Food is medicine…but that doesn’t mean it can’t be delicious too! In honour of Cancer Awareness Month, I wanted to share some of my favourite cancer fighting foods. Eat daily, live deliciously!
Cherries These sweet treats are both a traditional anti-inflammatory and an evidence-based antioxidant dynamo. Rich in fibre and vitamin C, cherries may help lower the risk of colorectal cancer and esophageal cancer. Research is emerging on perillyl alcohol in cherries, which may help squash abnormal cell development.
How to Use: Enjoy frozen cherries in a smoothie, snack on or bake with dried tart cherries or indulge in fresh cherries all summer long.
Green Tea This ancient elixir is a cancer-fighting all star. It’s best known phytochemical is epigallocatechin gallate – or EGCG. Green tea has been shown in the lab setting to slow OR HALT the growth of cancer cells; in real people, it’s use is associated with lower risk of cancers in the digestive tract and bladder.
How to Use: Sip green tea throughout the day; use chilled green tea for an energizing smoothie base or to make fruit popsicles!
Garlic Garlic makes everything taste better…and the organosulfur compounds have been shown to have major cancer fighting potential. Crush and let sit for a couple of minutes to maximize benefits and don’t over cook. For more on the wonders of garlic, click here.
How to Use: Add crushed garlic to soups, sauces, stir-fries and casseroles. Try to eat daily.
Red grapefruit Just the scent of grapefruit is enough to make me happy! This energizing and juicy treat is also a delicious way to fight cancer. The lycopene in red varieties helps protect the prostate; vitamin C defends against esophageal cancer. In the lab, grapefruit’s naringenin helps block carcinogen activation and estrogen production.
How to Use: Eat whole or add to smoothies
Believe in the power of whole foods! All info for this post is referenced on aicr.org