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Three Cancer Fighting Foods You Can Easily Consume Often
by Paul Fassa
(The Best Years in Life) By now, most of us know the importance of a healthy diet of non-processed organically produced food is. Whether Paleo or vegan or somewhere in between, all the chemicals, antibiotics, and hormones used in standard American diet agriculture is a major contributor to our diseased nation.
That's why one should buy organic, or locally produced, or at least consult the Ecology Working Group (EWG) produce pesticide level tables online to determine what non-organic produce you can get manage with minimal harm. Thick skinned produce from trees, like avocados, are usually relatively safe. And that happens to be one of the three cancer fighting foods below.
Usually, official USDA – FDA dietary guidelines are insufficient or woefully misguided. It's best to keep up with sources on the internet to ensure your food is your first medicine. The following article summarizes three foods that actively fight cancer or curb its expansion.
What's best is that these foods are relatively common and within most folks' budget even if organic. And they're tasty too!
Seems Like Food is Our First Medicine After All
This is my favorite because it's so easy to use often, on eggs, in salads, and in sandwiches. Guess what, it contains up to 50 times more of the anti-cancer phytochemical sulforaphane than fresh broccoli. Even mainstream medicine considers broccoli a top anti-cancer food. Imagine how 50 times more sulforaphane so conveniently edible would benefit you.
It was a few years ago that researchers at Johns Hopkins Medical Center had discovered this with such certainty that they even patented broccoli sprouting seeds and played like Monsanto, suing sprout growers who didn't pay royalties to their Johns Hopkins newly formed Brassica Protection Products company's BroccoSeeds.
Fortunately, the International Sprout Growers Association (ISGA) wouldn't tolerate Johns Hopkins “Monsanto mimicry” with non-GMO seeds that farmers had been using for decades. So they sued their newly formed company to cut out the nonsense on the basis that just because one discovers something present in an existing sprout means you can patent the plant's seeds – and won!
You can check your local health food stores for broccoli sprouts – organic or hydroponically grown are wise choices. And you can also see if any of those stores broccoli sprout seeds with sprouting instructions with basic equipment. Or you can do an online search for broccoli sprouts to learn to order and learn more about sprouting.
These potatoes have been staples of indigenous Peruvian mountain tribes for centuries. They began appearing in most decent health food stores a few years ago. They are only slightly more expensive then other domestic potatoes.
Purple potatoes are great smashed with lots of butter and sea salt, mashed, or roasted. And there are no threats of genetic engineering for purple potatoes so far. But so what, who needs purple potatoes? They are proving to be highly anti-cancer, especially for one of our most common cancers, colon or colorectal cancer.
Anthocyanins are high in purple potatoes and a recent Penn State study determined they go after colon cancer stem cells. Orthodox oncology's toxic chemo chemicals don't get stems cells and those stem cells brew up more cancer cells with a vengeance! That's a major reason why when remissions are obtained using chemo without killing cancer patients, they come down with cancer again
That study even used baked, instead of raw purple potatoes to reach their conclusion that the anthocyanins help create cell death (apoptosis) among even cancer stem cells.
They used extracts from the baked potatoes in their in vitro studies (lab cultures) and in vivo, using animals that had colon cancers demonstrating positive results that reversed tumor growths. The color purple in other foods indicates high anthocyanin content as well.
Keep in mind that extracts are concentrated solutions taken out (extracted) by various means from whole plant foods and herbs. The results from extracts will be more immediate and profound than having a side of purple potatoes once a month. That's why it's a good idea to consume at least one of the three foods almost daily.
Alligator pear is the nickname for avocado. That's partly because of its usually lumpy protective alligator-like skin color, but it is actually a fruit. Tony Isaacs will give you the nutritional lowdown on why you should consume avocados often and some tasty ways to do that here.
An earlier TBYIL article of mine goes into details about fairly recent University of Waterloo research that discovered avocado's cancer fighting to the extent they are looking for a way to extract the isolated compound and create a new drug or nutraceutical that can be patented and sold commercially.
Their study isolated avocado's compound avocotin B to observe its effect on acute myeloid leukemia (AML) cells' conversion to apoptosis. AML is a very stubborn form of leukemia, and they were looking for something to target AML cells without wiping out healthy cells the way chemo does.
Healthy cells undergo apoptosis, a programmed self destruction to make way for newly created cells. It happens more often than you know. Cancer cells are not programmed with for apoptosis. They're meant to form tumors and last forever.
So any substance that programs apoptosis will have only cancer cells as their targets. My earlier TBYIL article covering the Waterloo study details is here.
So there you have it, three accessible anti-cancer foods that can be incorporated and consumed often in any organic healthy lifestyle diet one chooses.
About the Author:
Paul Fassa started looking into natural health to overcome his unhealthy lifestyle. Then he developed more interest as he researched his articles for Natural News and Align Life.
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