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Many of you that have followed my site have probably heard me mention that my father has a form of cancer known as multiple myeloma.  The Mayo Clinic lists one of the risk factors for this this type of cancer as obesity.  My father was over 400 lbs when he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in November 2010.  So, since that time I have spent a lot of time researching the in’s and out’s of cancer, such as possible causes, risk factors, how to prevent or treat cancer (naturally with food).  When I come across a good article that deals with cancer I like to share it with as many people as I can.  Here is a nice article I found on Dr. Oz’s website.

5 Foods That Starve Cancer

A microscopic tumor can grow up to 16,000 times its original size  in as little as 2 weeks. But new groundbreaking research from The  Angiogenesis Foundation proposes that you can stop cancer before it  begins to grow. This new preventive approach is called  anti-angiogenesis. To learn more about anti-angiogenesis and the  groundbreaking research at The Angiogenesis Foundation, click here.  Anti-angiogenesis encourages that, by changing the way you eat, you can  change your “internal environment,” thereby depriving cancer cells the  opportunity to grow and multiply. Certain foods, eaten in the  correct portions and frequency, can provide cancer-starving benefits.  Below are 5 foods to eat that can prevent cancer growth:

  1. Bok Choy This type of Chinese  cabbage contains brassinin; a powerful cancer-fighter, also found in  broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. Bok Choy should be eaten 3  times a week, in 1/2 cup servings to obtain its full benefits.
  2. Cooked Tomatoes have more cancer-fighting  properties than raw tomatoes. Both contain the molecule lycopene, but  heating the tomato changes its chemical structure and makes the benefits  more readily available to your body. You should eat 2-3 (1/2 cup)  servings of cooked tomatoes a week.
  3. Flounder This fish is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and low in mercury. Three 6-ounce servings a week is ideal.
  4. Strawberries The antioxidants in this berry help fight cancers. You should eat 1 cup a day, including the juice.
  5. Artichokes contain 3 different cancer-fighting molecules. Enjoy ¼ cup of hearts per day.

Additional Cancer fighters:

Broccoli – All cruciferous veggies (think cauliflower, cabbage, kale) contain cancer-fighting properties, but broccoli is the only one with a sizable amount of sulforaphane, a particularly potent compound that boosts the body’s protective enzymes and flushes out cancer-causing chemicals, says Jed Fahey, ScD. A recent University of Michigan study on mice found that sulforaphane also targets cancer stem cells—those that aid in tumor growth.

Berries – All berries are packed with cancer-fighting phytonutrients. But black raspberries, in particular, contain very high concentrations of phytochemicals called anthocyanins, which slow down the growth of premalignant cells and keep new blood vessels from forming (and potentially feeding a cancerous tumor), according to Gary D. Stoner, PhD, a professor of internal medicine at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

Walnuts – Walnuts Their phytosterols (cholesterol-like molecules found in plants) have been shown to block estrogen receptors in breast cancer cells, possibly slowing the cells’ growth, says Elaine Hardman, PhD, associate professor at Marshall University School of Medicine in Huntington, West Virginia.

Beans – A study out of Michigan State University found that black and navy beans significantly reduced colon cancer incidence in rats, in part because a diet rich in the legumes increased levels of the fatty acid butyrate, which in high concentrations has protective effects against cancer growth. Another study, in the journal Crop Science, found dried beans particularly effective in preventing breast cancer in rats.

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