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According to the National Cancer Institute at least 35 percent of all cancer cases are related to poor nutrition. [source]. Numerous studies have been conducted to determine what best aids in the fight and prevention cancer, including mesothelioma. Among the most prevalent healthy suggestions are:
Berries, often described as the ‘super food,’ are among the fruits highest in antioxidant content and are excellent sources of several phytochemicals that seem to help block cancer development. Berries contain a host of healthful nutrients including fiber and vitamin C, in addition to a variety of cancer-fighting nutrients and antioxidants. The key is to eat these berries in their raw, whole fruit form rather than to eat processed berries or fruit drinks made from berries. In order to get the healing phytonutrients, you must get the berries in the freshest form possible – that means no processed berries, just raw berries, right from the bush or straight from the grocery store. Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, cherries, cranberries are among the most popular healthy berries.
Three ways to eat berries:
- On cereal. When sprinkled on healthful cereal, berries offer an added sweetness.
- Added to jello or pudding. Add some berries to a quick-setting jello or pudding for an added healthy benefit.
- Berries topped with fresh cream or whipped cream. Berries in their most simple form – just topped with a dollop of whipped topping.
Dark green leafy vegetables
Dark, green leafy vegetables are a must on everyone’s list. These greens are a good source of many vitamins (such as Vitamin A, C, and K and folate) and minerals (such as iron and calcium). These greens are also a great source of fiber. Research suggests that nutrients found in dark green leafy vegetables contain healthful antioxidants fighting off free radicals in the body. Free radicals are highly reactive oxygen compounds that can damage and destroy the body’s “good” cells. “Good” cells that have been damaged are more likely to spread illness & infection and, also, become cancerous. Spinach, kale, broccoli, collard greens, mustard greens, swiss chard, and romaine lettuce.
Three ways to eat dark green leafy vegetables:
- Make a salad. Leafy greens taste great mixed in a salad with different types of veggies (tomatoes, cucumbers, carrot & lettuce).
- Wrap it up. Make a wrap with tuna, chicken or turkey and add romaine lettuce, spinach, arugula, and other veggies for some extra taste.
- Add to a soup. Try mixing leafy vegetables such as kale or collard grens into your favorite soup.
Flax & flaseed oil
Flaxseed oil has been shown in laboratory tests to reduce the speed and growth of cancer cells. Heart-healthy and loaded with cancer-fighting antioxidants, flax and flaxseed oil is a super source of lignans, fiber and Omega-3 fats. The concentration of lignins in flaxseed is more than 100 times greater than found in any other lignin containing foods such as grains, fruits and vegetables. Studies suggest that flaxseed oil is most effective when taken with a sulfur based protein, such as cottage cheese.
Three ways to eat flax and/or flaxseed oil:
- In cereal. One of the best ways to eat flax seeds if for breakfast, either sprinkled on cereal.
- On oatmeal. A sprinkle of flaxseed on homemade oatmeal adds taste and texture.
- With yogurt. Faxseed give a nutty taste and texture to yogart, with fruit.
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