Top 10 Foods and Drinks for Cancer Prevention

Cancer is such a staggering epidemic–the sheer number of people affected by the disease is as heartbreaking as it is mystifying. As we are slowly learning more about the causes, we are beginning to learn more about preventive measures.

In terms of the relationship between diet and cancer, this leads us to lists of what not to eat (french fries, sigh), as well as the other side of the coin: What we should eat (artichokes and red wine, yay!).

In the book Cancer: 101 Solutions to a Preventable Epidemic (New Society Publishers, 2007) the authors Liz Armstrong, Guy Dauncey and Anne Wordsworth consider the importance of eating specific foods and drinks for cancer protection. Here’s what they suggest:

1. Cruciferous vegetables: Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, bok choy and kale. These score high for containing many anti-cancer substances, such as isothiocyanates.

2. Globe artichoke for very high levels of salvestrols.

3. Dark greens, such as spinach and romaine lettuce, for their fiber, folate and a wide range of cancer-fighting carotenoids. Other dark colored veggies, too, such as beets and red cabbage.

4. Grapes and red wine, especially for the resveratrol.

5. Legumes: beans, peas and lentils, for the saponins, protease inhibitors and more.

6. Berries, particularly blueberries, for the ellagic acid and anthocyanosides.

7. Flaxseed, especially if you grind it yourself and consume when fresh, for the essential fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid, lignans and other “good fats.”

8. Garlic, onions, scallions, leeks and chives, for many anti-cancer substances including allicin.

9. Green tea, for its anti-cancer catechins, a potent antioxidant.

10. Tomatoes, for the famous flavenoid lycopene.

Read more:
See the list of Top 10 Foods that Increase Cancer Risk.
If you think you don’t like Brussels sprouts, try this recipe for Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries.
Know how to cook an artichoke? Here’s how.
Wine is good, but which wine is best? Read about organic wine and what the labels mean here.

Cancer is such a staggering epidemic–the sheer number of people affected by the disease is as heartbreaking as it is mystifying. As we are slowly learning more about the causes, we are beginning to learn more about preventive measures.

In terms of the relationship between diet and cancer, this leads us to lists of what not to eat (french fries, sigh), as well as the other side of the coin: What we should eat (artichokes and red wine, yay!).

In the book Cancer: 101 Solutions to a Preventable Epidemic (New Society Publishers, 2007) the authors Liz Armstrong, Guy Dauncey and Anne Wordsworth consider the importance of eating specific foods and drinks for cancer protection. Here’s what they suggest:

1. Cruciferous vegetables: Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, bok choy and kale. These score high for containing many anti-cancer substances, such as isothiocyanates.

2. Globe artichoke for very high levels of salvestrols.

3. Dark greens, such as spinach and romaine lettuce, for their fiber, folate and a wide range of cancer-fighting carotenoids. Other dark colored veggies, too, such as beets and red cabbage.

4. Grapes and red wine, especially for the resveratrol.

5. Legumes: beans, peas and lentils, for the saponins, protease inhibitors and more.

6. Berries, particularly blueberries, for the ellagic acid and anthocyanosides.

7. Flaxseed, especially if you grind it yourself and consume when fresh, for the essential fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid, lignans and other “good fats.”

8. Garlic, onions, scallions, leeks and chives, for many anti-cancer substances including allicin.

9. Green tea, for its anti-cancer catechins, a potent antioxidant.

10. Tomatoes, for the famous flavenoid lycopene.

Read more:
See the list of Top 10 Foods that Increase Cancer Risk.
If you think you don’t like Brussels sprouts, try this recipe for Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries.
Know how to cook an artichoke? Here’s how.
Wine is good, but which wine is best? Read about organic wine and what the labels mean here.

By Melissa Breyer, Care2 Senior Editor

252 comments

Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne Rogers7 months ago

TYFS

Shalu C.
Shalu C.about a year ago

Cancer prevention diet - Refer below post

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Kate M.
.about a year ago

You have discusses incredible points that sounds good, keep up the great work. model

Prateek Cancer Fighter

Hi friends this is true that treatment for most of the diseases is in your kitchen. Thank you Melissa Breyer for sharing such a useful information.

Thomas M.
Past Member 2 years ago

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Kristina May
Kristina May2 years ago

Great list, I love to see how easy it is to choose the best foods for disease prevention every day.

Sunny Tewathia
Sunny Tewathia2 years ago

When it comes to differentiate from variety of foods for a cancer patient we really get worried.

Cancer is such a disease every step should be taken with care. I just found few drinks that are totally safe for cancer patients : 8 Healthy Drinks For Cancer Patients

I just hope it would help.

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Jeramie D.2 years ago

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Jeramie D.
Jeramie D.3 years ago

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