Nutraceuticals: the anticancer foods you should be eating!

Red Wine

Yep, this fights cancer too.

Are you eating your Nutraceuticals? Nutraceuticals is the name designated to certain foods that inhibit the growth of cancerous cells by cancer-fighter Dr. Richard Beliveau, director of the Molecular Medicine Laboratory at Ste. Justine Hospital in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and head of a team of almost forty people focused on the study of cancer through nutrition.

Like many oncologists and other cancer researchers, Dr. Beliveau believes that, by eating certain foods, people can prevent certain types of cancer. His website states that less than 15% of cancers occur because of family history, a percentage that may be startling to some. Dr. Beliveau believes that almost 80% of cancers can actually be prevented altogether through “lifestyle modification.”

“Cancer is like diabetes,” the doctor says. “You must look after it every day.” This applies for people who already know cancer, and are trying to allay the growth of cancerous cells, but it is also important advice for those who have never been diagnosed with cancer. By eating the right foods, people can drastically reduce their likelihood of developing certain types of cancer – and perhaps eliminate their chances completely!

So, what Nutraceuticals should you be eating? According to charts included in the bestseller Anticancer: A New Way of Life, Dr. Beliveau has outlined the following:

To prevent colon cancer: garlic, leeks/scallions, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, beets, and asparagus are just a few of the best choices. Other colon cancer-fighting foods include celery, turnips, and broccoli.

To ward off breast cancer: the same foods listed above, but also radishes, spinach, potatoes, jalapeno peppers, and cucumbers.

To fight lung cancer: the doctor recommends all of the above, as well as bok choy, fennel, and romaine lettuce.

If you’re unfamiliar with your familial history of certain forms of cancer, Dr. Beliveau’s website suggests eating the following foods, three times per week:

2 cloves of garlic

Half of a cup of rehydrated seaweed (popular in Asian dishes, this is good in soups and cold salads)

Half of a cup of blackberries, raspberries, or blueberries

Half of a cup of broccoli, cabbage, turnips, or cauliflower

Half of a cup of dried cranberries (without sugar added)

Half of a cup of mushrooms

Dark chocolate (20 grams – the chocolate should be at least 70% cacao)

Half of a cup of Brussels sprouts

1 teaspoon Tumeric and Ginger

Half of a cup of spinach or watercress

1 tablespoon ground linseeds (also known as flax – it’s nutty, delicious, and can be sprinkled on anything including cereal, stir fry, and salads)

Half of a cup of citrus juice (squeeze it yourself if you can)

Half of a cup of beans

Half of a cup of onions and shallots

1 tablespoon tomato paste

Half of a teaspoon of black pepper

Half of a cup of raisins

3 cups of green tea (choose whole-leaf tea; the doctor recommends tea from Japan. Steep for at least ten minutes in a tablespoon/cup of boiling water)

And our favorite suggestion?

1 glass of red wine (remember, you can have this three times a week)

You’re probably already ingesting several of these anticancer Nutraceuticals each week, but consider adding in some other foods that you don’t typically eat to really decrease your chances of developing cancer!


2 Responses to “Nutraceuticals: the anticancer foods you should be eating!”

  1. Lori says:

    Wine has sugar in it. How is that good for cancer prevention?

  2. Hi Lori – you’re right. There is both fructose and glucose in wine. As the wine ferments, the levels of fructose increase. Port wine, for example, has the highest % of fructose. But, red wine also has Polyphenols and antioxidants. One Polyphenol in particular, known as Resveratrol, is particular beneficial in the fight against cancer: “Resveratrol has been shown to reduce tumor incidence in animals by affecting one or more stages of cancer development. It has been shown to inhibit growth of many types of cancer cells in culture. Evidence also exists that it can reduce inflammation. It also reduces activation of NF kappa B, a protein produced by the body’s immune system when it is under attack. This protein affects cancer cell growth and metastasis. Resveratrol is also an antioxidant.” [from the National Cancer Institute] So remember Lori – everything in moderation, but when it comes to red wine, it’s still considered to be a part of an anticancer lifestyle.

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