Cancer, one of the deadliest and most common diseases worldwide, is caused by out-of-control cell growth that has the potential to invade and spread to other parts of the body. As for what causes the abnormal cell growth in the first place, there are multiple potential causes:
- Smoking (tobacco use);
- Poor diet;
- Lack of physical activity;
- Certain infections;
- Exposure to radiation;
- Exposure to environmental pollutants.
As you can see, we can actually control quite a few factors from the list. And the best place to start is diet and lifestyle.
A healthy diet and regular physical activity are the best way to promote overall health and wellbeing. But to reduce your risk of getting cancer as much as possible, it’s a good idea to go a step further and include anti-cancer fighting foods into your diet every day.
Berries such as blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, goji berries and so on, are very high in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals which play a crucial role in cancer prevention. Easy to find, simple to include in everyday recipes, berries should be consumed as much as possible if one is serious about cancer prevention. In addition to this, berries are among the best anti-aging fruits.
2. Green and Black Tea, Coffee
Green and black tea are high in polyphenols and catechins, which are antioxidants that help protect cells against DNA damage. Several studies have shown that green tea can help decrease cancer risk and even inhibit tumor growth and metastasis. As for coffee, this popular beverage is also high in antioxidants, making it excellent for cancer-prevention.
This popular spice, used for centuries for not only its distinct taste but its medicinal properties too, has powerful anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties. Studies have shown that curcumin, present in turmeric, has the ability to inhibit cancer cell growth and fight various types of cancer. To consume more of this spice, add it to dishes such as veggie stir fries, eggs, or drink it (it must be combined with fat in order to be bioavailable).
4. Leafy Green Vegetables
Leafy greens of all kinds – kale, spinach, collard, Swiss chard, etc – are highly nutritious, rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants that help fight cancer. In addition, dark leafy greens also have antibacterial and antiviral properties, so they’re great for your overall health and immune system.
5. Omega-3 Fatty Acids
By now, everyone’s familiar with powerful health benefits of omega-3s: they’re essential for heart and brain health, the immune system, skin and hair, and overall health. But omega-3s also have anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have found that people who consume omega-3s regularly (either through diet or supplements) have a decreased risk of cancer. Omega-3s can be found in wild-caught, especially small fish.