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6 Very Healthy Common Foods (and Drinks)

January 6, 2014

With the advancements of knowledge sharing brought on by the Internet, we have more information regarding health and nutrition available to them than ever before.  This has become valuable to individuals who are interested in reducing their cancer risk  and also want to live a healthier life. When it comes to living a healthier life, the first step is almost always going to be evaluating what you eat and making better nutritional decisions.

If you’re looking to revamp your diet, here are five common foods and one drink that you should consider fitting into your menu:

  • Grapefruit – A truly succulent member of the list of cancer-fighting foods, grapefruits have long been associated with a healthy diet. Grapefruits are high in vitamin C. Diets high in Vitamin C have been linked in a number of studies to a reduced rate of cancer including stomach, esophageal, and colon cancers among others. 
  • Garlic – While many people know that garlic will repel vampires, it’s also a great food to improve your overall health  In some studies, garlic has been shown to have properties that not only stimulate the body’s immune system in the fight against disease, but also can potentially shrink tumors. The reason for this is the sulfur compounds that occur naturally in garlic.
  • Broccoli –  Think twice the next time you turn down a plate of broccoli. Like many foods, broccoli is full of phytonutrients which are chemical compounds that are completely natural and just as important as the more commonly known “vitamins and minerals” in today’s average diet. Broccoli has phytonutrients called glucosinolates. These can prevent some carcinogens from metabolizing and help the body produce more enzymes that can detoxify the body.
  • Legumes – Also referred to as “dry beans and peas,” legumes are a great source  of nutrition. These little nuggets of healthy goodness contain lignans, saponins and antioxidants. They also have what is referred to as “resistant starch.” This kind of starch is not digested within the small intestine and has been shown to protect colon cells through the production of short-chain fatty acids.
  • Tomatoes – Tomatoes have an antioxidant known as lycopene that gives the fruit its color. There are some studies that show people with diets rich in tomatoes (and, consequently lycopene) tend to have a lower risk of certain strains of cancer including, but not limited to prostate, lung and stomach cancer.
  • Green Tea – Green tea has been linked to a number of health benefits including the improvement of brain function, better dental health and a higher metabolism. Since green tea is a wonderful source of powerful antioxidants (which are known to prevent the oxidative damage that contributes to cancer) it has been linked to lower risk levels of breast cancer, prostate cancer, and colorectal cancer among others.

Obviously, there is not an exhaustive list of foods that are available that can be a part of a cancer fighting diet and there are several great suggestions that can be accessed to build up your collection of healthy choices. With so many nutrient-rich foods available, the ability to eat well and lower your risk of cancer at the same time has never been easier. Ensuring that your diet is on-track, well-balanced and delicious is a great step in the right direction of cancer prevention.

If you want other ideas on developing your cancer prevention diet, you can start with the following resources:
http://www.helpguide.org/life/healthy_diet_cancer_prevention.htm
http://www.webmd.com/cancer/features/seven-easy-to-find-foods-that-may-help-fight-cancer