Can Foods Help Fight Cancer?

Extensive research has proven that specific types of food that you eat can provide your own natural cancer-fighting properties. There is an endless list of anti-cancer foods out there – such as foods that force cancer cells to die through a process of ‘apoptosis’, and foods that inhibit inflammation – that encourages cancer growth.



Below is a list of some top anti-cancer fighting foods


  •  Japanese green tea
  • Rich in polyphenol, catechin and (EGCG) compounds. Benefits – reduce the growth of new blood vessels that feed tumours.
  • powerful antioxidant and detoxifier – eliminate toxins from the body, and  encourages cancer cell death. Can also increase the effect of radiation on cancer cells.


  • Ginger
  • A powerful anti-inflammatory. Benefits – can fight certain cancer cells and help slow down tumour growth.


  • Turmeric
  • A powerful natural anti-inflammatory. Benefits – encourages cancer cell death, slows down tumour growth, and enhances chemotherapy treatment.


  • Cabbages and other cruciferous greens
  • Contain sulforaphane and (I3Cs), 2 potent anti-cancer molecules. Benefits – The molecules assist the body in detoxifying certain carcinogenic substances, thus preventing pre-cancerous cells from dividing into malignant tumors. Also promote the death of cancer cells.


  • Garlic, onions, leeks, shallots, chives
  • Contain sulphur. Benefits – promote the death of lung cancer cells.


  • Soy
  • Contain the compounds isoflavones, genistein, daidzein, and glycitein) Benefits – prevent tumour growth and inhibit the stimulation of cancer cells.


  • Fatty fish
  • Rich in omega-3s. Benefits – can help slow cancer cell growth in a large number, of tumours, including – lung, breast, colon, prostate, kidney.


  • Citrus fruits
  • Contain the anti-inflammatory compound ‘flavonoid’. Benefits – stimulate the detoxification of carcinogens by the liver.


  •  Strawberries raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, and cranberries
  • Contain ellagic acid and several ‘polyphenols’. Benefits – Inhibit tumour growth. 2 types of polyphenols found in berries also promote cancer cell death.


  • Dark chocolate
  • Chocolate – preferably containing 70% or over of cocoa contains lots of antioxidants, such as proanthocyanidins, and polyphenols. For instance – Just one square of dark chocolate contains twice as many antioxidants as a glass of red wine! Benefits – The molecules in the chocolate help slow the growth of cancer cells, and inhibit the blood vessels that supply them

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