Eating 1 Cup of Broccoli a Day Will keep the Cancer Cells Away!
Cancer cells are growing in our healthy body. In fact, we have more than 3000 cancer cells controlled by the immune system every day. So the right questions to ask are: “why aren’t all of us facing cancer?” And how (if at all) can we prevent it.
Are our genes to blame? Is it our DNA bio-repair mechanism that is not in place? Is it the anticancer mechanisms of the intracellular and intercellular cells? Or is it the over stressed culture factors that contribute to the rising number of people and children in our society dealing with cancer?
Regardless of the cause, nutrition plays a huge role in feeding the cancer cells (if you choose to eat the wrong foods). On the other hand, it can be healing and supportive of our immune system, helping to fight our daily cancer cells before they get out of control, while on and after treatment (chemotherapy and radiation).
So what are the major anti-cancer compounds in foods you want to consume on your daily routine?
Healthy daily foods
- Eat more garlic, onion, and leek – The allium family contains sulfur which supports cancer preventive mechanisms such as mutagenesis, DNA adduct formation, and free radical scavenging.
- Eat more broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and Kale – a super power source of sulforaphane and indole-3-carbinol (I3C). The high levels of glucosinolate content in this group of vegetables are supporting glucosinolate metabolism, steroid hormone metabolism, regulate estrogen receptors response and stabilize cellular proliferation.
- Eat more chili peppers, Jalapeños, and red pepper – a great source of capsaicin. An essential anti- proliferative effect on prostate cancer cells, including apoptosis. Inhibit the NF-k activation cells.
- Eat more carrots, pumpkin, tomatoes, citrus fruits and winter squash – a great source of carotenoids (alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein, cryptoxanthin, and zeaxanthin). A great source of antioxidant effects which reduce our daily free radical rate of cells, and therefore serve as anticancer protection.
Obviously, our bodies are much more complex. Keep in mind the above-suggested list is limited, and there are many more spices, herbs, fats, proteins, carbohydrate grains, vitamins and minerals that need to be added to your diet to balance and enhance the immune system. Though feeding your cells the right food that nourishes you, your lifestyle, and your genetics may reduce the cancer risk.