Here are some specific foods that can protect us against cancer:
Dark chocolate that is made up of over 70% cocoa contains procyanidin, an antioxidant compound.
Although scientists have only recently started looking at how cocoa affects cancer they have made some notable observations. Procyanidin molecules were found to slow down prostate cancer in rats and breast cancer progression in lab cultures.
Chocolate drinks are the best way of getting procyanidins into our system. Milk had been considered to block procyanidin but recent studies established that it just slows the compund’s uptake.
Blueberries, cranberries and blackberries all contain a particular antioxidant that prevents carcinogens, or cancer-causing substances, from connecting to our DNA. They also provide protection from gastrointestinal cancers.
Strawberries and raspberries may also be able to eliminate carcinogenic substances, as well as slow down tumor growth, as they contain ellagic acid.
Flaxseeds have been studied recently and were found to protect against prostate cancer, the most common cancer in British men.
Prostate cancer patients who ate three tablespoons (30g) of ground flaxseed every day for a month showed reduced cancer cell proliferation when compared with men who did not eat any flaxseeds. For maximum benefit the seeds should be ground into a fine powder so more nutrients can be absorbed by the body.
Sometimes referred to as legumes, beans contain plant chemicals like protease inhibitors, saponins and phytic acid that can contribute to cancer prevention. Some beans also have compounds in them that are similar to oestrogen and can prevent some forms of the disease, in particular prostate and breast cancer.
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