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March is Colorectal Awareness Month: Foods to help prevent and reverse it

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March is Colorectal Awareness Month and this is the perfect time to schedule a colonoscopy if you are 50+ or have a history of colorectal cancer in your family.

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Follow the Fight Colorectal Cancer’s “One Million Strong” event on Facebook. A post dated Feb. 26 announced that Craig Campbell, who has a hit single “Keep Them Kisses Comin’” is climbing the country charts, will perform on Monday, March 3 at the event. Continue the fight against colorectal cancer past the month of March. This is the perfect time to discover what foods, vitamins and other nutrients can help prevent the disease whether you have a family history of colorectal cancer or not.

Beans, lentils, and peas are high in folate, a B vitamin that protects cells from damage. These foods are some of the least expensive and easiest way to ensure that you eat the nutrients your body needs in order to prevent or even reverse disease. It is best to buy dried beans and cook them according to package directions rather than buying canned beans. When you prepare beans and legumes from dried product you also reduce the amount of sodium that you will find in canned products.

It is important to aim for a total consumption of 400mcg of folate per day. If you take a multi-vitamin you may already reach that daily requirement. But ensure you are receiving the folate you need by consuming whole grains, broccoli, spinach, kidney beans, black beans, chickpeas, lentils and other legumes. Dark leafy green vegetables also will help you provide your body with folate as well as other necessary nutrients to keep healthy.

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