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5 Foods That Can Help Prevent Cancer

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While there are many things that we can do to help fight off cancer, adequate exercise, for example, what we eat can play a rather significant role in cancer prevention. In this blog, we will look at a small handful of foods that can help reduce the risk.

Broccoli

Maybe you hated it as a child, maybe you forced your children to eat it even though they didn’t care for it, whatever the case may be, broccoli has, at times, gotten a bad wrap. Like many green vegetables, broccoli contains high levels of sulforaphane, a nutrient known for its protective qualities and ability to expel cancer-causing chemicals. Best eaten raw or steamed, some studies have shown that microwaving broccoli can destroy a majority of these benefits. Steam it and eat it with your favorite spices and starches.

Garlic

While this spice is no doubt a strong one, both in flavor and in scent, it’s also strong in its ability to help fight cancer. Garlic has the ability to boost one’s immune system, and in some cases may even potentially reduce tumor growth. Certain studies have also shown that garlic can aid in the prevention of stomach cancer. While you don’t have to eat an extreme amount of the spice, add it to things where the strength won’t be as noticeable. Add a little bit of garlic and red pepper to that bowl of steamed broccoli — you’ll be surprised by how tasty it is!

Blueberries

Antioxidants are key, and blueberries are incredibly high in them. Antioxidants help protect your body from the damage caused by free radicals, most notably cell damage. Cell damage can lead to the development of diseases like cancer. Blueberries are incredibly tasty and can serve as a great addition to your oatmeal, yogurt or fruit salad.

Increase Your Fiber Intake

This is a broad one, but studies have shown that diets high in fiber can help aid in the prevention of colon cancer. Fiber can come from many different places — apples, avocados, peas, lentils, bran cereals, and quinoa are all examples of foods with high fiber content, all of which can help you in the long run.

Salmon

Recent studies have shown that people who eat regular servings of salmon are considerably less likely to develop specific types of blood cancer like leukemia. Not a fish fan? Pair it with some of the other items on this list, like garlic, broccoli, and quinoa. Right there you’ve got a meal that’s not only delicious, but very beneficial to your overall health.

Those are just five foods that can aid in the prevention of cancer. At Marketplace Agency and Elder Care Associates, we want our customers to be in the best of health, and aim to provide them with the best possible Medicare, Medicaid and Medigap insurance. For more information about our services or to speak with an agent, contact us today.