Did you know that 1 out of 3 people will die of cancer?  It is the second leading cause of death by disease in the US.  What can we do about it?  Eat healthy!  I personally have had family members die from cancer.  It is something to take seriously.  The next time you get ready to put something in your mouth ask yourself “will this nourish me?”

According to Drs. Richard Beliveau and Denis Gringas, authors of Foods That Fight Cancer: Preventing Cancer Through Diet, research suggests that specific food-borne bioactive molecules can do the following in terms of cancer prevention:

Decrease free-radical damage to DNA, which is known to produce cancerous mutations;

  • Strengthen immune system function, as various immune cells are known to destroy cancer cells (e.g., macrophages and killer-T cells);
  • Inhibit angiogenesis (growth of new blood vessels) of developing tumors;
  • Block key signal transduction pathways required for cancer cell replication;
  • Stimulate pathways that induce programmed cell death (known as apoptosis) of existing and emerging cancer cells;
  • Enhance detoxification, helping to neutralize and eliminate carcinogens in the body;
  • Promote cellular differentiation, which decreases the risk of healthy cells from becoming cancer cells;
  • Block the formation of dangerous nitrosamines (chemical compounds, some of which can cause cancer) in the body.

 Here are some key anti-cancer foods for daily use as suggested by these two leading cancer researchers:

 Brussels sprouts – ½ cup

  • Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage – ½ cup
  • Garlic – 2 cloves
  • Onions, shallots – ½ cup
  • Spinach, watercress – ½ cup
  • Soy (edamame, dry roasted beans) – ½ cup
  • Freshly ground flaxseeds – 1 tablespoon
  • Tomato paste – 1 tablespoon
  • Turmeric – 1 teaspoon
  • Black pepper – ½ teaspoon
  • Blueberries, raspberries, blackberries – ½ cup
  • Dried cranberries – ½ cup
  • Grapes – ½ cup
  • Dark chocolate (70 percent cacao) – 40 g
  • Citrus juice – ½ cup
  • Green tea – three 250 ml servings
  • Red wine – 1 glass (5 ounces)