There may not be a way to eliminate your chances of getting cancer, but you can greatly reduce your risk by living a healthier lifestyle. This includes revamping your diet to include foods that are rich in cancer-fighting nutrients.
Eat for your health
Try these recipes to sock it to cancer with your dinner plate.
Roasted Brussels sprouts with walnuts
Brussels sprouts may not have been your favorite growing up, but they're really a delicious food that you can do a lot with. Roasting them softens the bitter taste that some people detect, and the olive oil and sea salt enhance their natural tastiness. Cruciferous vegetable like Brussels sprouts, broccoli and cauliflower have been shown to fight colon and prostate cancers. Roast these with walnuts, which can help prevent breast and other cancers.
Blueberry yogurt parfait
In recent studies, yogurt has been shown to increase anti-cancer cells in animals. While it hasn't been proven that the same will hold true for humans, scientists are hopeful that it will. For the most cancer-fighting benefits, choose a yogurt with live, active cultures. Top that yogurt with fresh fruit — blueberries are packed with antioxidants and not only help prevent breast cancer, but are also thought to slow the growth of breast cancer that's already present. Most cereals, including many granolas, are rich in folates, which stop DNA mutations that often result in cancer.
Place the granola in the bottom of a bowl or cup. Top with yogurt, then blueberries. Eat immediately or refrigerate.
Grilled balsamic tomatoes
Tomatoes are packed with cancer-fighting lycopene. To get the most lycopene from your tomatoes, heat them up to ease the absorption. If the weather is bad or you don't have access to an outdoor grill, use a stovetop grill to enjoy this summer dish all year long.
For a quick, cook-free cancer-fighting meal, fix a salad. Use spinach leaves as the base, then top it with lots of fresh fruits and veggies, along with a sprinkling of almonds.
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