What are some anti-cancer foods?


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Fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans combine to form a diet that fights cancer. Laboratory studies have shown that many vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals fight cancer, but they work most effectively in combination with one another, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research.

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Apples are a food that is particularly powerful in its anti-cancer potential. It contains vitamin C and fiber, making it a healthy food for every diet, but the phytochemicals quercetin and epicatechin, as well as anthocyanins (in red apples) and triterpenoids (in the apple peel) have antioxidant properties. These fight off the free radicals that cause the sort of cellular damage that leads to the formation of cancer cells, as stated by the American Institute for Cancer Research.

The entire family of dark green leafy vegetables is another power food for fighting cancer. Such veggies as spinach, romaine lettuce, mustard greens, chicory, kale, leaf lettuce, collard greens, and Swiss chards contain lots of fiber and folate, as well as such caroteinoids as zeaxanthin and lutein. Research has shown that food with carotenoids is likely to protect the body from cancers of the larynx, pharnyx and mouth. Similar to the antioxidants in apples, the caroteinoids also eliminate free radicals before they can damage cells, notes the American Institute for Cancer Research.

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