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Foods that fight cancer

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By Maria Cendejas

Many foods help fight cancer and boost immunity, according to Natural News. 
Cruciferous vegetables including broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower and kale are the most powerful cancer fighting foods. They are high in fiber, vitamins and minerals, and also they have important antioxidants. 

Curcumin is a major ingredient of the spice turmeric. Many studies have indicated curcumin helps prevent cancer.

A number of mushrooms known as "medicinal mushrooms" can also help the body fight cancer and build the strong immune system. Bioactve mushroom compounds attack cancerous cells, prevent them from multiplying, and boost immunity.

Garlic, onions, leeks and chives have immune-enhancing allium compounds that increase the immune cell activity, help break down cancer causing substances and block carcinogens from entering cells.

Flax contains lignans, compounds that block or suppress cancerous changes in cells.  Flax is also high in omega-3 fatty acids, which protect against colon and other cancers. 

Hot peppers such as cayenne and jalapenos contain capsaicin that fights cancer and helps neutralize certain cancer-causing nitrosamines.

Spinach, turnip greens and other cancer fighting dark green leafy vegetables are rich in folic acid and it helps maintain the cell's genetic code and regulate normal cell division.

Dark red grapes contain powerful bioflavonoid antioxidants and are also a rich source of resveratrol and ellagic acid, a compound that slows the growth of tumors by blocking enzymes needed by cancer cells. Eat the entire grape, seeds and all.

Brown seaweeds such as kombu contain the polysaccharide compound fucoidan. It's found to kill cancer tumors like lymphoma, different kinds of leukemia, stomach cancer and colon cancer.

Other powerful cancer fighting foods are:

* Green and black tea
* Tomatoes
* Blueberries
* Raspberries
* Purple corn
* Extra virgin olive oil
* Avocados
* Nuts
* Sweet potatoes
* Apples

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