Eating Green to Prevent Cancer

NF-Mar5 Eating Green to Prevent Cancer
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Why do people who eat more plants get less cancer? The largest prospective study of diet and cancer in history, for example, found that vegetarians had lower levels of all cancers combined. This could be due to what they eat less of:

There are also components of plant foods they are getting more of that can help eliminate excess estrogenextinguish free radicals; and boost our antioxidantdetoxification, and DNA repair enzymes. What we do eat may be as important as what we don’t eat.

The healthiest food is dark green leafy vegetables, which we should ideally eat every day. Greens can improve our eyesightimmune functionathletic performance, and even our physical appearance.

The green pigment itself—chlorophyll—may even intercept carcinogens. See my 2-min. video Eating Green to Prevent Cancer, where which I profile a study entitled  “Effects of Chlorophyll on Low-Dose Aflatoxin in Human Volunteers.” Researchers had people drink a solution of radioactive aflatoxin, the carcinogen that used to be a problem in peanut butter, with or without spinach chlorophyll. Check out the video to see the amazing results.

For more on protective compounds in plants, check out my 2-min. video Phytochemicals: The Nutrition Facts Missing From the Label. Green pigments are just one sliver of the rainbow though. There are benefits to the yellow onesorange onesred ones, and blue ones. Sounds like a Dr. Seuss book!

-Michael Greger, M.D.

PS: If you haven’t yet, you can subscribe to my videos for free by clicking here and watch my full 2012 – 2014 presentations Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death, More than an Apple a Day, and From Table to Able.

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  • Jo

    Thanks Dr. G.! My boyfriend is going in for his second cystoscopy post TURBT this weekend. Convincing him to go totally vegan hasn’t worked yet, but he has incorporated more of a vegan and vegetarian diet into his lifestyle — he even makes vegan carrot cake, quiche and pesto for me, which in turn is for him as well. You are a part of this change.

    Wish us luck!

    • Thea

      Jumping in here: Your story is inspiring! I wish you both all the luck!!

  • Bruno L.

    Sweet, thanks.
    Enjoyed meeting you on Sunday in Torrance.
    Your lecture was powerful and a lot of fun!

    • http://twitter.com/sweltman Steve Weltman

      Where was he in Torrance? I live in Torrance.. Thx!

  • brit

    great info, enjoyed hearing you a few weeks ago in Clakrsville MD. Love your sense of humor :)