We all know that proper nutrition is an important part of our overall health. Over the past decade, a glut of information, myths and facts about foods that prevent or help fight cancer has been presented to the general public.
If you have ever been diagnosed with cancer, you certainly want to untangle the facts about cancer and nutrition. While much research is still being conducted, the American Institute for Cancer Research has release some great information about what foods can do for you.
Whether you are undergoing treatment for mesothelioma, are a longtime survivor of malignant melanoma or have recently been diagnosed with cancer of any type, consider these facts about the food you eat:
First, the AICR is quite clear that no single food is a cure for cancer by itself. A healthy diet rich in nutrient-pack fruits, vegetables and whole grains helps the foods work together against cancer. Several foods have gained national attention for their cancer-fighting benefits.
Below is a partial list of power foods. You can find more here, along with links to information about each food.
- Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables such as Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and cabbage provide vitamin C and manganese. Additionally, each individual vegetable provides an individual collection of vital nutrients for health and healing.
- Berries provide high quantities of vitamin C and fiber, important for keeping the body healthy and preventing cancer.
- Blueberries specifically contain powerful phytochemicals that make them super rich in healthy antioxidants.
- Grapes and Grape juice have been hailed for their healing properties for decades. They contain large quantities of resveratrol, a natural phytochemical that has been indicated in research studies to slow tumor growth in individuals with certain cancers and also to trigger the death of certain cancer cells.
If you are currently undergoing cancer treatment, check with your doctor before making major changes to your diet. Some doctors prescribe low-fiber diets for certain cancer patients, and you will want to be sure your diet abides by your doctor’s prescription. Juicing fruits and vegetables to get vital nutrients without the pulp and fiber content may present one good way to maintain your intake of healthy food while avoiding fiber.
Once you are declared cancer free, be sure to continue paying attention to your diet. Continuing to eat healthy helpings of nutrient-rich foods can lengthen your life.