We’ve known for years that fruits and vegetables are healthy for us, and now we’re learning that it’s possible to fight cancer with fruit. Because fruits typically have high levels of cancer-preventing antioxidants, it’s not a surprise that their consumption delivers multiple health benefits. Although healthy eating recommends five servings of fruits and vegetables a day, The National Cancer Institute recommends nine servings for cancer prevention.
A specific example of a cancer fighting fruit is the apple. It contains the plant chemical quercetin that has been shown to significantly reduce the growth of prostate cancer cells and diminish the risk of lung cancer.
While many foods have been referred to as “super foods,” berries get that designation because they have several phytochemicals that appear to specifically block cancer development. They are among the fruits with the highest concentrations of antioxidants. The antioxidants neutralize the “electrified” free radical molecules in the body that damage cells in ways that initiate cancer development and other forms of chronic disease.
Berries high in vitamin C and phytochemicals include:
- acai berries
Folic Acid and Phytic Acid Benefits
Folic acid is know to help prevent, or destroy, the cancer cells that form within the cell DNA, and it is found in:
- red and purple grapes
Whether you’re a fan of fruits or vegetables, you have a number of cancer-fighting options available. Another cancer fighting source is phytic acid, found predominantly in beans or legumes.
Beans high in cancer-fighting plant chemicals include:
- small red beans,
- barbanzo beans,
- pinto beans and
- red kidney beans.
The simple act of trying to incorporate the nine recommended servings of fruits and vegetables into our diet can go a long way in helping us prevent and fight cancer.