A plant-based diet is rich in potential cancer-fighting compounds. Here are 9 foods that show promise.
Asparagus is full of nutrients such as beta-carotene, vitamin K, and the B vitamin folate.
Avocado’s monounsaturated fats may reduce the risk of some cancers.
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.
Vegetables most likely to help prevent colon cancer are broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, and other members of the cruciferous family.
Capsaicin protects chili peppers from disease, and may also extend its protective properties to humans.
A phytochemical found in cherries, quercetin, has been found to inhibit cancer cells in lab studies.
Green tea extracts and tea polyphenols have been shown to inhibit a wide variety of cancers.
Leeks, onions, and garlic are linked to a reduced risk of some types of cancers.
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.