically active; achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
    • Limit consumption of alcoholic beverages.

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