You’re sitting I’m your doctor’s office nervously waiting to be called. Your stomach is churning and it’s hard to breathe. Though you’ve only been waiting a few minutes it feels like years.
It all started when you felt a lump on your breast. Though it could be nothing, you also knew it’s a symptom of breast cancer.
Reluctantly you go to your doctor expecting to hear it’s nothing serious. But when your doctor tells you that a biopsy is needed, your heart sinks.
Now as you await those results you can’t help but think “What if it comes back positive?” The agonizing thoughts don’t end there. You think about the surgeries, the expensive medical bills, and the most frightening outcome, death.
Finally, your doctor calls you into the office. You hold your breath preparing for the worst. Once you receive the negative results, you breathe a sigh of relief. But what about next time?
Cancer is one of the most feared and common diseases in the world. According to the World Health Organization website, in 2015 this deadly illness took the lives of 8.8 million people.
Cancer is caused by the abnormal division of old or damaged cells. [i] These extra mass of cells are called tumors. By spreading to different parts of the body these tumors become malignant resulting in cancer[ii].
Research confirms that habits such as smoking cigarettes and overconsumption of alcohol can lead to cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute website, people who over-consume alcohol are at high risk of catching esophageal, breast, and liver cancer.
Another study published on the Center for Disease Control website, reports that cigarettes are linked to 80-90% of most lung cancers.
One of the most effective ways of reducing your chances of cancer is to eat the right foods. Fruits, vegetables, herbs, and spices all contain substances known as phytochemicals.
Phytochemicals are a substance that can protect cells from carcinogens (things that cause cancer). The 11 types of foods that fight cancer that is listed in this post all contain phytochemicals. Not only will these foods save your life but they’ll please your taste buds.
So if you’re want to reduce your risk of not only cancer but other diseases then read on.
If you eat this you’ll have better sex and a stronger immune system.
A meal without herbs or spices is like a beach without the ocean. Not only do spices greatly enhance the flavor of meals but they also have healing properties.
According to this study conducted at The Anderson Cancer Center, certain spices contain phytochemicals that have anticancer properties.
A more sensual benefit of spices is that they can take sex to mind-blowing levels.
According to this study published on the NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology) website, extracts of ginger was used to kill pancreatic cancer cells.
But that’s not where the benefit ends. Because it’s an aphrodisiac, ginger can turn an ordinary evening with your partner, into a night of thrilling and steamy sex.
Not only can ginger get you in the mood for sex but it can also increase blood flow to the penis.
Stronger blood flow usually leads to stronger and longer erections. This amazing benefit can also help those men suffering from impotence.
Fenugreek contains the phytochemical diosgenin. In a study published on the AACR website, diosgenin was shown to be able to kill cancer cells.
The remarkable thing about cloves is that it can both fight and prevent cancer.
As shown in this study published on the NCBI website, it prevents the disease by stopping cancer cells from growing.
It fights cancer by promoting cancer cell death. On the sexual sides, like ginger, cloves is an aphrodisiac and can also prolong male ejaculation.
In this article taken from the NCBI website, scientists used compounds derived from garlic to suppress breast cancer cells.
Studies prove that these juicy treats are devastating to cancer.
Fruits and berries are rich sources of phytochemicals. This is why they are being researched and studied by scientists.
One such study was to see the effect that freeze dried berries had on breast cancer cells. With rats as the test subjects, scientists proved that freeze dried berries can reduce breast cancer cells.
This study was published in an article published on the AICR (American Institute for Cancer Research) website,
Raspberries are a tasty way to help protect the body from cancer. According to this study, extracts from red raspberry can play a minor role in the death of cancer cells.
This enjoyable fruit also contains powerful chemopreventive properties.
A test published on the NCBI website showed that freeze-dried strawberries, used with other cancer medications, has reduced oral cancer in hamsters.
The WebMD website documents how a doctor used freeze-dried strawberries to reduce lesions in humans who had cancer of the esophagus.
8. Citrus fruits
According to this study printed in the 2013 Journal of Breast Cancer, consumption of citrus fruit reduces chances of breast cancer by 10%.
In addition, this study taken from the NCBI website proves that eating citrus fruits may reduce esophageal cancer by 37%.
I’m sure you’ve heard the term “An apple a day keeps the dentist away.” We’ll the same may go for cancer.
According to this Webmd.com article, “Apples contain an antioxidant called procyanidins which can trigger signals that result in cancer cell death.”
Another article posted on the Huffington Post website reports how quercetin, a substance found in apples, can kill cancer cells.
Scientists are now finding out the curative powers of this amazing morsel.
Remember how your parents used to make you eat your vegetables? That’s because they knew their nutritional value.
Sadly as adults, many of us have forgotten what our parents tried to teach us. We’ve reduced our consumption of veggies and increased our consumption of protein and refined carbohydrates.
However, without the essential phytochemicals contained in vegetables, we are susceptible to all kinds of diseases including cancer. Even though I have only listed two, more will be talked about in future posts.
Broccoli contains the phytochemical sulforaphane. Studies confirm that sulforaphane can induce apoptosis (programmed cell death) in cancer cells.
In an experiment conducted at the Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences in Malaysia; scientists used extracts of red spinach to kill cancerous cells in the liver and breast.
In another experiment, scientists used extracts from spinach to eliminate tumors.
How to reduce the odds of getting cancer while eliminating deadly addictions.
You’re sitting in your doctor’s office waiting for the results of your latest mammogram. Where before you were nervous, now you are calm and relaxed.
When you are handed a clean bill of health it comes as no surprise. Why? Because you’ve added 11 types of foods that are proven to fight cancer to your diet.
The foods listed on this blog are more effective combined than if used individually.
For breakfast, you can have grapefruit with oatmeal and raspberries. If you want to go light for lunch, sliced apples make a wonderful snack.
For dinner, broccoli or spinach would go great with roasted chicken. Season your meal with some garlic and chives and you have an edible shield against cancer.
As for smoking, If you’re having trouble quitting (which most people do), try taking up a productive hobby.
This will keep your mind distracted from the cravings. In addition, there are many support groups where you can find others that can relate to your problems.
If you must consume alcohol then consider drinking red wine. Red wine contains resveratrol which has anticancer properties[iii].
However, since alcohol is a carcinogen you shouldn’t drink any more than two glasses of red wine.
This post only scratched the surface of disease-fighting foods. As stated before more will be covered in the future.
But you still have enough information to get started. So remember this moment because this is the day that you decided to remain cancer free.
Your body and loved ones will thank you for it.