Metabolic Balance® Wants You To Eat 10 Cancer Fighting Foods (part 2 of 2)

Apples – The antioxidant power in apples ranks among the highest in all fruits. Metabolic Balance® requires you to eat one apple a day.  Eating apples with a peel protects cells from cancer-inducing oxidative damage. Prevents the start of cancer growth. Stops continued tumor growth and promotes cancer cell death. Apples are also a good source of fiber and vitamin C.

Ginger – In studies, ginger is shown to fight cancer by causing cancer cells to destroy themselves. You can read more on the how here. Tumeric which is part of the ginger family, has shown promising results in the treatment and prevention of cancer.

Mushrooms – Researchers have been focusing on reishi, maitake and shiitake mushrooms in their studies and have found that mushrooms stimulate the immune system and increasing the survival duration of cancer patients.

Walnuts – Although many nuts fit into the category of cancer fighting, walnuts are the nut studied most by researchers. Walnuts contain antioxidant properties and are an excellent source of copper, manganese and magnesium. Metabolic Balance® requires you to start your meal with a bite of protein.  Nuts are an excellent way to accomplish this when you are eating out and about. Here is a health talk discussing nuts and weight control.   Just remember that nuts are a protein and if you have a full serving, it is your only protein for a meal. Talk with your coach if you need more clarification about using nuts on the Metabolic Balance® plan.

Salmon – Wild Salmon – Provides omega-3 fatty acids, a polyunsaturated fat, which has potentially beneficial anti-inflammatory properties. Ideally, you will eat two servings of fish during the week. A few weeks ago, we shared reasons to eat fish and we linked to some helpful articles regarding eating fish. If you want something to carry around, you can download a consumer guide to seafood created by the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

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The photo of ginger is by Tony Hisgett

Metabolic Balance® Wants You To Eat 10 Cancer Fighting Foods (part 1 of 2)

A healthy body fights off disease and has the ability to protect the body from illness.  Here are a list of cancer fighting foods you should add to your Metabolic Balance®d diet.

  1. Garlic –  Everything in moderation.  If you regularly eat garlic you are less likely to develop digestiv organ cancers such as esophagus, stomach and colon.  Experts are not sure how much you need to digest but a clove is a good guess or between 2 to 5 grams (Estimate by the world health association.) It is thought that protective effects from garlic arise from its antibacterial properties or from its ability to block the formation of cancer-causing substances. Warning: Garlic acts as a natural blood thinner and should be avoided by pregnant women, people about to undergo surgery, and people taking blood thinners.
  2. Berries – The idea of berries as anticarcinogens began in the 1980s, when Stoner discovered that ellagic acid, found in many fruits and vegetables, inhibited the tumors. He then found that berries contained high amounts of ellagic acid, and that black raspberries in particular had more of this compound than all of the other berries he surveyed. The compounds in black raspberries slow the growth rate of pre-malignant cancerous cells, and they stimulate those cells to die. Here are some Benefits of black rasberries:
    1. High overall level of phenolic compounds compared to other berries. Ellagic acid, gallic acid and rutin contribute to the health benefits of black raspberries.
    2. Anthocyanins in the berries work as antioxidants that help fight free radical damage in the body. The anthocyanin level of black raspberries is 214-589 mg/100g.
    3. The Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity level of black raspberries is 77 µmoles /TE/g which is about three times higher than blueberries.
    4. In vitro studies show that extracts of raspberries and blackberries may slow or reverse the growth of breast, cervical, colon, oral and esophageal cancers.
    5. Scientists from Ohio State University are now conducting human clinical trials into the effects of black raspberries on colon and esophageal cancer in humans.
  3. Tomatoes – 
    • Tomatoes – Outstanding antioxidant with rich a concentration of lycopene. Researchers have found an important connection between lycopene and bone health. A study was designed in which tomato and other dietary sources of lycopene were removed from the diets of postmenopausal women for a period of 4 weeks, to see what effect lycopene restriction would have on bone health. At the end of 4 weeks, women in the study started to show increased signs of oxidative stress in their bones and unwanted changes in their bone tissue.  In recent studies, researchers are looking into how tomatoes prevent cancer and protect your bones.
    • Tomatoes are best when eaten cookedAlthough the assumption is that fresh fruit and veg always have the edge over cooked or processed, canned tomatoes prove this isn’t always the case. Canned tomatoes are a better source of lycopene because the canning process breaks down some of the touch cell walls, releasing the lycopene, which makes it easier for the body to absorb.

  4. Broccoli, Cabbage & Cauliflower –These 3 vegetables can protect your cells from those crazy free radicals. They may also protect you from cancer causing chemicals and slow the growth of tumors.  Remember our Cauliflower pizza crust? This week may be a good time to try making it. Cauliflower is a great source of vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, pantothenic acid, and vitamin B6. It also provides choline, dietary fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, manganese, phosphorus, and biotin. And if that wasn’t enough, you also get vitamin B2, protein, vitamin B1, niacin, and magnesium.
  5. Green Tea – Catechins in tea help prevent cancer by keeping free radicals from damaging cells and possibly reducing tumor cell growth. Both green and black teas contain catechins so it is wise to add some tea to your anti cancer diet.

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Photo of tomato by Mr. TinDC