How Fruits and Veggies Help With Cancer Prevention

Did you know that you can actually prevent life-threatening diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes? Research has shown that eating a diet filled with whole foods such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds and healthy fats can reduce the risks of these serious diseases. Here are a few reasons why these foods are so beneficial to your health:

  • Plant based foods in their original form contain antioxidants, which help the cells in your body to function at their best. Antioxidants protect the cells from free radicals– they interact with the free radicals and help to prevent damage from occurring. Research has show that free radicals can lead to cancer, so minimizing the free radicals can help to prevent cancer. For more information about antioxidants, please read this article at cancer.gov
  • Fruits and vegetables contain vitamins and minerals which are helpful in restoring and healing the body. One of the most important part of their nutrition is they phytochemicals, which help to boost the immune system and fight disease. Eat a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables everyday in order to get the phytochemicals that your body needs.
  • Fruits and vegetables as contain other elements that are thought to prevent cancer, such as carotenoids, flavones, indoles, vitamin C, and selenium (just to name a few).
  • Studies have shown that a diet high in fiber can help to prevent many types cancer. Natural, plant based foods contain high amounts of fiber… whereas meat and highly processed and refined foods do not contain fiber.

Some researchers have suggested that 70% of cancer can be linked to diet and eating habits! The best way to decrease your risk for cancer and other life-threatening diseases is by eating more whole foods and reducing the amount of unhealthy foods that you are eating.

Take some time to asses your current eating habits and find ways to add in more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds and healthy fats. Every little bit helps, and gradual steps towards healthy eating is better than not taking any action. Try to include fruits and vegetables with every meal that you eat, and gradually increase the amount of fresh produce that you are eating. Your body will thank you for it!

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