Every year, millions of people globally are affected by the deadly disease and the major cause of a variety health problems, cancer.
Despite the abnormal behavior of cancer cells, researches are suggesting that prevention of up to 40% of cancer type is possible, by means of healthy diets and lifestyle.
There are some foods under the loop, to prove whether they have anti-cancer properties or not. On the other hand, a host of them is still in the shadows.
The Top 5 Fruits that Need the Spotlight
Not only they are a real thirst-quencher, but also have a variety of health benefits that can be a factor in the fight against cancer.
Generally speaking, inflammations are the roots of many diseases, including asthma, arthritis, diabetes, atherosclerosis, and cancer.
The delicious fruit is effective against inflammation, due to the vitamins A, C, and B6 and the antioxidant Lycopene inside it. Lycopene and Vitamin C were tested particularly for their cancer-prevailing properties.
This fruit contains 6 chemicals, thus is often used as aromatase (an enzyme linked to cancer) inhibitor. The 6 chemical ingredients the pomegranate holds, have the potential to prevent breast cancer triggered by estrogen.
In addition, pomegranate doesn’t affect the blood sugar levels, thus making itself a convenient beverage for people with diabetes.
A small red skin fruit with white insides, hugely popular in Asia. Scientists claim that the alpha-mangostin (a unique antioxidant) in mangosteen can demolish cancer cells in leukemia, thereby curing the disease.
Although further research is due to follow, the antifungal, antiseptic and antibacterial properties of mangosteen are undeniable.
Rambutan is a rare, exotic fruit growing in the Southeast part of Asia. The look is similar to lychees, only with hedgehog-like spikes. Although the fruit is not widely known it has a host of health benefits with the ability to prevail cancer being one of them.
It has excellent antioxidant compounds that can dispatch the free radicals, which can inflict oxidative damage to the cells.
Moreover, the skin and the seeds of the fruit can boost our body’s protection against the lethal disease, according to the University Kebangsaan of Malaysia.
The extract from peaches kills cancer cells in mice, as shown in a study published by the University of Nutritional Biochemistry. Furthermore, the peach extract stopped the growth of tumors and prevented the spread of cancer cells to other parts of the body.
Not only that we need to eat the fruits above to evade cancer risks, but also, we need to stay away from some foods too. That includes refined oils and carbs, sugar and red meats.