According to National Cancer Institute USA, about one third of cancer deaths are related to poor dietary choices. With the increasing cancer incidence and limited treatment options, cancer remains one of the major threats to the healthcare system across the globe. You can do your bit to prevent cancer by making healthy lifestyle choices, which includes adding fruits that have cancer fighting and preventing abilities. These include apples, kiwis, oranges, papaya, berries and grapes.
Here are a few fruits that help to prevent and fight cancers:
1 . Apples
-Studies show an apple contains 10% of the recommended daily amount of Vitamin C and fiber.
-Also enriched with dietary fiber it has been found to lower cancer risk, and aid weight management.
-Apple has also been found to be a rich source of phytochemicals.
-Surprisingly the peel of the apple contains 80% of anti-cancerous products (quercetin and triterpenoids).
-Research shows that apple was found to be beneficial in lowering the risk of colorectal cancer specifically.
2 . Berries
-Berries such as blueberries, raspberries and strawberries are often the most commonly recommended fruits to fight cancer.
-Berries, a rich source of antioxidants, are also abundant in proanthocyanidin antioxidants, phenols, zeaxanthin, lycopene, cryptoxanthin and lutein.
-They have been found to increase the overall immunity of the body and also neutralize the free radicals damaging the cells and therefore prevent cancer.
3 . Grapes
-Grapes are a rich source of resveratrol, a potent phytochemical linked with reduced levels in cancer, heart disease and stroke.
-They are also a rich source of ellagic acid that have shown to provide protection to the lungs against environmental toxins.
4 . Avocados
–Avocados are a rich source of glutathione, a powerful antioxidant, is responsible for blocking the intestinal absorption of certain fats.
-As per research, Avocatin B, a type of fat found in avocado, is found to combat acute myeloid leukemia (a rare cancer).
-It also serves as a source of potassium and beta carotene that are be beneficial in promoting immunity.
5 . Papayas
-Studies suggest that papaya pulp is enriched with carotenoids, beta-carotene and lycopene.
-Lycopene being highly reactive towards free radicals serves as an effective cancer agent.
-Lycopene has been found to be protective against prostate cancer. It has been found to induce cancer cell death and has shown anti-metastatic activity.
-Enzymes from papaya were found to destroy proteins that provide protection to the tumors and were effective against cervix, breast, liver, lung and pancreas cancers
6 . Kiwis
-Enriched with cancer fighting antioxidants such as Vitamin C, Vitamin E, lutein and copper,the kiwi fruit has been found to be of great benefit across several disease areas.
-High vitamin C content plays an important role in preventing free radical damage, thereby reducing cancer risk.
7 . Cherries
-Cherries are a rich source of fiber, Vitamin C and potassium. The high content of antioxidants also provides cherries their rich dark color.
-Phytochemicals such as quercetin provide the fruit their antioxidant property and fight cancer.
-They have been found to be beneficial in lowering the risk of cancers such as colorectal cancer, mouth, pharynx and lung cancer.
8 . Pomegranate
-Pomegranate is packed with anti-oxidants, and regular consumption of pomegranate juice has shown to prevent prostate cancer, and prevent all types of cancers from spreading.
-It has been found to reduce the PSA levels (which generally increase in cancer patients).
-Recent research has also shown the benefits of Pomegranate juice in patients suffering from breast cancer.
-Enriched with polyphenol antioxidants which inhibit the growth of cancerous tumours and the anti-inflammatory properties, pomegranate help reduce the size of tumours too.
So, make sure your fruit basket has all these fruits and you take at least one of them each day and keep yourself away from cancers. Eat Healthy, Stay Healthy!