There are many foods that can help the body fight cancer cells.
Here are 10 of the best foods for combating cancer.
1. Bittermelon: ‘first-class melon’
Bitter melon, which was called “first-class melon” by Ming Dynasty physician Li Shizhen, is a rare anti-cancer melon. Western medicine has shown that bitter melon is of the bitter quinine protein class,which is able to activate immune cell proteins to inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
2. Eggplant: ‘frostbitten eggplant’ is a good medicine
More and more evidence shows that eggplant has anticancer functions, especially in the treatment of stomach cancer and cervical cancer. Eggplant contains various alkaloids, of which solanine and cucurbitacin have been shown to possess cancer-fighting abilities.
3. Sea tangle: can prevent breast cancer and thyroid cancer
Sea tangle is called “kelp” in Chinese medicine; it can prevent breast cancer and thyroid cancer. Being rich in iodine, kelp is able to prevent the “big neck (goiter)” disease. It contains sodium alginate, which has a strong binding ability with carcinogenic elements of strontium and cadmium, and excretes them from the body; it also can selectively kill the carcinogen-producing bacteria in the intestines.
4. Sweet potato: an excellent but gradually forgotten anticancer substance
Sweet potatoes include red-skinned sweet potato, white-skinned sweet potato, and other varieties. It is an excellent food for illness-eliminating, life-prolonging, and weight loss, and it also has powerful anticancer functions. Recently, scientists have discovered that dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) contained in the sweet potato is able to prevent intestinal cancer and breast cancer.
5. Pumpkin: known as ‘god melon’
Pumpkin, dubbed the “god melon,” can be used not only for food, but also for healing. Pumpkin has an excellent effect on the prevention of obesity, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, and high cholesterol. It is particularly rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, and fiber, as well as anti-carcinogenic ingredients.
6.Wheat bran: the best anti-cancer dietary fiber
Wheat bran, alias bran, is the milled outer layer of the wheat grain that is milled before flour is made. Frequently eating wheat bran will give you ruddy skin and shiny hair. So, nowadays people like to eat whole grains and whole wheat foods. Being rich in B vitamins, selenium, magnesium, and cellulose, wheat bran can prevent and treat colorectal cancer, diabetes, hypercholesterolemia, hyperlipidemia, constipation, hemorrhoids, and so on.
7. Radish: the ‘health–protection god’ of the root and stem vegetables
There are many kinds of radishes, and all of them have anti-cancer properties. There is an old agricultural saying: “With eating radishes in the winter and ginger in the summer, one won’t need to see a doctor in their lifetime.” The Netherlands granted the title of “national vegetable” to the radish, while Japan and the U.S. dubbed it “god of health protection.” Radishes have anticancer, relieving chest, dissolving phlegm, and diuretic functions. Its spicy taste comes from spicy mustard oil, which is able to stimulate peristalsis. The radish ingredient carotene has excellent anticancer effects.
8. Kiwi: the vitamin C content ranked first in fruit
With a sweet, sour, and delicious taste, kiwifruit originally grew in the mountain areas of southern China, but currently has been widely transplanted around the world. It contains lots of sugar, proteins, lipids, vitamins, organic acids, and minerals. Its vitamin C content ranks first in fruit, and is 100 times that of citrus fruits, 30 times that of tomatoes, and it’s known as “natural vitamin C tablets;” it is also rich in vitamin P, which has a vascular protection function. So kiwifruit has a high nutritional value.
Cauliflower contains proteins, lipids, sugar, vitamins, and various minerals, such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, copper, and manganese. Eating cauliflower frequently can increase your liver’s detoxification capacity and immunity, help you avoid catching a cold, and prevent scurvy. Cauliflower also contains a wide variety of indole derivatives, which can neutralize toxins and facilitate their excretion, and are very good for your health.
10. Green tea
Domestic and international researches show that tea, especially green tea, has very significant anti-cancer effects.
Translated by Joseph, Chinese edited by Aizhu Lu.