The balance of evidence suggests that whole food, plant-based diets may help prevent, treat, slow (see also here), and even reverse cancer progression. Cutting down on saturated and trans fat may also improve cancer survival. Soy foods may help prevent breast cancer and improve breast cancer survival (see also here).
See #1 Anticancer Vegetable (and the prequel Veggies vs. Cancer) for a comparison of the cancer-fighting properties of a wide array of vegetables in vitro.
Beneficial effects of a plant-based diet on cancer growth can be measured in blood in as little as two weeks. Broccoli might be the best vegetable for fighting breast cancer. Other foods that have been associated with anti-cancer properties in general are other cruciferous vegetables (here, here, here, here, and here), other greens, Indian gooseberries (against cancer cell growth and invasion), dragon’s blood, chili peppers, nuts (especially walnuts see also here, here), coffee, cocoa, red rice, black beans, fiber in general, black pepper, mushrooms (especially white button see also here, here), flax seeds (especially with regards to for prostate cancer and breast cancer see also here, here, here), Ceylon cinnamon, apples (especially their peel), tomatoes, the seaweed nori, strawberries, black raspberries, blueberries, garlic, sweet potatoes, and small amounts of licorice. The benefits of fruit and vegetable consumption may only be seen at higher intakes, though.
Populations eating a lot of turmeric have lower cancer rates, and turmeric has been shown to block carcinogens (especially in colorectal cancer) and reprogram cancer cell death in vitro and has even be used as a topical cancer treatment. Phytates in beans have also been shown to prevent, treat, and rehabilitate cancer cells in preclinical studies. Also make sure to get an hour of exercise every day, sleep 7-hours every night, and reduce one’s exposure if possible to tanning beds, cell-phone radiation, CT scans, and dental x-rays.
Dr. Greger covers cancer in his full-length presentations:
- Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death
- More Than an Apple a Day: Combating Common Diseases
- From Table to Able: Combating Disabling Diseases with Food
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