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Which foods have been shown to actively help prevent cancer?

Sadly, there isn't a food in the world that can cure or prevent cancer but there are many that can help. Here are seven of the best anti-cancer foods:

Beans and lentils contain potent anti-cancer compounds which can greatly reduce the risk of death from cancer. Research has shown that the protease inhibitors contained in beans make it harder for cancer cells to attack adjacent cells and tissue.

Spinach is a rich source of glutathione, a substance known to have a positive effect on the toxins that can create cancerous cells. Spinach is also packed full of the powerful antioxidants Vitamin C and beta-carotene which are also known to be beneficial in the battle against cancer.

Citrus Fruit
Citrus fruits contain a whole host of the naturally occurring substances that can help eliminate cancer cells. As well as high levels of Vitamin C, citrus fruits also contain limonoids which are believed to act as anti-cancer compounds.

Green Leafy Vegetables
Green leafy vegetables contain selenium and sulphoraphane which work together to have a significant effect fighting cancer. As well as spinach, try to eat kale, broccoli, and collard greens.

Green Tea
Green tea contains powerful antioxidants called polyphenols and catechins which have been shown to prevent cancerous cells from forming. Black tea is considerably less beneficial as much of health promoting properties are removed during the manufacturing process.

Blueberries in particular are packed full of antioxidants that can help disable the toxins known to trigger the growth of cancer cells. Studies have shown that people who eat a diet full of berries have a lower incidence of many forms of cancer.

Soya beans are rich in substances known as phyto-oestrogens which many experts believe can prevent cancer from developing. However, despite several studies showing positive links between soya and cancer rates, there continues to be some debate over whether soya prevents, or in fact actually causes cancer.

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