We just learnt that one of our friends has cancer.Certainly it sadden us but this seems too commonand why is it so?The fact is Cancer presents a threat in our life.This is very real
A book written by Professor Richard Beliveau and Dr Denis Ginger on“foods to fight cancer” have the following findings:Statistic shows that one out of three people is affectedby cancer before the age of 75This represents 12 per cent of all reported deaths onEarth.However, fear not, there is hope.
People fear cancer and also believe that there is littlethey can do to prevent it. They put developing cancerdown to hereditary factors or sheer bad luck.However, scientific research shows that this is not thecase, and that lifestyle factors such as diet can play amajor role in preventing cancerDo you know, one third of all cancers are linked to pooreating habits?
Statistic :30% of Cancer patients are smokers, if you are a non smoker, then risk ofcancer will be reduced by 30%15% of Cancer patients are due to hereditary, if your family line does nothave any cancer history, then risk of cancer is further reduced by 15%.Another 30% of Cancer patients are due to poor dietary habits. So itdepends on you, you can further reduce the risk of cancer by another 30%by having good dietary habit. The choice is yours.The choice isyours
Poor Dietary risk cancerHigher riskLower riskGenerally, data has shown that individuals consuming fewestfruits and vegetables have twice the chance of developingcertain cancers, suggest that these dietary shortcomings couldplay a role in the higher cancer rates now afflicting the West.
What is Cancer ?• Cancer is a disease of the cell. Our humanbeings is made up of 60,000 billion cells.• The growth of cancer takes a long time overmany years or decades. A cancerous tumoris not an instant phenomenon, it is a result ofa long process that take several years toform.• The slowness in the growth gives us theopportunity to intervene to block the rebelcell from maturing into a cancer cell.
Preventing Cancer GrowthCommon method is by destroying the cancerous tumor by1) Surgery, 2) Radiotherapy and 3) Chemotherapy ( Usually donetogether ).Limitations• Surgery – cannot eliminate all cancerous cells.• Radiotherapy ( X rays) – radiation will kill some of the normalcells too.• Chemotherapy by medication or drugs to reach cancerous cells –many side effects including hair loss or drop in immune cell, organscomplication.4) Anti-Angiogenesis Metronomic is a new approaches by attackingthe tumor’s blood supply thus depriving it food. But anti-Angiogenesis Metronomic has to be a continuous process.The good news is that a significant quantities of some Anti-Angiogenesis Metronomic molecules are present in fruits andvegetables.
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Eating to Prevent Cancer• While it is true that the tumors that forms spontaneously in ourbodies generally remain microscopic in size, posing no dangerto health, it is also true that all too often these tumors do notgrow and develop into lethal end stage cancel. However, if itdoes grow, we will be at risk of developing cancer.• Anticancer molecules present in fruits and vegetables fightcancers at the source, before it can reach maturity. Anticancermolecules present in food keeps them from progressing to anadvanced stage of lethality.• In this way, we should try to think of cancer as a chronicdisease, one that can be controlled on a daily basis with thehelp of foods rich in anticancer compounds.• Among the many anticancer compound present in fruits andvegetables, phytochemicals are the most important.
Anticancer compound present in fruits andvegetables, phytochemicals are the most important
Anticancer compound present in fruits and vegetables,phytochemicals block carcinogen action, block thepromotion and progression of cancer cells
Cabbage• Cabbage family ( Cabbage, Broccoli, Cauliflower,Brussels sprouts ) have an almost magical ability tofight against the development of cancerous cells inthe body. Eaten regularly, they are an easy way tohelp to prevent cancer.• Broccoli is by far the best source of sulphorahane( one of the phythochemical compounds )• Rapid or light cooking techniques, such as steamingor stir-frying in a wok, are simple and effective waysto maximize the quantity of anticancer molecules.Over cooking reduces the effectiveness of theanticancer molecules.
Garlic and Onions• Used for more than 2000 years before Christ, Garlicand Onions represent one of the best documentedexamples of the role of plants in the treatment ofdiseases and maintenance of good health.• The molecules found in garlic and onions are alsocapable of slowing down the propagation of tumorsby interfering with the growth processes in cancercells, leading to cell death by apoptosis.• Freshly crushed garlic is by far the best source ofanticancer compounds and should be preferred oversupplements (Drug).
Soya• Soya Beans, Soya sauce, Tofu has Isoflavones, theanticancer compounds present in soya, possesses achemical structure similar to that of sex hormonesand may thus interfere with the development ofcancers caused by high levels of these hormones inthe bloodstream.• Soya plays an important role in the prevention ofbreast and prostate cancer.• Studies has shown that taking soya at an early agefor woman decreases the incidence of breast cancer.
Japanese Green Tea• Green tea is an exceptional source of powerfulanticancer molecules that make it a key feature ofany diet designed to prevent the growth of cancer.• Green tea undergo the least transformation of allteas.• Black tea (Red tea) – resembles that of green tea,except that the roasting stage is carried out and thushave very little anticancer activity.• Japanese Green tea contains much more anticanceractivity know as EGCG than Chinese Green Tea.• Brewing time matters too, and to maximize theextraction of the anticancer compound, the infusiontime allowed should be at least 8 to 10 minutes.
Berries• Most berries are an exceptionally abundant sourceof several classes of polyphenols that possesanticancer potential: ellagic acid, anthocyanidins,and proanthocyanidins.• Eating cranberries should be preferred over drinkingcranberry juice.
Omega-3s• Studies show that omega-3s reduce the incidence ofcardiovascular disease and in cancer prevention.• Omega-3s acids are naturally extremely unstable andit is preferable to use whole foods as source insteadof omerga-3s supplements (Drug).• Eating fatty fish once or twice a week is one simpleway of increasing omerga-3 levels in your diet.• Sardines, Salmon, linseed, soya, nuts are othersources of Omega -3 fatty acids.
Trans-fats, one of the unknown fats that are unknown in nature andthat cause damage to cell. Look at the label behind the foodpackage, it usually indicates if there is any trans- fat.
Citrus Fruits• Citrus fruits : Oranges, Grapefruit, Lemons, Mandarins• Studies has suggested that phytochemical compoundsin citrus fruits block tumor growth by direct action onthe cancerous cells, restricting their ability toreproduce.• Citrus fruit consumption, whether in the form of wholefruit or juice, supplies the body with an incomparablesource of specific anticancer molecules, while alsoproviding the necessary daily requirements of manyvitamins and minerals.
Dark Chocolate• Dark chocolate contains important amounts ofpolyphenols that are potentially capable ofexercising beneficial effects on some chronicillness, including cancers and cardiovasculardisease ( heart and blood vessel).• Milk chocolate contains less polyphenols• Substitute dark chocolate for sugar-filled junk foodwith no nutritional benefits.
Supplement ( Drugs)• Eating whole food provides greaterbenefits than taking supplements.• There are no and there will no miraclecures that are able to entirely repair thedamage caused by a poor diet. Youcannot eat just anything and then getoff the hook by taking a pill.
Myth• Fruits and vegetables contain pesticide residues thatcauses cancer. - False, the residue is present intrace amounts and no study has ever established alink between these residues and cancer.• Only organic fruits and vegetables offer real healthbenefits. - False, In fact it would be better toconsume many standard fruits and vegetables on adaily basis than to only occasionally eat organicfoods.
Fighting Cancer Menu• Quit smoking• Lower red meat and calorie intake- avoid or reduceindustrially process foods i.e. chips, soft drinks,crisps, hamburgers.• Avoid barbecued meats. The greasy drippings thatfall and catch fire produce toxic substances know asaromatic hydrocarbons.• Exercise regularly• Choosing to modify your diet in order to includecertain foods that are exceptional sources ofanticancer molecules represents one of the bestweapons currently at our disposal in the fightagainst cancer.
Anti-Cancer Food• Lightly cook, steam or stir-fry Cabbages,Broccoli, Cauliflower, Brussels sprouts orTomatoes.• Habitually add Garlic or Onions to your cooking.• Drink more Soya Bean Drink or Japanese GreenTea or choose Red Wine than beer.• When you buy your fruit, take Berries, Oranges,Grapefruit, Lemons, Mandarin Orangesconveniently.• Add Sardines or Salmon to your dish.• Choose Chocolate rather than sugar.
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After reading the book, I have a better understandingabout cancer. At least we are in control of our life,so why put our life and our family at risk.Just make an effort and take more anticancer food. Donot make life difficult for ourselves, simpleadjustments to our lifestyle keeps the doctor away.Take care