To reduce your risk of cancer, look no further than your fridge. There are certain foods that have cancer fighting capabilities. Certainly, when it comes to cancer prevention, more research is still needed and no food can be considered curative of cancer either. But there have been some interesting researches about how some foods can help with cancer. In here we look at 6 cancer-fighting superfoods:
1. Sea buckthorm berries
New studies indicate that Sea Buckthorn may have positive effects on cancer patients. Both cancer prevention and cancer treatment may be enhanced through this dietary supplement and herbal remedy.
In laboratory studies, graviola extracts can kill some types of liver and breast cancer cells that are resistant to particular chemotherapy drugs.
Various studies have shown that phytoceuticals in Mangosteen (in some cases known to be its xanthones) have properties such as: anti-tumor (shrinks tumors), anti-leukemia, antifungal (critical for all cancer patients), antibacterial (to protect DNA), antioxidants (at least two dozen different kinds of xanthones are in the mangosteen fruit), antiproliferation, kills cancer cells and causes apoptosis (programmed cell death) for some types of cancer. This is a pretty impressive list of cancer credentials.
Noni juice contains a whole slew of cancer fighting nutrients. It kills cancer cells (the anthraquinone damnacanthal and the trace element selenium), it stops the spread of cancer (beta sitosterol, noni-ppt and limonene), it stimulates the white blood cells and other parts of the immune system (polysaccharides) and takes part in a process that enlarges cell membranes so they can better absorb nutrients (proxeronine aids in creating xeronine). Further, this is only a partial list.
5. Goji berries
In one study conducted in 1994 on 79 cancer patients, it was found that they responded better to cancer treatment when goji berries were added to it. Some test tube studies have also found that the antioxidants in goji berries can prevent and reduce cancer cells from growing.
It was shown in laboratory studies to prevent growth of cancer cells. In a human study, intake of pomegranate juice was found to have some benefit in patients with prostate cancer, but more clinical trials are needed to confirm such effects.