Cancer comes in a number of forms and variations and its incidence has remained steady in North America this decade. However, the survival rates for certain cancers have increased.
It is estimated that women have 38% chance of developing cancer and men have 43% chance. Furthermore, according to some demographics these rates are even higher, so is the risk of mortality related to cancer.
What is Cancer?
Cancer is a term which stands for a group of diseases in which the usual lifecycle of body cells is interrupted.
When there is cancer development in the body, the cells start to behave abnormally. The damaged and old cells which are supposed to die, survive, and new cells are formed in wrong places. These new cells divide and could lead to the formation of growths known as tumors. A number of cancers form solid tumors, and these are masses of tissues. However, blood cancers, like leukemia, do not form solid tumors. Malignant tumors are those that can spread to other tissues. Moreover, while these tumors are growing, some cancer cells can become detached and can move to other organs in the body through the lymph system or the blood, and form new tumors there.
Nowadays, cancer is one of the leading death causes in the world. Moreover, it is the leading cause of death in Canada and second leading cause of death in America.
Cancer Causes Are Obvious…or Not
A number of factors contribute to cancer development. Some of them like unhealthy habits, diet and lifestyle can be controlled. However, some of them like environmental factors and heredity cannot.
No matter how hard we try, cancer can happen to everybody. When it does happen, it is for the best to fight it naturally and to allow your body to heal itself.
In case you have cancer, you need to eat a healthy diet, stop smoking and do regular exercise. This can reduce the risk of developing cancer, and can even help cure it.
In this article, you can read about some of the most powerful cancer-fighting foods which are going to restore the nutrients that your body needs and are going to stimulate the growth of healthy cells.
Berries contain antioxidants in their skin and they are responsible for the vibrant colors. Anthocyanidins is a group of flavonoid antioxidants that are present exclusively in berries. These promote the mental faculty and can lower the risk of neurodegenerative disease, such as Parkinson’s.
According to studies, anthocyanidins lower and prevent the abnormal cells production.
Cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and broccoli are all cruciferous vegetables. These vegetables contain sulforaphane, which is a powerful antioxidant. This chemical is linked to the elimination of cancerous cells.
When garlic is mashed or cut, there is a release of organosulfur compounds. When digested, these compounds are released through the lungs and skin. Actually, these are the compounds that cause the “garlic breath”.
If eaten raw, these compound can prevent excess cell proliferation and can destroy abnormal cells.
Resveratrol is a powerful antioxidant which has an effect on all three carcinogenesis stages, which are initiation, promotion and progression. Resveratrol has anticancer effect and it can inhibit proliferation of tumor cells.
Grapefruit is abundant in vitamin C, which is most definitely the most important nutrient. This vitamin has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral and antioxidant properties and it supports the immune system. Moreover, it fights oxidative stress which is caused by free radicals.
Green tea contains catechins, which are powerful antioxidants that stimulate the development of healthy cells and halt the spread of unhealthy ones.
Moreover, green tea is a powerful anti-inflammatory which regulate cholesterol levels.
Leafy Green Vegetables
Kale, mustard greens, chard, lettuce and spinach are just a few of the many green leafy vegetables that are abundant in fiber, minerals and vitamins. These vegetables are abundant in phytonutrients like flavonoids, saponins, zeazanthin and lutein, which prevent the formation of abnormal cells.
According to researchers, carotenoids act as antioxidants and in this way they prevent cancer. According to some lab studies, carotenoids in this type of vegetables inhibit the growth of skin, stomach, lung, and breast cancer cells.
Lycopene is responsible for the red color of tomatoes. Moreover, lycopene is a potent antioxidant which is the most powerful of all carotenoids in smothering singlet oxygen, which is a molecule that is capable of causing serious cell damage.
Turmeric is a very powerful anti-inflammatory because of the curcumin, which is a phytonutrient. It is effective as a treatment for fibromyalgia, arthritis and other inflammatory disease. Curcumin targets the cancer stem cells, preventing their growth.
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