Top Anti Cancer Foods

by Natalie on April 26, 2011

Lately I have been spending a lot of time reading and dissecting The Second Expert Report on Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity and the Prevention of Cancer by the World Cancer Research Fund. This report was completed in 2007 by an expert panel of the world’s leading scientists that examined the world’s most relevant research on the subject. I have found such a wealth of wonderful information while reading this report, and feel the need to share it all!

I recently came across a section talking about foods that promote apoptosis in cancer cells. Apoptosis is a really important process done by the body to remove damaged cells and prevent damaged cells from being reproduced. Cancer cells are programmed to avoid the body’s signals to perform apoptosis, and therefore have a greater opportunity to survive and replicate.

The good news is that certain foods can help induce apoptosis in cancer cells. The report stated that experimental models have found compounds in many foods that can help destroy cancer cells and stop them from being reproduced. Here are the compounds and the foods in which you can find them.

EGCG – Found in green tea.




Curcumin – Found in the spice turmeric.



Indole 3 Carbinol and Isothiocyanates (ITCs) – Found in many vegetables especially green ones: broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, collard greens, cauliflower, kale, mustard greens, turnips, kohlrabi, bok choi, rutabaga, and horseradish.



Resveratrol – Found in grapes, grape juice, peanuts, blueberries and cranberries.



Lycopene – Found in tomatoes, watermelon, grapefruit (red or pink).



Capsaicin – Found in cayenne peppers.



Next time you sit down to plan your meals, make sure you find recipes that use these fabulous foods.

I love all of these foods and enjoy them on a regular basis. Don’t you just love it when you find out a food you enjoy has many health benefits?!

Stay tuned for more articles featuring information I read about in World Cancer Research Fund report.

Question: which one of these foods is your favorite? Leave a comment in the comment section.



World Cancer Research Fund/American Institute for Cancer Research: The Second Expert Report on Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity and the Prevention of Cancer, 2007.


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