Did you know that certain foods have proven cancer fighting properties? Some work before the cancer even starts, others may help you to fight off cancer once it starts (not that you should only treat cancer with food!)
Cancer has dozens of different causes from radiation to viruses. However, the general mechanism of cancer is that the normal cells in your body or organ start to divide without stopping, forming a tumor.
Tumors can be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). The cancerous tumor can then metastasize. That means that cancerous cells break off and float around looking for a new body part to settle in.
Check out these seven foods that can help you in the cancer fight.
1. Cruciferous Vegetables (Broccoli)
Cruciferous vegetables (cabbage, Brussel sprouts, turnips, etc.) have a lot of great health benefits. They are rich in vitamin C, E, B9, and K, carotenoids, and minerals. They can lower your risk of heart related conditions.
In particular, broccoli contains sulforaphane. This compound has shown great potential in the lab at reducing the size of breast and prostate cancer cells and are linked to a reduction in colorectal and colon cancer.
Eat it raw or steamed for maximum benefit.