Studies have found that eating plant-based foods is beneficial for those suffering from cancer. Look no further than your own kitchen for the following superfoods that help to fight cancer.
Cabbage, cauliflower, and kale all have cancer-fighting properties but broccoli is the only one that contains a large amount of sulforaphane. This chemical rids the body of toxins and boosts protective enzymes. It helps to fight lung, prostate, skin, breast, bladder, stomach and liver cancers.
The phytosterols in walnuts appear to slow down the growth of breasts cancer cells. They do this by blocking the estrogen receptors in the cells. Walnuts help to fight breast and prostate cancers and an ounce a day has been found to be optimal.
The red hue of tomatoes comes from a carotenoid called lycopene. Lycopene has been found in studies to stop cell growth of endometrial cancer. Tomatoes are the best source of lycopene and the most benefit comes from cooked tomatoes. Tomatoes help to fight stomach, lung, prostate and endometrial cancers.
The phytonutrients in berries have cancer-fighting properties. Black raspberries contain high amounts of phytochemicals which slow down pre-cancerous cell growth and prevent new blood vessels from forming that feed cancerous cells. Berries help to fight oral, esophageal, skin and colon cancers.
Navy and black beans have been shown to reduce the incidence of colon cancer in rats. A diet rich in legumes increases the fatty acid called butyrate. In high concentrations, this protects against growth of cancerous cells in breast and colon cancers.