Cancer is a terrible disease that can interfere in someone’s life one way or another. The National Cancer Institute has grim predictions for this year (2016). An estimated 1,685,210 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the US alone, while approximately 595,690 people in the US will die from cancer.
Even though cancer rates are rising globally, it seems that these rates are higher in the Western countries. Around 30% of modern cancers are now estimated to be caused by diet. According to scientific studies, diets of processed red meat, fried food, refined white flour, sugar and alcohol, are all capable of causing cancer. But, diets can also help fight the disease if they are proper and healthy.
Studies have shown that compounds such as lycopene in tomatoes, glucosinolates in cruciferous vegetables, catechins in green tea and curcumin in turmeric are able to act on cancer cells to stop them from developing, growing and/or spreading.
Healthy diets also help to mobilize the immune system and deliver anti-cancer compounds in the body.
So far majority of the studies have been done only on tumor cells in vitro or in small animal models such as mice. Until there are no researches conducted on human populations, in double-blind studies, the medical profession won’t tell you to complement your cancer therapy with diet.
Nonetheless, two things are certain:
- Eating anti-cancer foods will help to prevent you from developing cancer.
- Eating anti-cancer foods will help your body to fight cancer.