9 Foods That May Fight Cancer

Jacek L. Mostwin, M.D., D.Phil. | Jun 24th 2016 Sep 23rd 2016

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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.

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1. Asparagus

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

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2. Avocados

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

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3. 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.

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4. Broccoli

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

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5. Cayenne and chili flakes

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

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6. Cherries

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

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7. Green tea

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

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8. Leeks

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

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9. 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.