Cancer disease is a scary disease. Basically, something causes cells within your body to grow abnormally. There are known causes for cancer – viruses, smoking, chemicals (like asbestos), sunburns, and drinking alcohol.
Foods contain antioxidants, minerals and vitamins that fight cancer. Eating these daily may protect you from cancer. If you are overweight, your cancer risk is increased. Losing weight through good nutrition will protect you as well.
Below are the five foods that can be flound in Katsina that helps to prevent cancer disease:
Garlic is one of the best sources of allium. Allium has anti-tumor and antimicrobial effects and helps prevent cardio-vascular disease. Garlic also kills H. pylori, bacteria associated with stomach cancer. Garlic may reduce the risk of colon, esophageal, pancreatic and breast cancers.
For best results, peel and chop a clove and let it sit 15 minutes. Use it to cook with or swallow with water.
Cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, kale, cauliflower and broccoli contain glucosinolates. These activate enzymes, like sulforaphane, as they pass through the intestines. Sulforaphane fight H. pylori and detoxifies environmental pollutants.
Eating cabbage daily may reduce risk of prostate, lung, colon, breast, bladder, liver, neck, head, mouth, esophagus, and stomach cancer.
Tomatoes are a fantastic source of lycopene. Lycopene is a carotene that has a bright red color. Lycopene appears to reduce the risk of prostate cancer. It’s also stopped breast, lung, and endometrial cancer cell growth in laboratory tests.
Another carotene that you need to fight cancer is beta-carotene. You probably know it best as carrots, but any red, yellow or orange fruit or vegetable contains beta-carotene. As an antioxidant, beta-carotene protects cell membranes and slows cancer cell growth.
Beta-carotene may protect against cervical, breast, mouth, pharynx and larynx, esophagus, and stomach cancers. Eat foods like carrots, apricots, broccoli, asparagus, grapefruit, chives, kale, onions and sweet potatoes.
Spinach is a valuable source of Lutein, another carotene, is found in dark green leafy vegetables. Lutein is important for vision, but may protect against esophageal, ovarian, endometrial, lung, and colorectal cancers.
These vegetables are high in fiber and contain folate, both of which are known to fight cancer.
Eat spinach raw or lightly cooked for best results. Other lutein rich foods include kale, squash, sweet corn, swiss chard, arugula, peas, egg yolks, and carrots.