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Regular Exercise and Eating the Right Foods to Prevent Cancer

Daily exercise plays an important role in fighting cancer

  A glass of RED WINE a day may keep cancer away!  Research continues to come in providing us with information on what foods can help keep us healthy.

   With cancer risk factors (carcinogenic foods, environmental hazards, and sedentary lifestyles) on the rise, there’s no better time to learn about a simple, painless step you can take to reduce your risk of developing cancer – or do your best to fight it if you’ve already been diagnosed. Yes, it’s the power of nutrition – nature’s best cancer defense.

According to Drs. Richard Beliveau and Denis Gringas, authors of Foods That Fight Cancer: Preventing Cancer Through Diet, research suggests that specific food-borne bioactive molecules can do the following in terms of cancer prevention:

  Decrease free-radical damage to DNA, which is known to produce cancerous mutations;
  Strengthen immune system function, as various immune cells are known to destroy cancer cells (e.g., macrophages and killer-T cells);
  Inhibit angiogenesis (growth of new blood vessels) of developing tumors;
  Block key signal transduction pathways required for cancer cell replication;
  Stimulate pathways that induce programmed cell death (known as apoptosis) of existing and emerging cancer cells;
  Enhance detoxification, helping to neutralize and eliminate carcinogens in the body;
  Promote cellular differentiation, which decreases the risk of healthy cells from becoming cancer cells;
  Block the formation of dangerous nitrosamines (chemical compounds, some of which can cause cancer) in the body.

 

A glass a day!

Here are some key anti-cancer foods for daily use as suggested by these two leading cancer researchers:

  Brussels sprouts – ½ cup
  Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage – ½ cup
  Garlic – 2 cloves
  Onions, shallots – ½ cup
  Spinach, watercress – ½ cup
  Soy (edamame, dry roasted beans) – ½ cup
  Freshly ground flaxseeds – 1 tablespoon
  Tomato paste – 1 tablespoon
  Turmeric – 1 teaspoon
  Black pepper – ½ teaspoon
  Blueberries, raspberries, blackberries – ½ cup
  Dried cranberries – ½ cup
  Grapes – ½ cup
  Dark chocolate (70 percent cacao) – 40 g
  Citrus juice – ½ cup
  Green tea – three 250 ml servings
  Red wine – 1 glass (5 ounces) My personal favorite!

 

July 15, 2010 Posted by | Health and Fitness | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment