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Eat These Power Foods to Fight Cancer

It has been found that there are power foods to help us fight cancer.  This is important as according to WHO, cancer is expected to rise 70% over the next 20 years even though there have been many advances in medical technology and knowledge.  President Barack Obama, on January 13, 2016 announced a national initiative to find a cure for cancer.

Is it best that we just wait for the medical system to find a cure or can we do something for ourselves now?

The place to begin is with eating healthy real foods, especially foods that have been proven scientifically to help in fighting cancer. Here are six of them.

6 Power Foods to Help Fight Cancer

1.  Tomatoes Help Lower Cancer Risk

  • Breast cancer can be reduced with tomatoes with their high amounts of carotenoids (alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, lycopene, and total carotenoids) as shown by research in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute .
  • Prostate cancer was found to be reduced in a study showing men who ate more than 10 portions of tomatoes or tomato products per week reduced their risk of prostate cancer by 18% compared to men who ate less than 10.
  • Consuming tomatoes and tomato-based products has been shown to lower risk of lung, stomach, and prostate gland cancer and it may also preventive it for breast, cervix, oral cavity, colon, esophagus, and pancreas.  It is clear that the current evidence favours the consumption of tomatoes and tomato products rather than lycopene supplements as stated in the Oxford Journals.

2. Cruciferous Vegetables (Broccoli, Cabbage, Brussels Sprouts) Help Prevent Cancer

3. Avocados Help Cure Cancer

  • The glutathione found in avocados has been found to help prevent some kinds of cancers.
    Researchers found extracts from Hass avocados kill or stop the growth of pre-cancerous cells that lead to oral cancer.
  • Avocado extract was found to inhibit prostate cancer.
  • Molecules in avocados have been found to attack leukemia stem cells directly while leaving healthy cells unharmed according to a study.

4. Garlic Fights Cancer

  • Lung cancer was decreased by 44% in a study with those who ate raw garlic two or more times a week according to a study published in the journal Cancer Prevention Research. The researchers also found that even smokers who ate raw garlic decreased their risk of lung cancer by around 30%.
  • Garlic, as an allium vegetable, has been found in a study to protect against stomach and colon cancers.
  • “In test tubes, garlic seems to kill cancer cells. And studies suggest that people who eat more raw or cooked garlic are less likely to get colon and stomach cancers and cancer of the esophagus.” – University of Maryland Medical Center.

5. Legumes (Beans and Lentils) Reduce Cancer Risk

  • Prostate cancer was found to be lower in a six-year study of more than 14,000 Seventh Day Adventist men living in the United States.  Those with the highest intakes of legumes (beans, lentils, or split peas) had a significantly lower risk of prostate cancer
  • Legumes were found to reduce risk for colon cancer.  Scientists examined 14 studies with 1,903,459 participants and the found that those consuming the most legumes, especially soybeans, had the lowest risk for cancer.
  • Pancreatic cancer is less when legumes are consumed more than two times a week compared to those who ate legumes rarely or less than once a week according to a study.

6. Flaxseed Lignans Help with Lowering Cancer

  • Reduce prostate cancer with flaxseeds.  Research studies have shown that lignans can slow the growth of prostate cancer cells.
  • Breast cancer survival was significant in three studies that followed thousands of women diagnosed with breast cancer published at PubMed Central® 1, 2, 3. They found, “Lignans might play an important role in reducing all-cause and cancer-specific mortality of the patients operated on for breast cancer.”

6 Cancer Fighting Foods Infographic

Graphic from:

Cancer Survivors’ Poor Eating Creates High Health Risk
Cut Breast Cancer Risk With These Everyday Habits
Lycopene, the Powerful Nutrient That May Help Prevent Cancer

By | 2017-10-29T15:39:31+00:00 January 17th, 2016|Health News, Nutrition|4 Comments

About the Author:

I am the Founder and Author at Real Food For Life. Have been teaching cooking classes worldwide since 1982. Create original, healthy recipes and menus, which are gluten free and white sugar free. Also, the author of the GREEN means LEAN and Balance Your Body e-books. I turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar free, gluten free eating and cooking.


  1. Marianne Obong-Oshotse April 29, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    Very informative article, thank you!

  2. martin June 3, 2016 at 7:32 am

    Wow, thanks, hope fellow Africans see this!

  3. celina July 8, 2016 at 8:17 am

    you are really doing a great job by educating us on the proper way to live our lives free from disease. interesting article you have got here. more grease to your elbow. thanks you!

  4. Pierre M. February 7, 2017 at 2:55 am

    Garlic is a natural way to lower blood pressure. I prefer it raw but you can find it as a supplement too.

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