10 Anti-Cancer Foods You Should Always Eat

According to Department of Health, cancer currently ranks as the fifth major cause of mortality and morbidity in the Philippines. This fact simply means that more and more Filipinos die each day due to certain types of cancer. We all know how much of a burden it is to have cancer or to take care of someone who has it but due to our fast-paced era, we simply forget how to take care of ourselves more often than not. Technology nowadays is already considered a necessity while health-related activities or screening procedures have taken a  back seat. As a result, cancer cases have skyrocketed to unprecedented levels over the years and health care costs have become a burden for so many countries. For this reason, it is crucial for everyone to foster positive health practices that will decrease one’s risk of having the deadly disease. In addition to active lifestyle, effective stress management and regular cancer screening, choosing the right food to eat can also bring outstanding benefits for you and your family. And if you’re going to choose the right food to consume, then let it be one of these 10 anti-cancer foods that have brought medical miracles over the years:

1. Garlic

It’s strong flavor has made garlic a perfect addition to every delectable dish but beyond it’s crucial culinary role, garlic can also ward off cancer cells in the body. It can be an anti-cancer agent through two different ways: either by directly attacking cancer cells using one of its active ingredients (selenium, tryptophan) or by halting cancer cell multiplication by cutting off the blood supply towards tumors. There is no specific instruction regarding the ideal amount of garlic to consume but eating three to five cloves of fresh garlic per day, according to some medical experts, is already enough to kiss cancer risks goodbye.

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2. Tomatoes

Cooking shows have tomato sauce as a staple ingredient for their different recipes and if you’re a chef wannabe, the term “lycopene” will probably ring a bell. You don’t have to learn basic science to grasp its meaning because “lycopene” is simply a natural component of tomato products that can help you kick certain types of cancer away. It protects your DNA from being attacked  by carcinogenic substances and also serve as an antioxidant to keep yourself away from harmful free radicals. I don’t intend to promote any product but it has been scientifically proven that processed tomato products like tomato sauce have higher lycopene content. According to experts, 25 to 40 mg of lycopene is powerful enough to fight cancer.

3. Cruciferous vegetables (Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower)

These vegetables are rich in fiber which acts like a sweeper in cleaning harmful chemicals and free radicals within our intestines. Our DNA, if destroyed by free radicals, might eventually mutate into cancer cells so its essential for us to eat the best foods that will guard us from these harmful substances. In addition to that, cruciferous vegetables also contain antioxidants that naturally bind with toxins found in liver and large intestine.

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4. Green tea

According to a research team from University of Southern California, drinking green tea regularly can significantly decrease one’s risk of developing breast cancer by 53%. As an effective anti-cancer drink, green tea contains antioxidants called catechins which can protect our body by fighting off free radicals or by directly attacking cancer cells. You can choose between black or green tea but according to medical experts, drinking two to three cups of green tea a day will give you a higher amount of catechins.

5. Fish

By simply eating wildly-caught fish like salmon, herring or mackerel a week, you can decrease your risk of developing certain types of cancer like breast, prostate or colon by an astounding 94%! This is due to the fact that oily fish naturally provides Omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamins A and D, three nutrients that have been proven effective in fighting off cancer.

6. Mushrooms

Regardless if it’s Shiitake or button, mushrooms are rich in antioxidants and nutrients that can strengthen one’s immune defenses against infections and major types of cancers.

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7. Turmeric

I’ve used turmeric powder for quite a long time in cooking delicious curries and a specific Ivatan delicacy called “valenciana” that’s why when I learned that it contains anti-cancer properties, I was a little bit surprised. Well, don’t be shocked anymore because according to American Cancer Society, turmeric naturally contains curcumin, an antioxidant that helps to protect our cells from carcinogenic compounds and even kills tumors by shrinking them.

8. Carrots

Like other plant products, carrots are a natural source of beta-carotene, a nutrient that converts itself into Vitamin A whenever the need arises. Vitamin A has long been known to shield our body from major types of fatal cancers.

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9. Grapes

Moderate amounts of red wine or grape juice can help you build your arsenal against cancer. This is due to the fact that grapes or products derived from this fruit naturally contains resveratrol, an antioxidant that can either shrink cancer tumors or protect our body cells from destructive free radicals.

10. Beans

Beans like kidney beans are a perfect source of antioxidants as well. In addition to that, they can provide our body with a rich supply of fiber which will help us to get rid of various forms of free radicals and toxins.

Cancer is a traitor and anyone can be a victim. This is the reason why we have to do our part in battling this deadly disease. We can fight cancer by constantly educating ourselves about the do’s and don’ts of cancer prevention. Having a healthy lifestyle and being equipped with the warning signs of cancer can get a long way. Remember, health is wealth and before cancer can ruin our lives, let us be proactive and do all we can to have a cancer-free life.




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  • Tony

    Good Info, but I have a problem on fishes, I’m allergic to fishes. Baka may alam kayo n natural drugs for my allergy.

    Thanks -Tony

    • Manny S. Benasa

      Thanks Brod. Might as well be careful coz we are not getting younger.

    • Pag alergy ka sa fish dpat u need to eat fish para at times goes by masanay u na til mwla ang alergy mo.

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  • Thankyou for this article! We have to save our dear humans. Life is very precious. We have to conserve it properly!

    • nice to know that these anti cancer foods are not pricey. and good things kahit saan puwede mong mabili. hindi mo na kailangang magpunta sa mga malls.

  • Thanks for this article! This is very wonderful & helpful information you shared here. Keep sharing such info. 🙂

  • Dezzy from London

    My brothers and sisters the best ever Medicin from the Earth is Vitamin B17 which is been find in the Abricot seed please read also Genesis 1.29 just only to berify that i have truth on what i said to you please therefore to read that Wonderfull Scripture from Genesis 1.29and you will constate so very easyly that is truth is you still not believe or you have any of doubt you can can call me at 00447908698888 my name is Dezzy i’m Jehovah Witnesses i don’t need anu moneys from anyone i want only to share what Jehovah has given to me for free so therefore i give in free to of you don’t believe that is posible to be cure from cancer then why the Body can Heal when you cute yourself or you hurt yourself? Thing about this question and with this vitamin B17 can be curr from cancer even if somebody still smoking in continuing let me know i will give you gurther evidence about it

    • xeuz

      The greatest concentration is found in the seeds of the rosaceous such as the Apricot pits and other bitter nuts.

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  • Yong #3 cruciferous vegetables, ask q lang po, d po ba my mga chemicals po yan? it is still anti cancer? medyo malabo po ata yan. Malunggay po ay isa sa mga best anti cancer. Guyabano also lalo na pg ginwang juice (pure).

    • Lahat ng fruits and vegetables may chemicals na because of modern agricultural techniques. Nilalagyan nila ng Kalburo na ginagamit sa paputok para mahinog and tinuturukan ng Formaline na ginagamit sa patay para nman huwag masira. i recommend sis Natural Supplements itry mo. Try INTRA product from lifestyles. Heres the site – http://www.lifestyles.net. Marami na kong naexperience na nabigyan ng product na nabenefit. Anyhow the company is giving a 30day money back guarantee kpg hindi nabenefit, so nothing to lose. For more info just give me a message – 09069404936 (02)5314107 – nikko bundalian

  • Sa mga my cancer po lalo na yong breast cancer, kung wla po kayong plano mgpa opera, wag u na po ipagalaw, i mean ipa test pg myrun kayong bukol na makkta sa dib2 nyo. qmain nlang kau ng gulay lalo na ang malunggay at saluyot. wlang asin at vitsin o kahit anong seasoning. taz kain kau araw2 ng fruits lalo na guyabano at ubas. iwasan nyo rin po ang ma stress at mg puyat. iwasan din po ang mabbgat na trabaho.

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  • arvin


  • Good thing I’m eating all those food! Let’s be healthy 😀

  • abawayCic

    Dogs, cats, hamsters, fish, parrots – who do you prefer? Or dialect mayhap what that non-native animals – snakes, crocodiles, lizards, monkeys?

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