Choose Cancer-Fighting Foods: there are many foods that maximize the strength of your immune system, as well as cancer-fighting foods. However, there is no single miracle food or ingredient that will protect you against cancer. Eating a colorful variety gives you the best protection.
- Boost your Anti-oxidants (beta-carotene, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Selenium): fruit and vegetables are the best sources of these
- Eat a wide range of brightly colored fruits and vegetables: these are rich in phytochemicals, a potent disease-fighting and immune-boosting nutrient. The greater the variety and colors that you include, the more you will benefit.
- Flavor with immune-boosting spices: garlic, ginger, curry, and turmeric are a great way to add flavor and add a cancer-fighting punch to meals.
- Top Cancer-Fighting Foods (from American Institute for Cancer Research): Beans (lentils, peas, soybeans), Berries, Cruciferous Vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussel sprouts, bok choy and kale), Dark Green Leafy Vegetables (spinach, kale, romaine lettuce, mustard or collard greens, chicory, and Swiss chard), Flaxseed, Garlic, Grapes and Grape Juice, Green Tea, Soy (soybeans, tofu, tempeh, miso), Tomatoes, Whole Grains
Prepare your food in healthy ways:
- Wash or peel your fruits and vegetables: will reduce pesticide residue
- Eat at least some raw fruits and vegetables: these have the highest amounts of vitamins/minerals
- When cooking vegetables, steam until just tender: overcooking will leach out vitamins/minerals
- Do not cook oils on high heat: bake, boil, steam, or broil rather than deep-frying or pan-frying.
- Go easy on the barbecue: burning or charring meats creates carcinogenic substances.
- Store oils in cool dark places in airtight containers: they quickly go rancid
- Avoid foods that look or smell moldy: they likely contain aflatoxin, a strong carcinogen. Nuts will stay fresh longer if kept in the fridge or freezer.
- Be careful what you put in the microwave: use waxed paper rather than plastic wrap. Never microwave your food in plastic containers.