#HLWDK Daily Health Tips: Berries ANd Lung Cancer?!


Still on cancer, did you know that studies have shown that eating fruits, including berries, probably decreases the risk of lung cancer and could prevent cancers of the mouth, esophagus, and stomach? Remember it’s lung cancer awareness month!
 
Here are 5 super foods readily available in our environment that help prevent cancer:
• Garlic
Funny…but it could very well be the sulfur compounds causing that odor that also stop cancer-causing substances from forming in your body, speed DNA repair, and kill cancer cells :D…..talk about a stinky idea!!
Garlic also battles bacteria, including H. pylori (the one connected to some ulcers and stomach cancer), and it reduces the risk of colon cancer.
To get the most benefit, peel and chop the cloves and let them sit 15 to 20 minutes before cooking. That activates enzymes and releases the sulfur-containing compounds that have the most protective effect
And…by the way, stick with the cloves, not the dietary supplement.
• Carrots
Carrots contain beta-carotene, an antioxidant believed to protect cell membranes from toxin damage and slow the growth of cancer cells. They also deliver other vitamins and phytochemicals that might guard against cancers of the mouth, esophagus, and stomach.
Some studies have suggested that cooked carrots supply more antioxidants than raw. If you’re cooking carrots, leave them whole while steaming or boiling, and cut them after they’re done. That reduces the loss of nutrients and gives them a sweeter taste as well.
• Dark green leafy vegetables
Green leafy vegetables are rich in substances that are thought to protect against cancer of the mouth, esophagus, and stomach.
These vegetables are also rich in folic acid which helps your body produce new cells and repair DNA, and is especially important for women of childbearing age because it can prevent neural tube defects in a developing fetus . You get the most of these nutrients when the leaves are eaten raw or slightly cooked. So please don’t smother them in oil!!!
 
• Whole Grains
Whole grains have a lot of fiber and contain other substances that might battle cancer;
So stock up on 100% whole wheat bread (not white bread), ofada or brown rice as opposed to polished white rice and oats instead of sugary cereals.
 
• Strawberries
Berries are thought to protect against heart disease, memory decline and cancer
Strawberries are rich in antioxidants which are thought to destroy cancer-causing substances and slow the growth of tumors.
Other types of berries like raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and cranberries are also good sources of these anti-oxidants. They can be found fresh or frozen at big supermarkets in major cities.
 
Good night y’all
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