5. Leafy Greens
Dark, rich, leafy greens such as kale, spinach, and collard greens also contain powerful phytochemicals that may prove useful in the fight against cancer stem cells. The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) maintains that a healthy diet, including leafy greens, can protect you against cancer in two ways. First, these foods provide the phytochemicals, vitamins, and minerals that nourish your body and fight against cancer. Second, consuming these vegetables helps you maintain a proper weight. AICR reports that obesity can increase your risk of 12 types of cancer. If you don’t enjoy leafy salads, try camouflaging these greens in a fruity smoothie.
4. Cruciferous Vegetables
Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, bok choy, and radishes are cruciferous vegetables, which contain fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, and minerals. Furthermore, these veggies also contain compounds known as glucosinolates. The National Cancer Institute reports that glucosinolates are sulfur-containing chemicals. Your body may break down these chemicals into potent cancer-fighting agents such as indoles, nitriles, thiocyanates, and isothiocyanates. Studies suggest that these sulfurous products fight cancer by decreasing inflammation, causing cancer cell death, and destroying proteins in cancer cell DNA.
3. Fruits and Berries
Blueberries, strawberries, grapes, and apples contain the flavonoid quercetin. Medical News Today reports that quercetin is a phytochemical that works in the body as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. As such, it may be a powerful tool in the fight against cancer stem cells and tumor growth. A bowl of fruit salad or a smoothie made with vibrant berries and leafy greens may provide your body with fiber, nutrients, and protection against cancer.