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What Foods Can Prevent Cancer?

What Foods Can Prevent Cancer?

It is well known by many doctors that there is such thing as cancer prevention. Physicians agree that most cancers occur as a result of unhealthy lifestyle choices. Smoking, poor diet, a lack of exercise, toxin exposure, and high stress are all known to contribute to the development of cancer. Incorporating lifestyle changes into disease prevention program used to be considered "alternative" medicine, but now even conventional medicine is supporting the use of healthy diets, exercise, and lowering stress levels. Published estimates suggest that around 85% of cancers are caused by these poor lifestyle choices. The good news is that it is possible to drastically cut the risk of developing cancer by becoming familiar with the best ways to promote health that will ultimately prevent cancer. 

The American Cancer Society recommendations suggest that people try to consume a mostly plant-based diet with minimum of 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day. It's important to point out that a serving is typically only a half cup, so five servings really only add up to about two and a half cups. Also, it is important to know which foods offer the highest degree of disease protection, so that these foods can be incorporated into the diet. Some of the best plant foods for cancer prevention include dark skinned berries such as raspberries, tomatoes, and pomegranates.

The dark skinned berries have high levels of the substance known as ellagic acid. Ellagic acid is found is in many types of fruits including strawberries, cranberries, and especially in red raspberries. Ellagic acid stops cancer growth by interfering with a particular part of the cancer cell's reproductive cycle. Studies have shown that ellagic acid has the ability to prevent the effects of toxins known to cause cancer, which in turn prevent cancer. 

Lycopene is another substance that is found in plants which has shown substantial anti-cancer action. In fact, lycopenes are the major type of carotene found in human blood and serum. Lycopene is found mainly in red vegetables and fruits. Sun dried tomatoes, provide the greatest amount of lycopene. Several studies have shown that diets high in lycopene containing foods are inversely related to prostate cancer risk. So, the more lycopene rich foods a man eats, the lower his chances of developing prostate cancer that translates to prevention. 

Third on the list to prevent cancer is Pomegranates. Due to being full of potent anti-oxidant substances, pomegranates have been recognized as having preventative properties against several cancers such as head cancers, prostate cancer, and lung cancer. Pomegranates have also been shown to have properties, which inhibit cancer cells from reproducing quickly. Newer research indicates that pomegranates also can help prevent cancer by acting to enhance the removal cancer causing toxins from the body. 

By choosing a diet that is rich in foods with proven cancer fighting abilities it's possible to decrease the chance of developing cancer. Dr. Jake Psenka and the physicians at Longevity Medical Health Center offer the best in cancer prevention and healthcare.


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