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JAN 17th 2014

10 Cancer Prevention Foods To Eat In 2014

JAN 17th 2014
10 Cancer Prevention Foods To Eat In 2014

What are your New Year’s Resolutions?

If you haven’t made any, it’s not too late to start! January is the perfect time to think about getting healthy for the new year – and to start eating foods that actively prevent cancer. Check out the tasty cancer prevention foods and tips below!

10 Cancer Fighting Foods for 2014

  1. Peanuts and peanut butter: Bring on the vitamin E! Cut back on your risk of liver, stomach, lung and colon cancers – just to name a few – with vitamin E-filled nutty snacks. Almonds and sunflower seeds help too!
  2. Grapefruit (And oranges, and lemons, and any other citrus fruit!): Cancer prevention research shows that the vitamin C in citrus helps reduce cancer-causing nitrogen compounds. That means less cervix, breast, colon, bladder, stomach and esophagus cancer.
  3. Berries: Raspberries, blueberries and cranberries are nature’s most powerful cancer prevention foods and miniature weapons against cancer. (Think hand grenades.) They contain cancer-fighting antioxidants called pterostilbenes – especially blueberries. In a recent cancer prevention study, lab animals that ate black raspberries had an 80 percent reduction in colon tumors. (It works for people, too!)
  4. Wild salmon: The vitamin D in wild salmon helps to guard you against breast and colon cancer. Getting vitamin D-fortified milk and yogurt is a great idea, too.
  5. Tea: Make a New Year’s resolution to be more proper and perfect – and sip the beverage that stops cancer dead in its tracks. Tea contains catechins that stop the growth of cancer cells and prevent mutations. In particular, green tea has been linked to lower risks of stomach, rectal and pancreatic cancers. So drink up!
  6. Cruciferous vegetables: It’s a long word, but a short story for these cancer prevention foods. Broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage all contain vital phytonutrients that block carcinogens.
  7. Pomegranates: Don’t let that decadent taste fool you. Pomegranates are bursting with ellagic acid, a compound that deactivates carcinogens and slows down tumor growth. (They’re also an aphrodisiac, but that’s another story.)
  8. Sweet potatoes: Ever wondered what makes the sweet potato orange? It’s beta-carotene, an antioxidant that reduces the risk of stomach, lung and colon cancer. It also helps to prevent breast cancer in premenopausal women. Bring on the yams!
  9. Ground flax seed: Stay with us on this one. Flax seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which may help reduce cellular mutations. If you grind them up and sprinkle them on yogurt or a smoothie, you’ll hardly know they’re there.
  10. Turmeric: That’s the spice that makes curry powder yellow. It’s also an antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory agent that can help prevent lung, liver, breast and colon cancer. Spice up your chicken and fight cancer at the same time. It’s a win-win.

Looking for more healthy ideas for your diet this year? Click here to read about more cancer prevention foods.

Talk to us in the comments! What are your New Year’s resolutions for getting and staying healthy in 2014?