In today’s world of processed foods and the ever-emerging debate regarding the safety of genetically modified organisms, the saying “you are what you eat” has perhaps never been more true. While much focus has been placed upon which foods are inherently bad for the body, comparatively little attention has been given to foods that can help prevent potentially deadly diseases. So, let us have a quick look at five foods that can help prevent cancer as well as a host of other ailments.
Organic Green Tea
This tea has been used for thousands of years in helping to treat a variety of ailments. Not only does green tea help fight against high blood sugar levels and cholesterol, but the antioxidants it contains help prevent damage to cells within the body. Therefore, it is one of the best foods to help prevent certain cancers such as those of the breast, kidney and liver.
Not only does garlic help drastically reduce serum levels of cholesterol within the blood, but if taken in its raw form it can help protect against damaging free radicals that are known to cause cancer. Garlic contains a chemical known as allicin that has actually been shown to inhibit the growth of tumours in a number of studies.
These foods include broccoli, cauliflower and brussel sprouts. These vegetables contain a substance called a phytonutrient that is thought to help prevent certain types of cancers. In particular, consumption of these vegetables can lead to lower incidences of breast cancer in women.
While the notion of gorging on a plate of brussel sprouts may not be altogether appealing, a few ounces of blueberries a day can be a tasty alternative. Blueberries contain a specific antioxidant called anthocyanin. These substances can help prevent the spread of cancers within the body as well as inhibit the formation of cancerous cells. Furthermore, blueberries are low on the glycemic index (they do not affect sugar levels in the blood as much as some other fruits); diabetics need not be concerned about increased blood sugar levels.
Not only do mushrooms help bolster the immune system, but they are also known to combat cancer. Organic mushrooms have been shown to inhibit the formation of malignant tumours and help moderate blood sugar levels which can also lower the risk of many types of cancer.
These five “power foods” are tasty, inexpensive and convenient ways to help win the battle against one of the most deadly and yet preventable diseases on the planet.
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