To help you suss out the foods that can fight cancer, we look into how diet can affect your health so you can make the choices that are right for your body!
The American Institute for Cancer Research reports that the foods you eat can fight cancer both directly and indirectly. This means that some foods naturally keep your body healthy, which helps your immune system battle the development of cancer. At the same time, it also means that there are certain foods that research links to a reduced risk of cancer due to certain compounds or nutrients that the food contains. The next time you make a grocery list, include these top foods to fight cancer and you can count on a healthy body for a lifetime.
Fruits and vegetables are a prime source of antioxidants. These are plant compounds that help fight free radicals in your body. Free radicals can come from sources such as pollution, smoking cigarettes and eating a poor diet. Antioxidants work to counteract those free radicals and prevent the cellular changes they produce, which can lead to several types of cancer. At the same time, fruits and vegetables are also low in calories, which helps you maintain a healthy weight. According to the National Cancer Institute, being overweight or obese increases your risk of several types of cancer, including breast, kidney, colon, gallbladder and pancreatic cancers. Particularly good choices include berries, squash, melons and leafy green vegetables.
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