The American Cancer Society estimates that about 1.7 million people in the United States are living with some type of cancer. While most chemotherapeutic agents are toxic to our cellular wellbeing, evidence-based food therapies show advanced promise for selectively killing cancer cells without damaging healthy tissues.
Cancer fighting foods have been shown to prevent and stop cancer in its tracks. Want to up your anti-cancer game and try a new variety of foods for the New Year? Here are my favorite, well-researched foods to prevent cancer.
Brassicas defeat cancer cells without harming the body
Red frill: One of the spiciest mustard greens you’ll taste, this brassica’s robust flavor boasts two essential cancer-fighting compounds, sinigrin and gluconasturtian.
In a study featured in the Oxford Journal, Carcinogenesis, researchers demonstrated that sinigrin had powerful effects against bladder cancer tumors. In another similar study, sinigrin was shown to inhibit the proliferation of liver cancer cells. Try adding red frill to a salad or lightly steam, then add organic olive oil and fresh garlic. (yummy!)
Romanesco: This fractal-shaped brassica contains DIM or di-indolemethane and sulphrafane, two anticancer compounds that have been shown to assist in preventing and fighting estrogen-driven cancers. In a recent study on the biological effects of phytomedicines, DIM was shown to selectively inhibit cancerous stem cells.
The study went on to report that DIM helps overcome chemoresistance of cancer stem cells to cytotoxics and was effective when used alone or in combination with other therapeutics. This beautiful Italian broccoli/cauliflower variety offers a nutty flavor and pairs well with healthy oils such as coconut, olive and ghee.
Blast away cancer cells by eating berries
Golden berries: An often overlooked cancer, golden berry showed promise killing atypical cells involved in oral cancer. Golden berries contain 4β-hydroxywithanolide E, the compound the study found to selectively and efficiently kill cancer cells. Golden berries can be eaten by the handful or added to salads and smoothies.
Superfood powders are great anticancer foods.
Cacao: The journal of Nutrition and Cancer recently reported that polyphenol-rich cacao should be on your colon-cancer prevention checklist. This Mayan superfood has been used for ages to promote longevity and enhance immunity and can easily be added to nearly any food in its powdered form.
Turmeric: Well tolerated in very high doses, countless studies highlight turmeric’s multi-faceted ability to effectively intermediate a wide range of cancers such as genitourinary, gastrointestinal, gynecological, hematological, pulmonary, thymic, brain and breast. Turmeric can be added to your regular juicing routine, smoothies, fish dishes and to any vegetable dish.
Are you ready to build the anticancer ‘living kitchen’?
Hundreds of studies have now demonstrated the preventive and healing properties nature’s superfoods offer us. We now know that these foods not only offer nutritive properties, but detoxify the body of cancer-causing agents.
So, learn how to create your very own ‘Living Kitchen‘ and fill it with whole superfoods – as a solid anticancer strategy against the carcinogens we’re exposed to environmentally every day. Invest in a good juicer and blender; clean out and organize your kitchen to make it enjoyable to prepare food and get the best quality ingredients possible.
Don’t wait for tomorrow, get started today.
About the author: Christine M. Dionese L.Ac, MSTOM is an integrative health expert, medical journalist and food writer. She’s dedicated her career to helping others understand the science of happiness and its powerful effects on everyday human health. Christine practices, writes and speaks on environmental functional medicine, personalized medicine and epigenetics, food science and sustainable living.