Cancer-Fighting Foods

No one food offers a golden ticket to fighting cancer, but a smart combination of eight “cancer-blocking” foods offers the strongest protection and contributes to overall health. By Maureen Callahan, MS, RD

All Types of Berries
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All Types of Berries

Because they’re good sources of Vitamin C and fiber, berries help to protect against esophogeal and colorectal cancers. They’re also rich in powerful disease-fighting antioxidants called anthocyanidins (a pigment that tints plants blue, red, and purple). Strawberries and raspberries carry high levels of ellagic acid and research suggest this compound tackles cancer on a couple of different fronts, slowing reproduction of cancer cells, deactivating some carcinogens, and acting as an antioxidant. Enjoy berries fresh or frozen (sans sugary syrup) for the most benefits.

Recipe: Strawberry-Avocado Salsa with Cinnamon Tortilla Chips  

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