Cancers: 27 foods for cancer prevention

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As stated in recent days by Umberto Veronesi, one of the best ways to prevent cancer is to have a healthy and balanced diet. It would seem, in fact, that a third of people with cancer have contracted the disease for not having observed a completely healthy diet. The Cancer Cure Foundation, one of the best-known cancer organizations in the world, has decided to make a list of foods that help with prevention. The foods listed are 27 and range from the most diverse products, as if to mean that to keep this evil away, one of the secrets is to vary as much as possible what you put under your teeth.



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As stated in recent days by Umberto Veronesi, one of the best ways ever, for prevent cancer is to have a healthy and balanced diet. It would seem, in fact, that a third of people with cancer have contracted the disease for not having observed a completely healthy diet. The Cancer Cure Foundation, one of the best-known cancer organizations in the world, has decided to make a list of foods that help with prevention. THE there are 27 foods listed and they range from the most diverse products, as if to mean that to keep this evil away one of the secrets is to vary as much as possible what you put under your teeth.



Broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower

They have a chemical component called indole-3-carbinol that can fight breast cancer. In addition, broccoli also has sulforano fitocomico, a perfect ally for the prevention of colon or rectal cancer. Separate chapter about glucoraphanin. This substance helps inhibit the growth of tumors. The American Department of Agriculture has even studied 71 types of broccoli plants and deduced that the more bitter its taste, the more glucoraphanin is present in the food.

carrots

They help prevent a wide range of cancers, including: lungs, mouth, throat, stomach, intestines, bladder, prostate and breast. It must be said, however, that some researches have indicated a cause of cancer in beta-caroton (a substance present in the carrot), but these have not shown at all the relationship between the substance and the fact of eating carrots. To find a connection, you would have to ingest an amount equal to 2/3 kilos of carrots a day and it would seem decidedly impossible. The Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences (DIAS) has found another substance present capable of preventing it: the falcarinolo. This research studied the isolated cancer cells in contact with it. The result is to see how their growth takes place, in this way, much more slowly. In culinary terms, however, you should always avoid cooking carrots if you want this reaction to be present.

Mushrooms

They appear to help the body fight cancer and build an immune system. In fact, they contain a polyxacrylate called lentinan which is able to attack cancer cells, preventing them from multiplying.

Algae

They contain protein, vitamin B12, fiber, chlorophyll, as well as important fatty acids that can help in the fight against breast cancer. They also have a high concentration of minerals such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron and iodine.



Sweet potatoes

They contain anticancer properties that protect DNA from cancer-causing chemicals outside the nuclear membrane.

Avocadi

They are rich in glutathione, a powerful antioxidant that attacks free radicals in the body by blocking the intestinal absorption of fats. They are also more potassium-laden than bananas and also have a high percentage of beta-carotene. Several scientists believe that this fruit may be useful in the treatment of viral hepatitis (a cause of liver cancer).

Pepperoni Jalapenos

This pepper, originally from Mexico, but also widespread in Europe, contains a chemical substance - capsaicin - capable of neutralizing some substances that cause cancer.

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A study by researchers from the Tokyo University Institute of Physics and Chemistry has elected this fruit as one of the most effective in reducing the risk of cancer. In the United States of America, however, the Department of Agriculture has stated that by containing vitamins A and C, calcium, magnesium and potassium, it can reduce appetite and improve efforts to lose weight.

Grapefruits

Like all citrus fruits, they contain monoterpenes: a substance that helps prevent cancer by sweeping carcinogens out of the body. Some studies have shown that grapefruit can inhibit breast cancer cell proliferation. It also contains vitamin C, beta-carotene and folic acid.

Uve

They are strong sources of resveratrol a phenol that inhibits enzymes to stimulate the growth of cancer cells. They also contain ellagic acid, a compound that blocks the enzymes needed by cancer cells, slowing them down.

Oranges and lemons

They contain limonene, a stimulant that breaks down cancer-causing substances.


Papaya


Rich in vitamin C. This tropical fruit also contains folacin, a substance that has been shown to minimize cervical dysplasia and some cancers.

Raspberries

They contain many vitamins, plant compounds and antioxidants known as anthocyanins which can evade cancer formation. According to recent research, reported by Cancer Research, it has been claimed that black raspberries can fight colon and esophageal cancer.

Tomatoes

Containing lycopene, an antioxidant that attacks oxygen molecules or free radicals, it is an excellent vegetable for cancer prevention. It would also seem that the more it is grown in a warm climate, the more the percentage of lycopene present increases. Also rich in vitamin C.

Linen

Contains lignano, an antioxidant substance capable of blocking and suppressing cancerous changes in the body. Also rich in Omega 3 and fatty acids which help prevent colon cancer and heart disease

walnuts

They suppress the growth of tumors thanks to the high content of quercetin. One of its qualities, commonly called Brazil nut, containing selenium, is excellent for the prevention of prostate cancer.

garlic

It increases the activity of immune cells and helps break down substances that could cause cancer. A study done by the University of North Carolina reported that regular garlic users have a much lower percentage of stomach cancer risk. In fact, it is believed to have antibacterial effects against a bacterium called Helicobacter Pylori: a parasite of the stomach, the main cause of cancer in the organ.

Rosemary

Helps to increase the activity of detoxification enzymes. A rosemary extract, called carnosol, inhibits the development of breast and skin cancers.

Tapioca

This starch, derived from the tuber, is a plant that if taken from an early age can help the non-formation of melanomas. Its food use is mainly in the form of flour.

Turmeric

It is part of the family of ginger, and as for it, it is believed to have medicinal properties, inhibiting the production of inflammation related to the enzyme cyclo-oxygenase 2 (COX-2), the levels of which are normally elevated in some inflammatory diseases and cancers.

Red wine

Containing polyphenols it helps protect against infection of different types of cancer. Polyphenols are powerful antioxidants that help neutralize pathogenic free radicals. However, since alcohol is a carcinogen for many, many studies recommend the use of non-alcoholic wines.

Soy Products

Il soya milk or tofu contain different types of phytoestrogens. Estrogen, in general, prevents both breast and prostate disease by blocking and suppressing cancerous changes.

Green Tea and Black Tea

It contains antioxidants, some known as polyphenols (catechins), which appear to prevent cancer cells from dividing. The green tea is the best. According to a report in the July 2001 issue of the Journal of Cellular Biochemistry, the polyphenols that are abundant in green tea may protect against several types of cancers: stomach, lung, colon, rectum, liver, and pancreas.

Alessandro Ribadi

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