Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States, exceeded only by heart disease. One of every four deaths in the United States is due to cancer. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most common types of cancer among Americans are prostate, lung, colorectal, bladder, breast, kidney, and melanoma.
Thankfully, an overall healthy diet has a significant impact on our bodies. So, watching your plate wisely may help prevent this deadly disease. Try to get the nutrients your body needs to function properly with the right diet and always keep in mind that it’s easier to prevent something happening in the first place than to repair the damage after it has happened.
Below you’ll find a list of cancer-fighting foods you should be eating more of—check them out!
Thanks to the sulfur compounds found in garlic, your immune system’s natural defense against cancer is stimulated, helping to reduce tumor growth, explains Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD, a nutritionist in Newport Beach, CA, in her book, Stealth Health: How to Sneak Nutrition Painlessly into Your Diet.
Even if you’re not a fan of garlic, don’t worry—there are many options available to you. Garlic, onions, leeks, chives, scallions and shallots are allium vegetables and the latest research shows that this versatile family may minimize the risk for colorectal cancer. It was proven that people who consumed the most allium vegetables reduced their risk of developing colorectal cancer by 79 percent than those who consumed less.