Top Cancer-Fighting Foods

Researchers believe that 60 percent of cancer deaths can be prevented by adopting a healthier lifestyle. Start with your diet: Work these 8 cancer-fighting foods into your daily routine.

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Dark Leafy Greens

Collards, spinach and kale are premium examples of dark leafy green veggies that contain both lutein and beta-carotene (a.k.a. vitamin A). Both are part of the carotenoid family and give food that red-orange color. They’ve been shown to help prevent breast cancer.

Green Tea

Scientific evidence suggests that the powerful antioxidants found in green tea (called polyphenols) help prevent breast, prostate, colon, stomach and skin cancer.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes contain the antioxidant lycopene, which has been shown to help protect against prostate, breast, lung and stomach cancer. Cooked tomatoes and tomato products like canned tomatoes, ketchup, tomato soup and spaghetti sauce contain more lycopene than fresh tomatoes. Watermelon, guava, pink grapefruit, blood oranges and apricots also contain the potent antioxidant.

Cruciferous Vegetables

These are veggies from the cabbage family including broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and mustard greens. They contain antioxidants that have been shown to help reduce the risk of cancer.

Red Wine

The antioxidants found in red wine (called resveratrol) have been shown to help prevent prostate, skin and breast cancer. The suggested amount: one 5-ounce glass per day for women and two for men.

Nuts

Nuts like almonds, cashews, walnuts, chestnuts and pistachios contain the antioxidant vitamin E, which may help prevent certain types of cancer. Many oils including safflower, corn and soybean oil also contain vitamin E.

Garlic

Several components found in garlic are thought to help prevent stomach, colon, esophageal, pancreas, skin, lungs and breast cancer. The active compounds are formed when garlic cloves are chopped or crushed.

Citrus

Oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruit all contain tons of vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps prevent cancer-causing cell damage. Not a citrus fan? Strawberries, kiwi, potatoes, tomatoes and bell peppers also contain the superstar vitamin.