37 Cancer Fighting Foods & Drinks

Garlic

Garlic is something that you’ll want to get more of, no doubt about it. The list of cancers that it can help out with is long, and only seems to be growing. Garlic has certain antibacterial properties, and the theory is that it can help the body ward off cancer in a number of ways, including killing the cancer cells outright. It may also help to repair the damage done to the DNA, and help to stop cancer cells from multiplying and spreading. These are several reasons why you have to embrace this stinking rose and add it to more of your dishes.

Cauliflower

The sulforaphane in cauliflower is what’s been shown to provide the anti-cancer effect. It’s released when you chew it up, so make sure you chew it thoroughly, at least 20 bites before swallowing it. The great part about it is that these substance only seeks out and destroys cancer cells, leaving your healthy cells alone. How’s that for being a cancer bully? There are plenty of recipes available that will help you to start adding more cauliflower to your meals, as it makes a great side dish, or a companion to broccoli, which also made this list.

Carrots

Carrots got the label of being good for the eyes, but recent research suggests that they are also helpful in the fight against cancer. The findings show that at least in mice increased carrot intake was responsible for slowing down the growth of prostate cancer. This is an amazing finding, and there’s no reason not to start eating more carrots, since they already provide other well-established health benefits. It could be just a matter of time before it’s confirmed that they help with an assortment of different cancers.

Avocados

Perhaps you simply like the taste of avocado and didn’t feel the need to eat it, but now there are plenty more reasons to add this into your regular list of foods to eat. They contain plenty of nutrients, but in particular they have antioxidants which have been shown to help reduce the risk of cancer. They also contain fiber, which along with other fiber-containing foods can help to reduce that risk even further. So whether you mash them up into guacamole, or add slices to a sandwich, you’ll be helping yourself greatly.

Grapes

Rather than eating grapes directly it may be better to ingest a grape extract, or drink grape juice. It is the same substance that is in red wine that you’re after, and grapes can serve as a substitute for those that don’t wish to drink wine. It’s the resveratrol that you’re after, and this has been a topic of some debate as to whether it actually works, or whether it’s all just a way to sell supplements and tout anti-cancer benefits. It’s up to you to decide what you believe, and how much scientific data you require before adding a food to your diet.

Raspberries

Raspberries, and berries in general, are loaded with antioxidants, and have been shown again and again to help reduce the amount of free radical damage done to the body. This helps to provide anti-inflammatory support which in turn helps to prevent cancer, and helps the body heal itself, stay youthful, and have more energy. All the more reason to start eating more raspberries. They make a great addition to a smoothie, and you can drink one to your health by adding other smoothie-friendly foods from this list.

Flax

You may or may not be familiar with flax, but it’s got a lot going for it, and is one source of omega-3s that you might have overlooked. These have been shown to help keep cancer at bay, and also to send it back from whence it came. It’s super easy to add more flax to your diet because it can easily be sprinkled onto any food on your plate, or easily added to soups, smoothies and more because the seeds are very tiny, and easily chewed up or simply swallowed whole.

Kale

Similar to spinach, kale holds its own as a cancer-fighting agent. Many prefer kale to spinach because of its taste, and its versatility as far as cooking goes. You can find it fresh in the same spot as all other dark and leafy greens. It’s these sort of dark colored greens that you should add more of to your diet. Kale specifically acts as a potent antioxidant, which helps keep the body in a healthy state that is unfriendly towards cancer cells and cancer growth. Eat enough superfoods like kale and you create an alkaline state in the body where cancer cannot thrive.

Papaya

There are many health benefits to eating papaya, and the best part is it tastes great. It may not be as readily available as some of the other foods on this list, but it’s worth seeking out if it typically doesn’t make it into your shopping cart. Because of the lycopene it contains you’re getting the same sort of benefits as you do from tomatoes, just in a different and sweeter form. Just be sure to have them in moderation, with one a day being stated as a way to help keep cancer away indefinitely.

Salmon

The omega-3 content of salmon makes this a great headliner dish a few times per week. You can actually make a very healthy meal consisting of all cancer-fighting foods by using salmon as your protein, choosing one of the several vegetables from the list, and using an antioxidant-packed fruit to give you your carbs. When you select the salmon make sure that it is wild Alaskan to get the most benefit from it. All salmon is not created equally, and unfortunately the best salmon for cancer fighting happens to come with a hefty price. But it’s worth the extra upfront expenditure if it means less time being sick later.

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18 Comments

  1. EDMONIA SIMMONS says:

    THIS INFORMATION WAS VERY INFORMATIVE TO ME AND I WILL BE INCLUDING THEM IN MY DIET SINCE I JUST GOT DIAGNOSED WITH BREAST CANCER

  2. Ludmila says:

    I’ m surprised to see wine and green tea as examples of anticancer food
    And alcohol isn’t bad
    and teina is not bad too?

  3. kirstie says:

    Thank you!!!

  4. Lisa says:

    Thanks so much for website. love it lisa

  5. Lacey Smith says:

    Love, love, love this! Definitely passing it along to a friend of mine battling cancer, I know she’ll really appreciate the article! There’s a great cookbook out right now called “Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen” by Annette Ramke & Kendall Scott. Their website, http://thekickingkitchen.com/, is really great too. I bought the cookbook for my friend and she’s raved about the recipes. Thanks for this post!!

  6. Matilda says:

    I will deff. Start implementing these foods in my & my family daily lives. Since cancer has taken both my mom & dad from our lives!! Thank you for sharing 😉

  7. tina says:

    this was very good information. my mom has cancer. shes 74 yr.s old. found out last year. im her daughter tina. and we are not here on earth to give up but to live strong and long. but one thing I belive in are better days to come but not as we know it. but a place of no tears or sadness no crying. my words are don’t give up do all you can.

  8. Bridgette says:

    This information is very useful as I have recently been diagnosis with Breast cancer I with use this list to help fight this thank you

  9. Catherine Nicholas says:

    Congratulations on a wonderful website. The information is sound and truly valuable. Do keep up this great work.

  10. Susan says:

    I already eat almost all of these foods on a regular basis and am awaiting results of ultrasound and biopsy of my breast. I also am of normal weight, exercise regularly and don’t smoke. So if cancer is going to find you, I don’t think any of this matters.

  11. TIffany says:

    I love green tea. I can’t have a day without it. What make me feel happier is that most of these foods are common in my smoothies. I guess I’m on the right track. Great post!

  12. Iri says:

    Have you heard of Graviola?

  13. Marie says:

    Great information. While there is no 100% prevention, I believe eating foods like these will also help tremendously. Don’t forget to keep a positive attitude through all of this and pray as prayer is very powerful.

  14. Jitesh says:

    Very informative

  15. Sharyl says:

    I was very happy to find that I am already eating many foods that will help to fight my cancer.
    I drink a fruit smoothie nearly everyday and will start adding some of the veggies, like kale and spinach leaves, that I don’t eat now. I’ll also try adding flax to my soups. Thank you for the great website.

  16. harbans says:

    Let me read thoroughly

  17. Barbara Fernald says:

    I already eat more than half of the suggested foods every day. Just in my fruit smoothie I mix 1 cup fresh spinach, 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, turmeric, prunes, flaxseed meal, 1/4 cup fresh carrots, 5 lge strawberries and 1/2 cup blueberries I mix it with a cup of water. Plus for lunch and supper I make sure that I add other things from the list.

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