Your diet is your best weapon against cancer cells

5 foods summarized below, for full article by Healthy Holistic Living see The Cancer Dies When You Eat These 5 Foods Time to Start Eating Them


This includes vegetables from the mustard family of plants, such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, collard greens, brussel sprouts, rapini and turnips. Rich in fiber, beta-carotene, folate and vitamin C, vegetables in this group have been shown to promote antioxidant activity by enhancing cell metabolism and regulating cell growth. Compounds in these foods are broken in the body into agents that inhibit enzyme activity associated with inflammation.


Blueberries contain high levels of bioflavonoids called anthocyanins, which are responsible for the color of blue, purple and red-skinned fruits. In the fruit world, blueberries are a star in terms of antioxidant value from substances like quercetin and kaempferol. Blueberries also contain a compound called pterostilbene, which triggersapoptosis (self-destruction) in lung, stomach, pancreatic and breast cancer cells. Although blueberry is considered top banana in terms of anti-cancer value, other fruits with exceptional antioxidant power include cherries, apples, strawberries, and raspberries.


This vegetable and fruit in the nightshade family is an excellent source of lycopene, a compound that targets and destroys free radicals before they can damage healthy cells. Researchers have found that lycopene concentrates in prostate tissue. Studies show that lycopene not only lowers the risk of prostate cancer but reduces the risk of esophagus, lung, pancreas, cervix and breast cancers as well. While eating raw tomatoes in a salad or sandwich is certainly a good thing, 1 cup of tomato juice or a ½ cup of tomato sauce contains more than 5 times the amount of lycopene than a medium raw tomato.


Turmeric, a popular spice in Indian cuisine, gets its golden color from a polyphenol known as curcumin. More than 1,500 studies, including clinical trials in humans, show that curcumin inhibits the growth of cancer cells and triggers apoptosis. The downside to curcumin is that it’s not well absorbed in the intestines. However, black pepper, which contains a chemical called piperine, seems to improve the absorption of curcumin when taken together. It’s important to note, however, that combining turmeric with black pepper upon consumption is minimal without frequent use. So, to recognize any significant benefits, start consuming turmeric this way on a regular basis.


Black and green tea come from the same plant — Camellia sinensis. The only difference between teas is how much the leaves are permitted to ferment. Because green tea undergoes less fermentation than black tea, its beneficial compounds – a group of compounds called catechins — are left intact. Of particular interest in green tea is the presence of a chemical known as epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), which has been shown to help prevent bladder, colon, stomach, pancreatic and esophageal cancers. Remember what we said about piperine increasing the bioavailability of curcumin? It appears that piperine performs the same service for EGCG. But, similarly to turmeric and black better, you need to make green tea a routine part of your diet if you want to recognize any of EGCG’s preventative anticancer benefits in the long-run.