9 Foods That May Fight Cancer

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What to eat

A plant-based diet is rich in potential cancer-fighting compounds. Here are 9 foods that show promise.

  1. Asparagus

Asparagus is full of nutrients such as beta-carotene, vitamin K, and the B vitamin folate.

  1. Avocados

Avocado’s monounsaturated fats may reduce the risk of some cancers.

  1. Bell peppers

The healthful bonus of lycopene, a carotenoid with antioxidant powers, is found in bell peppers. Red and yellow bell peppers have more antioxidants than green.

  1. Broccoli

Vegetables most likely to help prevent colon cancer are broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, and other members of the cruciferous family.

  1. Cayenne and chili flakes

Capsaicin protects chili peppers from disease, and may also extend its protective properties to humans.

  1. Cherries

A phytochemical found in cherries, quercetin, has been found to inhibit cancer cells in lab studies.

  1. Green tea

Green tea ex­­tracts and tea polyphenols have been shown to inhibit a wide variety of cancers.

  1. Leeks

Leeks, onions, and garlic are linked to a reduced risk of some types of cancers.

  1. Tomatoes

Tomatoes offer the bonus of lycopene. Cooked tomatoes are one of the best sources because cooking breaks down the cell walls that otherwise hold the lycopene in.