The Cancer Epidemic
Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the U.S. behind heart disease. It is estimated that 1,688,780 new cancer cases will be diagnosed in 2017. Among those diagnosed, it is estimated that 600,920 will die.
While the cancer epidemic continues to grow each year, more patients are looking for hope to increase their odds of recovery. With studies showing typical chemotherapy having a survival rate of 2% over a five year period, it is smart to do everything possible to increase the odds of recovery. Diet is often underestimated during tradition cancer treatment. Delta always recommends accompanying any treatment or protocol with a healthy diet to provide maximum odds of recovery.
Those attempting to lower their risk of cancer and disease can do so by adjusting their diet. Specifically, the foods listed below can help to reduce your risk of cancer.
Diet is one of the most overlooked therapies when creating a healing protocol. The foods you eat directly and indirectly influences the bodies ability to heal and protect itself against additional problems. With this said, certain foods carry with them specific cancer-fighting benefits.
On a side note prevention is the best treatment for any disease! Eating the foods listed below on a regular basis can reduce your chances of getting cancer or developing other conditions!
It is no secret that cancer patients are known to have higher levels of oxidative stress. One of the best ways to combat oxidative stress is with ant-oxidants. Berries are one of the top antioxidant-rich food sources and are also low in sugar. Almost all berries are packed with antioxidants that combat free radical damage and oxidative stress but the top three are blueberries, cranberries, and blackberries.
Antioxidants have known antiaging properties and can also reduce inflammation. This is great news for anyone with cancer, or anyone attempting to prevent cancer. Try a mixed berry smoothie with your breakfast each morning, it is a delicious way to start your day!
One can never eat too much salad – this sums up the benefits of leafy greens. Leafy greens contain a laundry list of vitamins and nutrients that promote health. The leafy greens are we referring to specifically include:
- Collard Greens
- Turnip Greens
Substances in leafy greens such as glucosinolates and Isothiocyanates provide a host of benefits that help to fight cancer by helping to reprogram cancer cells to stop growing and undergo apoptosis (natural cell death). Other benefits include cell detoxification and antiviral/antibiotic properties.
Eating a serving or two of leafy greens a day is recommended, although one serving at each meal is even better. Add some berries to that salad for a delicious nutrition boost!
Many cancer-fighting diets will recommend a low meat or meat-free diet. If you plan on incorporating meats into your diet, switching to organic meat is highly recommended. Non-organic meats tend to have more toxins and hormones due to farming practices. Organic meat, on the other hand, is known to be cleaner and contain higher amounts of nutrients.
Meat not only contains a large amount of protein, but also contains a variety of vitamins and mineral that the body is likely craving. Vitamins contained in meat such as Vitamins B12 help keep blood and nerve cells healthy. Minerals contained in meat such as zinc and selenium aid in proper immune function, blood purification, and proper growth and maintenance of the human body.
If you would like to go the extra mile, sourcing organic grass-fed beef or pork, and sourcing organic free-range poultry can provide additional benefits. Free-range/grass-fed meat typically contain the most nutrients of all!
Calorie dense, and nutrient-packed, nuts are an overlooked super food. It does not take a lot to reap the benefits of nuts – a handful or two each day of mixed nuts will usually provide enough nutrients. The nuts we are referring to specifically include brazil nuts, walnuts, almonds, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, and chia seeds. Peanuts are not as nutrient dense as their cousins and should not be considered as cancer-fighting food.
Nuts are also a good source of fat. Chia seeds and flaxseeds, in particular, are a great source of omega-3, which has known anti-inflammatory benefits. Nuts (especially Brazilian nuts) contain many minerals including selenium, which is a cancer-fighting powerhouse.
If your significant other can stand the side effects of garlic (garlic-breathe), it can provide powerful cancer-fighting benefits. Unfortunately, the best way to consume garlic is raw – if you can stand the heat. Try making garlic toast, it’s surprisingly delicious!
Garlic is an immune builder, which is great news for cancer patients that have weakened immune systems due to treatment. With its antibacterial and antifungal properties, garlic helps the body clear out viruses, harmful bacteria, and pathogens. Garlic is also a known blood cleaner. It is able to flush toxins and pull extra cholesterol from the blood.
Although turmeric is a spice and not a food, it has earned its place on this list. Turmeric is one of the more popular herbs because of its wide range of benefits. Typically known as the main spice in a traditional Indian curry dishes, turmeric is so much more than just a tasty spice!
While the benefits of turmeric are widespread, there are two benefits that give it the power to fight cancer. Turmeric is highly anti-inflammatory and contains large amounts of antioxidants. It has already been established that cancer is often accompanied by systematic inflammation and high levels of oxidative stress. The ability of turmeric to combat the effects of cancer is largely due to a compound called curcumin, which provides the majority of benefits. isolated curcumin can be purchased and is often more beneficial than turmeric, which contains a measly 3% of curcumin.
Please note that the body has a hard time absorbing curcumin when taken alone. To increase the absorption, taking black pepper (which includes piperine) with the supplement, can significantly increase the absorption of curcumin. Some supplements will combine these two ingredients so that you don’t have to worry. Make sure to check the labels!