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Powerful Cancer Fighting Foods

Research has confirmed what we all were taught growing up. Eating vegetables can help us grow stronger and healthier. Let’s make sure we are fueling our bodies with foods that fight disease and make us feel and look better.


The Cancer Cure Foundation (CCF) identified the following foods as loaded with cancer-fighting properties, from antioxidants that neutralize free radical damage to powerful phytochemicals. CCF also provides a detailed description of each, identifying their specific benefits. These foods can help stave off cancer and some can even help inhibit cancer cell growth or reduce tumor size. Please contact your medical professional if you have questions about incorporating these foods into your everyday diet.


We highly recommend consuming these in organic/raw forms whenever possible. Don’t pick just one to be your health warrior, try to incorporate a variety of these healthy foods into your diet.


For more information on Healthy Eating for Life check out this great resource by The Cancer Project.


Veggies & Fruits Full Of Cancer Fighting Properties

Fun Facts – Why They Are So Good 


Rich in glutathione, a powerful antioxidant that attacks free radicals in the body by blocking intestinal absorption of certain fats. They also supply even more potassium than bananas and are a strong source of beta-carotene.

Cruciferous Vegetables - Broccoli, Cauliflower, Kale, Brussels Sprouts, and Cabbage

Have a chemical component called indole-3-carbinol that can combat breast cancer by converting a cancer-promoting estrogen into a more protective variety. Broccoli, and brussel sprouts also have phytochemical sulforaphane, a product of glucoraphanin which is believed to aid in preventing some types of cancer. Sulforaphane induces the production of certain enzymes that can deactivate free radicals and carcinogens. The enzymes have been shown to inhibit the growth of tumors in laboratory animals. Several of these vegtables contain two antioxidants, lutein and zeaxanthin that may help decrease prostate and other cancers.


Contain a lot of beta carotene, which may help reduce a wide range of cancers including lung, mouth, throat, stomach, intestine, bladder, prostate, and breast.

Chili Peppers and Jalapenos

Contain a chemical, capsaicin, which may neutralize certain cancer-causing substances (nitrosamines) and may help prevent cancers such as stomach cancer.


Contains lignans, which may have an antioxidant effect and block or suppress cancerous changes. Flax is also high in omega-3 fatty acids which is linked to reduced inflammation throughout the body.


Has immune-enhancing allium compounds (diallyl sulfides) that appear to increase the activity of immune cells that fight cancer and indirectly help break down cancer causing substances. Diallyl sulfides also help block carcinogens from entering cells and slow tumor development.


Like oranges and other citrus fruits, contain monoterpenes, believed to help prevent cancer by sweeping carcinogens out of the body. Some studies show that grapefruit may inhibit the proliferation of breast-cancer cells in vitro

Red Grapes

Contain bioflavonoids, powerful antioxidants that work as cancer preventives. Grapes are also a rich source of resveratrol, which inhibits the enzymes that can stimulate cancer-cell growth and suppress immune response. They also contain ellagic acid, a compound that blocks enzymes that are necessary for cancer cells.


Has indoles, nitrogen compounds which may help stop the conversion of certain lesions to cancerous cells in estrogen-sensitive tissues. In addition, isothiocyanates, phytochemicals found in kale, are thought to suppress tumor growth and block cancer-causing substances from reaching their targets.

Licorice Root

Has a chemical, glycyrrhizin, that blocks a component of testosterone and therefore may help prevent the growth of prostate cancer. Excessive amounts however, can lead to elevated blood pressure.


There are a number of mushrooms that appear to help the body fight cancer and build the immune system - shiitake, maitake, reishi, agaricus blazei murill, and coriolus versicolor. These mushrooms contain polysaccharides, especially lentinan, powerful compounds that help in building immunity


Contain the antioxidants quercetin and campferol that may suppress the growth of cancers. A serving size of brazil nuts contains 80 micrograms of selenium, which is important for those with prostate cancer. If you have an existing allergy to nuts or develop symptoms of an allergy please consult with a medical professional.

Oranges and Lemons

Contain limonene which stimulates cancer-killing immune cells (lymphocytes, e.g.) that may also break down cancer-causing substances.


Contain many vitamins, minerals, plant compounds and antioxidants. Known to have vitamin C that works as an antioxidant, they may also reduce the absorption of cancer-causing nitrosamines from the soil or processed foods. Papaya contains folacin (also known as folic acid), which has been shown to minimize cervical dysplasia and certain cancers.


Contain many vitamins, minerals, plant compounds, and antioxidants known as anthocyanins that may protect against cancer. Black raspberries are rich in antioxidants and are thought to have greater cancer-preventing properties than blueberries and strawberries.

Seaweed and Other Sea Vegetables

Contain beta-carotene, protein, vitamin B12, fiber, and chlorophyll, as well as chlorophylones - important fatty acids that may help in the fight against breast cancer.

Sweet Potatoes

Contain many cancer fighting substances, including beta-carotene, which may protect DNA in the cell nucleus.

Teas: Green Tea and Black tea

Contain antioxidants known as polyphenols (catechins) which appear to prevent cancer cells from dividing. Green tea is best, followed by our more common black tea (herbal teas do not show this benefit).


Contain lycopene, an antioxidant that attacks roaming oxygen molecules, known as free radicals, that are suspected of triggering cancer. They also have vitamin C, an antioxidant which can prevent cellular damage that leads to cancer. Watermelons, carrots, and red peppers also contain these substances, but in lesser quantities. It is concentrated by cooking tomatoes.



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