While no single food will protect you from disease, there are many foods that have disease-fighting properties that can be grown easily in your home garden. Some foods actually increase your risk of cancer, but some, such as these below, will support a healthy body and strengthen your immune system.
Cruciferous vegetables. These types of vegetable include broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, and kale. Scientists have found that these foods are likely to protect against some types of cancers. A protective effect has been shown for cancers of the mouth, pharynx, voice box, esophagus, and stomach. Several laboratory studies suggest that cruciferous vegetables help regulate the body’s complex system of enzymes that defend against cancer. They also show that parts of the vegetables can stop cancer cell growth.
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Lycopene. Many vitamin supplements tout lycopene among their makeup recently. But you can also find this carotenoid in a home-gardening favorite – tomatoes and tomato based products. Lycopene can also be found in watermelon, another easy to grow plant. Studies show that lycopene may protect against several cancers, including lung, stomach, prostate, colon, oral, and esophageal cancers.
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Leafy, green vegetables such as spinach, kale, collards and chard are rich in fiber, folate and a wide range of carotenoids such as lutein and zeaxanthin. Researchers believe that carotenoids help prevent cancer by acting as. Some laboratory research has found that the carotenoids in dark green leafy vegetables can inhibit the growth of certain types of breast cancer cells, skin cancer cells, lung cancer and stomach cancer.
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