13 Foods That Could Lower Your Risk of Cancer 

by | Dec 9, 2020 | Uncategorized

Cancer like heart disease and diabetes is a chronic disease that needs to be dealt with in a very careful manner. While the exact cause of cancer is not known to scientists, three of the obvious reasons are lifestyle habits, diet, and family inherited genetic mutations.

Regardless of what type of cancer a person is suffering from, a peculiar thing about cancer is it involves the formation of a tumor due to the mutation of cells caused either by hereditary or lifestyle habits or diet.

If you are one of those people who have a high risk of getting afflicted by cancer, having a proper cancer prevention plan in advance can help combat the disease quickly and effectively. Cancer victims who have been struck by this disease must opt for the best cancer diagnosis and prognosis methods to get cured of cancer.

State-of-the-art medical facilities and top Oncologists with good technical know-how of treating cancers are vital for attaining cancer healing. Research suggests that eating certain foods and avoiding harmful habits like smoking and drinking alcohol can greatly help people in getting less prone to cancer.

Cancer can be cured and prevented if dietary & lifestyle changes are taken into strict consideration. Our blog post will focus on the 13 top foods that could lower the risk of cancer. Get your eyes glued to your computer screens to get a good insight into this.

13 Top Foods That Have Anticancer Properties:

#1 Broccoli

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This is a cruciferous vegetable that contains a beneficial plant compound called Sulforaphane that has anti-cancer properties.

Recent test-tube and animal studies suggest that having Brocolli in our regular diet can make us less prone to cancers such as prostate, colorectal, and breast cancers.

#2 Carrots

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Did you know that eating carrots regularly can decrease your risk of certain types of cancers? Having carrots as a food item or snack in your daily diet can help you stay free from risks associated with stomach cancers and prostate cancers.

#3 Beans

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Eating generous amounts of high fiber beans in your weekly diet can lower the risks of colorectal cancer. Have a handful of boiled or cooked black beans every week to stay risk-free from such cancers.

#4 Berries

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Berries are a good source for anthocyanin, a plant pigment that has antioxidant properties which can make you less prone to cancer. Bilberry extract, freeze-dried black raspberries, and blueberries are our top recommendations for your weekly diet.

They are known to decrease the spread of certain types of cancers like colorectal, oral, and esophageal cancers.

#5 Cinnamon 

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Cinnamon is well-known to people for its pleasant smell and flavor. It is one of the most widely used ingredients in Indian cuisine and has some medicinal and health benefits. It is known to reduce the sugar levels in the blood, lower the risk of certain cancerous diseases, and also give relief from inflammation.

Cinnamon extracts can help combat the growth of cancer tumors by killing the cells inside them. People suffering from Head & Neck cancers usually are advised by cancer consultants to have a high intake of cinnamon to decrease the ill effects of the disease.

Having 1 to 2 teaspoons or 2 grams of cinnamon every day in your daily diet can help you gain all the medicinal benefits of this magical ingredient.

#6 Nuts 

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Have you ever thought of including nuts in your daily meals? Nuts, especially Brazil nuts are an excellent source of nourishment for staying healthy. It needs to be emphasized that eating them on a daily basis can help fight the risks associated with certain forms of cancer such as colorectal, pancreatic, and endometrial cancers.

#7 Olive Oil

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The use of olive oil as cooking oil is quite popular among the cuisines originating from Mediterranean countries like Spain and Portugal. With the globalization of world cuisines, in India too, its use by homemakers and restaurants is increasing.

It’s good to know that the use of Olive Oil has many potential health benefits. You could use it for your everyday cooking or as an ingredient for your fresh salads or meat and seafood marinades. Olive oil can lower the risks associated with colorectal and digestive cancers.

#8 Turmeric

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This is another essential Indian spice ingredient that has many health benefits. Turmeric is perhaps not used in any other cuisine other than Indian!

The active ingredient of this magical spice item is known as curcumin and is supposed to have anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties.

According to several test-tube and animal studies, turmeric can help fight and reduce the risks of cancers like colon, lung, breast, and prostate cancers.

#9 Citrus Fruits 

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Discover the health benefits of citrus fruits such as limes, lemons, oranges, grapes, and grapefruits. Make sure you have at least 3 servings of any favorite citrus fruit of yours in your weekly diet.

Research suggests that citrus fruits can help lower the risk of certain common cancers of the digestive and respiratory tracks.

#10 Flax Seeds

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Flax seeds are high in fiber content and also rich in fatty content that’s good for the heart. They can help lower the risk of some complicated cancerous tumors associated with breast cancer, colorectal cancer, and prostate cancer.

You in all probability would have consumed flax seeds-based foods knowingly or unknowingly while eating your favorite baked items. Flax seeds are used widely in many bakery delicacies like muffins.

The best way to enjoy its health benefits is to make a ground extract of flax seeds and blend it with milkshakes, cereal, yogurt, and other baked items. Have at least 10 grams of it every day for staying risk-free from the cancers listed above.

#11 Tomatoes 

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Red tomatoes contain Lycopene, a plant compound that is responsible for the redness of this widely used vegetable.

Scientists have concluded that tomatoes can lower the risks associated with prostate cancer. Like olive oil, tomatoes are also a signature ingredient of most Mediterranean and Western foods. Whether raw or cooked, they go well with all kinds of pasta, salads, and fast food items like sandwiches, pizzas & burgers.

Having a decent amount of tomatoes in your weekly food intake can lower the likelihood of becoming a victim of prostate cancer. However, please take note that eating excess tomatoes in your diet can lead to kidney stones!

#12 Garlic

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We are aware that garlic has a very pungent smell and it can keep you away from eating garlic-based dishes. But what must interest you is that garlic has a high medicinal value and it is beneficial for heart patients and even reducing the risk of developing certain types of cancers.

It’s good to know that having at least 2 cloves of raw garlic in your daily diet can help you stay away from stomach cancer. Garlic when eaten with yellow vegetables, green vegetables, and onion can lower the risks associated with colorectal cancer.

#13 Fatty Fish 

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Consider eating fatty fish for lowering the risk of most types of cancers. Fatty fish are a top source of Vitamin D and Omega 3 oils which have huge health benefits. From slow plaque build up in arteries to good blood circulation to cancer prevention, fatty fish gives all these benefits.

So what fish can be classified as fatty fish? Fatty fish, unlike lean fish, have more fat in their tissues and interestingly this fat is considered as good fat that leads to many health benefits. Salmon and Mackerel are some typical fat fishes that are relished by people who like seafood. It is good to know that fatty fish can help lower the risk of prostate cancer.

We hope that our blog post on “13 Foods That Could Lower Your Risk of Cancer” has been informative enough to help you plan a proper diet that has many health benefits, including those associated with some common cancers.

Dr. Sachin Subhash Marda is a leading Senior Oncologist and Robotic Surgeon offering his full range of medical & surgical oncology services from Yashoda Cancer Institute, Somajiguda, TS, Hyderabad.


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"Dr. Sachin Marda is one of the best top leading award-winning renowned oncologists in Hyderabad and in India. He has 14 years of experience and treated more than 11000 patients till date. He completed his MS general surgery from Mumbai University in 2005 with a Gold medal and MCH Surgical Oncology in Gujarat University in 2009 with a First rank. He is also trained in UK with MRCS and in NCCS Singapore. He offers ethical, affordable complete cancer treatment with a holistic approach. He is specialised in all types of cancer treatment with laparoscopic, and robotic surgery. He has an extraordinary team with excellent knowledge in chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and targeted immunotherapy. His expertees in oral, stomach, breast. uterine, lung, prostate cancer"

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