3 Little-known cancer-fighting foods to add to your diet
3 Little-known cancer-fighting foods to add to your diet by: Arsenio Toledo for Natural News
Feeding the body with nutrients that support healthy cellular function is essential to fighting cancer and can help people recover from this deadly disease. A great way to do nourish the body is through the consumption of superfoods rich in anticancer compounds. Of these foods, there are three lesser-known ones that can give the body the nutrients needed to stay strong against cancer’s onslaught: cacao, broccoli sprouts and tiger nuts. Here are some fast facts about these superfoods.
The cacao is the dried and fermented seed of the Theobroma cacao or the cacao tree. It is popular as the main ingredient in chocolate and, in its raw and less-processed form, is the purest product that comes from T. cacao that you can consume. Because of the processing that chocolate products go through, they lose many of the nutrients that make cacao a superfood. Raw cacao, on the other hand, has an excellent nutritional profile and is loaded with antioxidants. In fact, it has 40 times the antioxidant content of blueberries.
The consumption of superfoods rich in antioxidants can reduce the risk of cancer and other similar chronic diseases. Cacao’s beneficial properties that help fight off cancer are well-documented. One study published in the journal Pharmacognosy Communications showed that cacao has an inhibitory effect against some cancer cells.
Broccoli sprouts are potent killers of cancer cells thanks to their unusually high sulforaphane content. Sulforaphane is a sulfur-rich compound that can be found in other cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, spinach, kale and cauliflower. Sulforaphane’s strong anticancer properties include its ability to inhibit the growth of cancer cells by releasing antioxidant and detoxification enzymes that protect the body against carcinogens. Various test tube and animal studies have also shown sulforaphane to reduce the size and number of various types of cancer cells.