All cruciferous veggies contain cancer-fighting properties, but broccoli has a sizable amount of sulforaphane – a compound that researchers say can help prevent cancer or slow down its progression.
Tomato can claim to be the king of cancer-fighting foods. It contains a phytochemical called lycopene that not only gives it the red color, but also helps prevent heart disease, also reduces the risk of certain cancers. Tomatoes are also a good source of vitamins A, C, and E – – all of which are enemies of cancer-friendly free radicals.
Both blueberries and strawberries contain high amounts of antioxidants that fight cancer. Besides, they are also rich in vitamin C, vitamin A and gallic acid, a powerful antifungal/antiviral agent that boosts immunity.
Curcumin, the active compound in the spice turmeric, has been shown to have anti-cancer effects. Turmeric consumption is also credited with an enhanced ability to fight inflammation.
This culinary favourite has been used to treat and cure many health problems, including cancer, for ages. According to the American Cancer Society, garlic contains substances that can help cancer cells die off. It has been revealed in both animal studies and cell culture studies that garlic may reduce the growth rates of cancerous tumours.
World Cancer Day is celebrated on 4 February every year. It is a chance to reflect on what you can do, make a pledge and take action. Whatever you choose to do make a difference to the fight against cancer.