Eat Smart: Top foods to fight cancer

Eat Smart: Top foods to fight cancer

Each week NBC 6 helps you kick-start your week in a healthy way and today Jennifer Gieseke, Chef and Owner of Healthy Chef Meals, talks about foods that help fight cancer.
Each week NBC 6 helps you kick-start your week in a healthy way and today Jennifer Gieseke, Chef and Owner of Healthy Chef Meals, talks about foods that help fight cancer.

Jennifer shares her list of the top cancer fighting foods. 

  • Pomegranates - rich in iron and antioxidants, but it also inhibits the formation of a breast cancer causing substances
  • Berries - contain ellagic acid, which helps in the prevention of breast cancer and other forms of cancer
  • Yellow Colored Fruits & Vegetables - yellow or orange in color (yellow peppers, melons, pumpkins) have Beta-carotene (a strong antioxidant that helps to fight breast cancer causing agents in the body)
  • Green veggies - cabbage and broccoli are extremely fierce against cancer cells in the body. Powerful antioxidants that can block early cancer development.
  • Pulses (legumes that grow in pods) - chickpeas/garbanzo beans, dry peas and lentils. Dried beans particularly effective in preventing breast cancer
  • Whole grains - rice, oats. High fiber diet shields your body from exposure to harmful toxins.
  • Walnuts - it is believed that the anti-inflammatory qualities give your body a tumor fighting potential. Their phytosterols have been shown to block estrogen receptors in breast cancer cells, possibly slowing the cells' growth Ginger - has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and can slow cancer growth.
  • Turmeric - active ingredient is curcumin, which can kill cancer cells quickly
  • Chocolate - a class of chemicals in cocoa called catechins, also found in tea, that offers protection against cancer 
  • Tomatoes - the biggest benefits come from cooked tomatoes, the heating process increases the amount of lycopene your body is able to absorb.
  • Peanut butter - study at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found that girls from the ages of 9 to 15 who eat peanut butter nuts two times each week were 39 % less likely to have developed breast
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