How Your Garden Can Help You Prevent And Fight Cancer
Studies have shown for years that eating certain foods can cut back on your cancer risks. Many of those foods you can grow in your own garden. The American Cancer Society recommends that we eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables every day.
We should all make room in our diets for these delicious garden foods that can help us reduce our cancer risks. Let’s take a look at these homegrown cancer fighters!
Studies show that people who eat garlic are less likely to develop cancer of the digestive organs, such as the esophagus, colon and stomach. Ingredients these garlic bulbs offer have the ability to keep cancer-causing substances in the body from working. Some studies even suggest that garlic may keep cancer cells from multiplying. There are no guidelines on the amount of garlic you should consume, but a glove a day should be beneficial.
We all love summer berries! And now, there is an extra bonus to their juicy goodness! Berries are high in powerful antioxidants, which means they can stop naturally occurring process in your body that creates free radicals, which have the ability to damage cells. They may also keep cancer cells from growing or spreading. Don’t ever hesitate to pick a handful of blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, or any of your favorite berries!
Tomatoes may protect men from prostate cancer. Tomatoes help guard the DNA in your cells from the damage that can lead to cancer. Tomatoes have high concentrations of the antioxidant lycopene. The body absorbs lycopene better from processed tomato foods like spaghetti sauce. So add a extra cupful to your spaghetti or pizza!
Cruciferous vegetables include broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower. Studies show consumption of these vegetables can help protect you from cancer. According to researchers components in these vegetables can protect you from the free radicals. These free radicals damage cells DNA. They may also hold the power to shield you from cancer-causing chemical, as well as slow the growth of tumors, and encourage cancer cells to die.
Leafy Green Vegetables
Leafy green vegetables such as spinach and lettuce are great sources of the antioxidants beta-carotene and lutein. The American Institute for Cancer Research has completed lab studies that show chemicals in leafy green vegetables may limit the growth of some kinds of cancer cells.
Research shows that the skin of red grapes is a rich source of an antioxidant called resveratrol. Grape juice and red wine also contain resveratrol. The National Cancer Institute states that resveratrol can be useful in keeping cancer from beginning or even spreading. Studies also show that it limits the growth of different types of cancer cells in men and lowers the risk of prostate cancer.
So enjoy the stress reliever that gardening and working in the soil can be so you can reap the cancer fighting benefits later on!
About Tammy Marie Rose
Tammy Marie Rose is an author, blogger and freelance writer with over ten years professional writing experience. She is a divorced mother of three. Her family calls West by God Virginia home.