Unlike the Asian markets that have entire aisles of offerings, most U.S. markets carry only a few of these vegetables, such as broccoli, cabbage, collards and kale. Containing anti-cancer properties such as sulforaphane, selenium and diindolymethane, these vegetables require good chewing for subsequent digestion. Go easy on the overcooking. Instead of traditional boiling, fresh collards can be chopped in thin slices and pan-fried for a few minutes.
Dark Green Vegetables
In this family you can find chard, spinach and beets (by virtue of the leaves) as well as the red root. Among other goodies, these vegetables contain antioxidants like lutein, beta-carotene and zeaxanthin which can prevent early cancer cells growth. Fresher greens are more tastier and tender, but Swiss chard is a plant that keeps on giving leaves months upon months, even if you clip them off, thus it’s really easy to grown in pots.
Give yourself a rest from your daily coffee intakes and try this healthier alternative. Green tea contains only third of the caffeine found in most coffee and with epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) and catechins preventing cancer cells growth, it deserves to be ranked high on our list.
You may face some difficulties trying to get real green tea in the United States. What you will come across is either green tea drink or green tea mix. The most compelling green tea comes from the Asian supermarkets, in many varieties, packed neatly in boxes. Unlike the green tea, the decaffeinated teas lose healthy catechins in the washing process and black teas lose its catechins in the fermentation process.
Ginger and Turmeric
Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a tropical plant in the same family as ginger native to India and cultivated throughout the tropics around the world. The spice of an intense yellow color is an essential ingredient in many recipes oriental cooking.
Ginger contains strong anti-inflammatory properties and slows down cancer cells growth. Turmeric is a root in the ginger family and is known as the spice that creates the base of most curries. With a help of its active ingredient curcumin, it can destroy cancer cells. Ginger and turmeric can be found in a pill form, but we suggest that you add these to the spice rack instead of the medicine cabinet. They taste good, enhance the flavor of most meals and come with a lot of health benefits.
Beans and Lentils
Cut down on your weekly intakes of beef and pork by learning how to make beans and lentils. Yes, it can be tricky to cook them properly, but with a little help from your Indian friend you will learn quickly. Add the ginger and turmeric with these two and you get a good-tasting, healthy meal. Its main ingredient, phytochemicals, can prevent DNA damage, which is the basis of cancer. The fiber gives an additional benefit that lowers the risk of digestive cancers.
Even though the blueberries are know for the highest antioxidant leves don’t set your focus on just one kind of berries and try out different varieties of seasonal berries. They are extremely healthy and contain polyphend antioxidants, such as ellagic acid that prevents tumor growth. Aside from having healthy benefits, they taste good and can be combined with no-fat yogurt.