Beans, berries, broccoli, cabbage and kale are foods that help prevent cancer and slow cancer cell growth, according to Healthline. Flaxseed, garlic, grapes and their juice, tomatoes, and soy products inhibit cancer growth and provide protection from cellular damage. Antioxidants such as selenium and beta-carotene support bodily defenses, adds WebMD.
The folic acid found in citrus fruits and dark leafy vegetables, especially spinach, maintains red blood cell health and helps with the formation of new cells and tissues, reports WebMD. Calcium and vitamin D have been shown effective in protecting against colon cancer. Good sources include dairy products, salmon, mustard and collard greens, egg yolks, and 20 minutes of daily sunlight on the skin. High-fiber foods, such as whole grains and legumes, move toxic waste through the digestive tract more rapidly and are considered powerful anti-cancer agents. Phytochemicals found in many plant foods, especially peppers, carrots, chicory and Swiss chard, help protect against cancer.
Studies show that the phytochemical resveratrol found in the skin of red and purple grapes helps prevent and slow tumor progression, reports Healthline. The American Cancer Society recommends a primarily plant-based diet with limited high-fat foods derived from animal sources, notes WebMD. Staying physically active, maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding excessive alcohol consumption are additional cancer-fighting recommendations.