The American Cancer Society says it is easier and more effective to prevent cancer than to treat it. What we eat can make a big difference in preventing cancer. So, chow down on these 5 foods that not only taste good, but do a body good too.

 

CRUCIFEROUS VEGGIES - Kale 

Cru whhhhaaaaatttt? Pronounced, cru-sif-er-ous, cruciferous veggies are things like cabbage, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, kale, cauliflower and bok choy to name a few. They’re high in phytochemicals and antioxidants that can reduce the risk of cervical, breast, gastric and prostate cancers. Not only do they help your body fight from the inside out, they pack a nutrient punch without increasing your belt size. They also have anti-inflammatory properties and are filled with fiber. Not sure where to start? Grub on this cancer fighting, cruciferous veggie salad.

 

2) Fatty fish and other sources of Omega-3s

The ACS says fish is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids. Studies in animals have found that these fatty acids may stop cancer from forming or slow its growth. While it is still unclear if they can affect cancer risk in humans, these fatty acids do reduce inflammation which is linked to cancer. If you don’t like fish dig into things like flaxseeds, green leafy veggies and olive oil to get your omega-3 fill.

 

3) Tomatoes

Love a juicy, rich tomato sauce on your pasta? Well, you’re in luck. Lycopene, the antioxidant that makes a tomato red, is a cancer fighter. It can help prevent the formation of certain cancers, lower your risk of heart disease and is naturally anti-inflammatory. Cook your tomatoes to release the lycopene, or use canned tomatoes which can have even high concentrations of lycopene than fresh ones. The more you know!

 

4) Green tea

The National Institute of Health says tea is another great way to fight free radicals in the body. It contains polyphenol compounds, particularly catechins, which are antioxidants that can fight off damaging free radicals. While we need more studies on the power of catechins to fight cancer, it can’t hurt to drink a cup or two of this tasty green beverage a day.

 

5) Beans and other high fiber foods

While we’re sure you probably don’t need yet another reason to get more fiber in your diet, we’re gonna go ahead and add cancer fighter to fiber’s list of positive attributes. Not only does it make you feel fuller for longer which can lead to weight loss, keep ya regular, and stabilize blood sugar, but the Cancer Treatment Centers of America say it can decrease your risk of breast, colon, esophagus, mouth, ovarian, pharynx, rectum, stomach and prostate cancers.

It can also reduce and/or absorb cancer causing toxins and prevent the binding of estrogen to estrogen-dependent tumors.

salmon and veggies and EVOO 

Creating a diet around these delicious and nutritious foods can help prevent cancer from forming. But diet only takes you so far. Don’t forget to move. Regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight is just as important. The American Cancer Society notes that as little as 1.5 to 2.5 hours of walking a week has been shown to reduce the risk of breast cancer. Make it your mission to come in and work out with us for at least 30 minutes a day, five times a week.