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Research has shown that focusing on a plant-based diet is best for fighting cancer. The less processed these foods are, the better. When you add veggies to any sandwich or snack on fresh veggies with hummus, your body will thank you....
Foods that fight cancer: Part 2 by Stephanie Fries

Vegetables: Potent Plants

Research has shown that focusing on a plant-based diet is best for fighting cancer. The less processed these foods are, the better. When you add veggies to any sandwich or snack on fresh veggies with hummus, your body will thank you.

Some of the best cancer-fighting vegetables include:

Dark, leafy greens. They are a source of antioxidants call carotenoids. These help remove dangerous free radicals from the body before they can promote cancer growth.

Tomatoes contain lycopene, which is most easily absorbed from cooked tomatoes and has been shown to prevent prostate cancer and cancer of the breast, lung and stomach. Many mushrooms contain compounds that can help the body fight cancer and build the immune system.

Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and brussels sprouts contain strong antioxidants that help decrease cancer risk.

Kale has risk-lowering benefits for a few types of cancer: bladder, breast, colon, ovary and prostate. Kale is now recognized as providing comprehensive support for the body’s detoxification system. Researchers can now identify over 45 different flavonoids in kale. With kaempferol and quercetin heading the list, kale’s flavonoids combine both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits in way that gives kale a leading dietary role with respect to avoidance of chronic inflammation .

Other vegetables with anti-cancer properties include onions, peppers, carrots, celery, cilantro and parsley. Dr. Alice Chang, executive director of the Academy for Cancer Wellness in Tucson, AZ, suggests getting plenty of these vegetables in your diet.

One of my favorite dishes is Tomato and Cucumber Salad. In a medium bowl add:
  • 1 peeled and chopped cucumber
  • 3-4 tomatoes diced tomatoes
  • Juice of one fresh lime
  • 1/4 chopped fresh cilantro
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Mix and, if you can, let sit at least 30 minutes for flavors to blend.

Stephanie Fries is a radio announcer and producer, serving as a program host and doing voiceover projects and commercials for radio stations in Tucson, AZ for over 25 years.