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These Five Superfoods Are Scientifically Proven to Fight Cancer

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Cancer-Fighting Superfood - Spinach Blueberry Salad

According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with cancer every year and one-third of these cases are preventable. What can you do to decrease your risk of developing cancer? There is so much information out there on the many foods that fight cancer. Try to incorporate some of the five foods listed that contain many beneficial properties, including cancer prevention.

Legumes

Dry beans and lentils contain folate, a B vitamin, shown to decrease pancreatic cancer risk, and they contain antioxidants that prevent cell damage that can lead to cancer. The high fiber content in these foods may also protect against colon cancer.

Tip:  Add legumes to casseroles, stews, soups, salads and dips.

Blueberries

This berry is full of nutrients including vitamin C and K, fiber and antioxidants. Research has shown a diet rich in fruits can lower the risk of mouth, throat, lung and stomach cancers.

Tip: Frozen blueberries are just as nutritious as fresh.

Garlic

Garlic is a part of the allium family of vegetables, which also includes onions and scallions, shown to fight against stomach cancer. They also have preventive effects against skin, colorectal and lung cancers. Garlic may also lower cholesterol, reduce high blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease.

Tip: Chopping, slicing, mincing or pressing garlic before cooking can enhance the health-promoting properties.

Ground Flaxseed

Flaxseed is an excellent source of vitamin E and several minerals including magnesium, manganese and selenium. These nutrients decrease aging of the skin and reduce the risk of coronary artery disease and prostate cancer. Approximately half of the fat in flaxseed contains omega-3s, known to promote heart health.

Tip:  A serving of ground flaxseed is one tablespoon. Sprinkle it on yogurt or add it to your oatmeal to provide a great nutty flavor.

Spinach

Spinach is a great source of many nutrients including fiber, folate, vitamin C and several antioxidants in the form of carotenoids. Research shows eating a diet rich in green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, can fight the development of mouth and throat cancers. Spinach has even been shown to be among the superior leafy vegetables in fighting prostate cancer.

Tip: Add a handful of spinach to your morning smoothie. It’s a quick and easy way to add this nutritious vegetable to your daily routine.

So, in short, eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and healthy fats. Try to incorporate some of the foods listed to not only fight off cancer, but also to improve your overall health.

Article provided by Cooper Clinic Nutrition Services.