Many cancers can be prevented if we maintain a healthy weight, eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly. Research is discovering what combinations of food offer the most protection against cancer. Here are some findings:
Strawberries and blueberries help fight mouth and neck cancers. Blueberries have antioxidants, which protect cells from damage.
Tomatoes contain lycopene, which helps prevent prostate cancer. Tomato sauce or past, as well as olive oil, helps improve lycopene absorption.
Whole grain foods reduce the risk of colon cancer. You are better protected getting fiber from whole grains rather than fruits and vegetables. Buy 100% whole wheat breads. Other good grain sources are brown rice, whole wheat pastas, and oatmeal.
butternut squash, sweet potatoes and cantaloupe, and Red-orange fruits and vegetables, are rich in beta-carotene, which protect against mouth cancers.? However, high doses of beta-carotene from supplements may actually increase the risk of lung cancer, so get your beta-carotene from food, not pills.
Regular and decaf coffee seems to lower the risk of endometrial, prostate and colon cancers. One study found that coffee drinkers live longer than non-coffee drinkers.
Fatty Fish such as Salmon have omega-3 fatty acids which are a great source of healthy protein and good fats that can protect against both cancer and heart disease, instead of red or processed meats.
like Kale, spinach, romaine lettuce, etc. are excellent sources of fiber and nutrients. They can protect against cancers of the mouth, pharynx and larynx
Beware the Barbeque!, but Red meat, including pork, and processed meats have been linked to colon and other cancers. ?Grilling and especially charring meat on high heat releases cancer-causing agents. ?Grilled Vegetables are safe for grilling.
Professional Home Care Nurses can recommend healthy foods and diets for their patients as part of their Care giving duties.