Beets, Beans, Berries, Broccoli and Bran, five foods that begin with the letter B and each packs a powerful arsenal of vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants that help to fight cancer. I selected these foods beginning with B to make it easier to remember, there are of course many other foods that also possess cancer-fighting qualities.
To give you an idea of why these foods are so good for you, I’ve outlined the benefits below. If these are not foods that you normally eat, try gradually adding them to your regular diet. This will give your body a chance to adjust to the taste and effect of each of these foods.
The beautiful color of beets is one of the reasons this vegetable is so good for you. They are full of phytonutrients that provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and detoxification benefits that help to prevent cancer.
Full of fiber, beans are a great source of protein that is low in saturated fat. Beans are loaded with cancer-fighting antioxidants. Eat canned or dried beans, depending on which you prefer. Beans are an inexpensive menu item that can be eaten with most any meal.
Berries are packed with cancer-fighting phytonutrients, which have been proven to slow down the growth of pre-malignant growths and tumors.
Broccoli is full of vitamins and nutrients and it also contains sulforaphane to boost enzymes in the body and flush out cancer causing chemicals. Broccoli is very versatile and can be eaten steamed, grilled, boiled, microwaved, or eaten raw on a salad. Adorned with a sauce or just a sprinkle of salt, broccoli is one of my favorites.
Wheat bran is thought to accelerate the metabolism of estrogen, a known promoter of breast cancer. Eating wheat bran is also beneficial in the fight against colon cancer. Try adding bran to your morning breakfast or snack. Incorporate it into other menu items, so that you can enjoy bran at other times during the day and so that you don’t get burned out just having it for breakfast.
~ Karen Ficarelli
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