Many have begun to focus more energy on what they put into their bodies in an effort to lower the risk of developing illnesses such as cancer. Evidence is mounting to prove that the foods we eat play a major role in the fight. Most doctors now agree that eating a more plant-based diet, rich in cancer-fighting foods is the easiest (and least expensive) way to lower your risk.
There are also many findings proving that those who've already developed certain cancers can benefit. One study which focused on prostate cancer, showed that with phenethyl-ITC, or PEITC, a substance found in many vegetables, cancer cells in mice were killed off by a process known as apoptosis. After 31 days of being fed small amounts of PEITC, the tumors were about half the size of the mice who hadn't been treated.
Research also suggests an antioxidant rich diet and one low in fat are also crucial in staving off cancer and a host of other illnesses. Likewise, a high-fat diet, white sugar, and processed meats which are high in sodium-nitrates are said to cause certain types of cancer to grow. While many are still skeptical of the importance of diet in fighting disease, the research is well-documented and growing all the time. Some sources claim that close to ninety percent of cancers may be preventable by a healthy diet. PreventCancer.com, along with many other sites, now have lists of items to avoid to greatly lower your risk of cancers and other illnesses.
Here are five of the foods known to fight cancer and promote good health that you should be eating.