Studies have shown that there are many factors that contribute to the risk of having cancer.
While some of them, such as genetics and environment, are beyond our ability to control, 70% of cancer risk factors are within our ability to change.
Apart from avoiding cigarettes, limiting alcohol, reaching a healthy weight, and getting regular exercise, it is important to note that one way to prevent and treat cancer is through eating a nutrient-dense diet and avoiding things that are known to increase cancer risk.
It is known to every Dick and Harry that what you eat- and don’t eat- have a powerful effect on your health, including your risk of having cancer.
Here are five foods that reduce your cancer risk:
One large study found that eating citrus fruits such as lemons, limes, grapefruits, and oranges have been associated with a lower risk of cancer.
As a matter of fact, participants who ate a higher amount of citrus fruits had a lower risk of developing cancers of the digestive and upper respiratory tracts.
Finally, a review of 14 studies showed that a high intake or at least three servings per week, of citrus fruit, reduced the risk of stomach cancer by 28%.
According to the USDA, dates are higher in total polyphenols than any of the most commonly consumed fruits or vegetables.
Studies have shown that lycopene is a compound found in tomatoes that is responsible for its vibrant red color as well as its anticancer properties. This is why scientists claim that an increased intake of lycopene and tomatoes could lead to a reduced risk of prostate cancer.However, to increase your intake of lycopene, include a serving or two of tomatoes in your diet each day by adding them to sandwiches, salads, sauces or pasta dishes.