Lung cancer can grow for 20 years before being detected. A plant-based diet, however, may help prevent the disease. Total meat consumption (especially processed meat) has also been associated with lung cancer risk. Eggs also contain harmful dioxins, which appear to increase the odds of getting lung cancer. Consuming just half an egg per day is associated with double the risk of lung cancer. Drinking green tea provides phytocannabinoids (which ease nausea, pain and have a calming effect) without the lung cancer risk associated with smoking marijuana. Green tea is rich in flavonoids, which may explain why Asians have less lung cancer, even given their higher smoking rates. However, antioxidant supplements are not an effective replacement for eating real veggies. Lutein pills have even actually been shown to increase the risk of lung cancer. The inclusion of cruciferous and allium veggies in your diet is an effective dietary-based chemo-preventive strategy and seems to protect DNA from mutation. Similarly, Indian gooseberries and broccoli also appear to be effective in slowing cancer cell growth in a petri dish.
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