phytonutrients: cancer prevention

In a magazine I got for free while checking out at a health food store in the area, there was an article titled
The Colors of Cancer Prevention – an article about phytonutrients which are found in most produce.

When my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer a few years ago a friend at school’s mom was also diagnosed. My mom went through surgery, chemo, and radiation. My friends mom chose a different route – essentially a completely raw diet. Both are cancer-free! Praise the Lord!

Anyway, the article reminded me of this suggestion to go raw instead of undergoing chemo or radiation so it sparked my interest.

Here’s the gist:


  • Allicin: garlic, leeks, onions, scallions, shallots
    • protector of the heart and defense against infection
    • lower risk of cancer, especially esophagus and stomach
  • Limonoids: grapefruit, lemons, limes, noni, oranges
    • help liver clear toxins from body and useful for detox
    • help to reduce tumor size
  • Carotenoids: apricots, bell peppers, carrots, collard greens, kale, lettuce, mangos, papayas, spinach, sweet potatoes, winter squash
    • boost immune activity, maintain eye health
    • lower risk of cancer, especially of kidney and ovaries; possibly help fight colon cancer


  • catechins: apples, berries and green tea
    • oral health, cardio well-being, bone strength, supporting weight loss, and protecting against arthritis
    • inhibit enzymatic reactions that promote cancer development and reduce tumor size
  • chlorophyll: green plants, barley, wheat grasses, chlorella and spirulina, leafy greens
    • detox, immunity support, blood cleansing
    • protect against genetic damage that may lead to cancer, especially of the liver
  • sulforaphane: broccoli (especially the sprouts), brussels sprouts, cabbage
    • protects against a micro-organism linked to stomach cancer

Red-purple and Dark-purple

  • lycopene: grapefruits, tomatoes, watermelon
    • helps to fight prostate cancer
    • help prevent malignancies of the stomach and lung
    • support for blood vessel health
    • reduce risk of asthma development
  • ellagic acid: grapes, pomegranates, raspberries, strawberries
    • reducing risk for hormone-dependent breast cancer
    • inhibit growth of prostate cancer cells
  • resveratrol: grapes and peanuts
    • help fights aging and supports cardio health
    • lowers glucose and eases diabetes symptoms
    • reduce colorectal cancer risk
  • anthocyanins: acai, bilberries, blackberries, black currants, blueberries, cherries, cranberries, goji, grapes, mangosteen, plums
    • fight cancer development at all stages

So, if you are like me and have a lot of cancer history in your gene pool (or have had cancer yourself), this just gives you even greater incentive to eat those fruits and veggies! If you don’t have a large cancer history, still an incentive to protect yourself from cancer development!



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