The most important strategy that you can use to cut your risk of cancer is without a doubt an anti-cancer diet.
While supplements and vitamins are a great way to get a healthy dose of cancer-fighting nutrients, whole foods are even better! Here are five everyday foods that can help block tumours.
Five whole foods that help fight cancer
Grains such as cereal, pasta, flour and pre-packaged bread are high in folic acid – one of the B vitamins that can lower your risk of colon cancer
and wards off birth defects.
Healthier grains to include in your diet include quinoa, barley, millet, brown rice, oats and buckwheat.
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Foods that are abundant in fibre, such as root vegetables, split peas, legumes, black beans and certain cereals, can help protect you against colon cancer
High-fibre foods are a fantastic choice at breakfast as they provide you with an energy boost. Try a high-fibre cereal or a bowl of oatmeal with almond milk, topped with fresh berries.
Tomatoes are chockfull of a carotenoid known as lycopene, which is especially beneficial to men as it may help lower risk of prostate cancer
– especially if the tomatoes are cooked instead of fresh.
Cooked tomatoes are delicious in recipes like roasted tomato soup and baked Parmesan tomatoes, while fresh tomatoes are great in a simple green salad or caprese stack.
Just like kale, spinach and tomatoes, carrots contain carotenoids – an essential antioxidant group that may help prevent a number of cancers, including rectal cancer.
Experiment with carrots in recipes like gingered carrot and kale ribbons, carrot and apple salad and roasted carrot, squash and sweet potato soup.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), you can slash your risk of stomach, colon and breast cancer
by simply adding a clove of fresh garlic to your meals every day.
Enjoy fresh garlic in Asian stir-fries, crushed on homemade garlic bread or in garlic-fried chicken.
If you aren’t already eating these five cancer-fighting foods on a daily basis, make sure you start straight away!