Tuesday, May 27, 2014 | by Margaret Noirjean
One of three cancers can be prevented by exercising, keeping a healthy weight and eating right. Here are some of the most potent superfoods and drinks:
Apples contain flavonoids and phenolic acids. Together they may protect against damage to cells that can trigger malignancies and may also prevent emerging cancer cells from dividing any further.
Nuts a serving a day helps ward off deaths from heart disease too.
Beans and lentils are loaded with fiber and antioxitants, phytochemicals and folate which protect colon cells while stimulating bowel function. Soybeans contain genistein that may be linked as a possible treatment for prostate, lung and colorectal cancer.
Tea and coffee: The antioxidants in coffee seem to be effective against endometrial cancer. Green tea seems protective against prostate cancer. Very hot beverages may increase the risk of esophageal cancer.
Curry contains curcumin which gives its yellow color and sizzle and can fight cancerous changes in healthy cells as well as slow the growth of malignant cells. There is some evidence that it may also offer protection against brain tumors.
Tomatoes teem with the antioxident lycopene and may block cancer by stopping malignant cells from multiplying and by causing them to destroy themselves. Lycopene is more easily available to the body in cooked tomato products like sauce.
Garlic and onions: compounds that give these strong flavor appear to stave off cancer by neutralizing carcinogenic substances and speeding the repair of damaged DNA. Garlic seems especially effective against digestive tract cancers.
Milk contains calcium that may neutralize potential carcinogens, particularly those found in processed meats. Milk drinkers are less likely to become obese.
Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables are packed with sulforaphane, another cancer fighting substance so potent that researchers are testing it as a drug.
Dark, leafy greens arugula, kale, spinach and romaine abound in antioxidants called carotenoids, which have been shown to inhibit the growth of cancer cells of the skin, lung, stomach and certain kinds of breast cancer. Spinach may even block carcinogens from cooked meat.
Red grapes and red wine are loaded with resveratrol which inhibits cancer cell growth and causes them to self-destruct. Resveratrol remains effective and even more powerful after it is metabolized by the body. The compound is found in peanuts, cranberries and blueberrie.
Whole grains are linked to a lower risk of colorectal cancer. Whole grains offer protection against other chronic conditions, including heart diseases and diabetes.
AARP The Magazine April – May 2014