5 natural foods with anti-cancer properties to prevent cancer  |  Photo Credit: Getty Images
New Delhi: Cancer is basically a disease where the cells of the body divide uncontrollably and start destroying body tissue. Cancer can affect any part of the body like the lungs, mouth, ovaries, breasts and others. The most common type of cancer among women is breast cancer, while lung cancer is the most common in men all around the world.
Prevention is better than cure, especially when it comes to cancer as cures for cancer are difficult and have fewer chances of being absolutely successful. Cancer prevention is to take measures to prevent the disease from affecting your body and following a healthy lifestyle, getting tested regularly, etc. Your diet can play a very important role in cancer prevention. The following foods are rich in antioxidants and have anti-cancer properties and can help you prevent cancer:
Broccoli contains sulforaphane, a plant compound. This compound is found in cruciferous vegetables and may have potent anticancer properties. Broccoli is otherwise also extremely healthy and can help keep diabetes at bay, your heart healthy and also aid weight loss. Broccoli can be eaten in salads, sandwiches, and even pasta!
Many studies have found that carrots can be linked to a lower risk of developing cancer. Carrots, like broccoli, are extremely healthy and nutritious. They contain vitamins and minerals that are great for the skin and eyes. You can eat carrots as a snack, or add them to salads or curry. The Indian dish Gajar ka halwa is also a great way to consume carrots, but you must use natural sweeteners in the dessert.
Berries are not just yummy but are also extremely healthy. Berries are very rich in antioxidants and are suggested to be consumed on a detox diet. Especially rich in anthocyanins, a plant protein with antioxidant properties, berries can help in preventing cancer.
Known for its benefits for menstruating women in soothing menstrual cramps and regularising periods, cinnamon is also helpful in preventing cancer. Cinnamon also helps reduce blood sugar and reduces and eases inflammation. Studies suggest that cinnamon has anti-cancer properties and can help restrict the growth of tumours.
One of the healthiest oils suggested for cooking for heart health, olive oil may also help prevent cancer. Olive oil is also a staple in the Mediterranean diet, the number one diet of the year. Regular consumption of olive oil may help prevent cancer. The oil can be used for cooking, drizzled over salads, or use in a marinade for meat, fish, etc.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a professional healthcare provider if you have any specific questions about any medical matter.