According to research from the National Cancer Institute, Cancer rates in the United States are slowly declining. But even with this decreased risk, experts say that over 38 percent of men and women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with Cancer at some point in their lifetime.
Though the risk of being diagnosed with the disease may seem overwhelming, experts believe that Americans can be proactive in fighting against Cancer by changing their eating habits and consuming more proven Cancer-fighting foods.
Dr. Richard Beliveau, Ph.D. and chair in the prevention and treatment of Cancer at the University of Québec at Montreal asserts, “All the studies on Cancer and nutrition point to eating plant-based foods for their phytonutrients and other special compounds.” He goes on to confirm that in the fight against Cancer, Americans should consume five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables daily.
Experts also have plenty of advice on which foods are the best for fighting Cancer before it begins.
First, according to Jed Fahey, ScD, broccoli contains a precursor for sulforaphane, a powerful compound that increases defensive enzymes and cleanses the body of known Cancer-causing substances. The sulforaphane, released when broccoli is chewed, chopped or crushed, can inhibit enzymes that support the growth of tumors in the body.
Next, Gary D. Stoner, professor of internal medicine at Ohio State University, confirms that black raspberries have particularly high concentrations of anthocyanins that have been proven to slow growth of pre-Cancerous cells and block formation of new blood vessels. Studies on the link between these berries and reduced risk of cancer are ongoing and extremely hopeful for humanity.
Finally, Dr. Beliveau found that tomatoes, rich with lycopene, can help stunt the growth of cancer cells in the body. In fact, according to the National Foundation for Cancer Research, tomatoes are also packed with important vitamins that may help with prevention of stomach, lung, and prostate cancers. The benefits of lycopene are best received in the human body with the addition of fats and oils, and the consumption of processed tomato products like ketchup, tomato paste and tomato sauce.
Dr. David Robert Grimes, Physicist and Cancer researcher at Oxford University, articulates that although good nutrition is important in Cancer health, the reality is that Cancer cannot be cured by diet alone, so if you are diagnosed with Cancer, you should seek out expert advice backed by clinical research.