April is National Cancer Control Month

By: Kim Beavers Email
By: Kim Beavers Email

Just about everyone has been affected by cancer in some way. While much has been done to help treat and prevent cancer it remains the second leading cause of death in this country. Not smoking, eating a healthy diet rich in fruit and vegetables, getting regular exercise, and limiting alcohol consumption and sun exposure can decrease the risk of certain cancers while also keeping us healthy day-to-day.

There are many ways our diet can help prevent cancer.

Research shows that a diet high in antioxidants and cruciferous vegetables can help prevent cancer. Antioxidants can help combat the harmful side effects of substances called free radicals that occur naturally in our bodies. Excessive free radicals can cause cell damage, which may lead to cancer. Antioxidants may help combat these free radials. While the research is not entirely clear on how antioxidants and antioxidant rich foods combat cancer it is clear that a diet high in produce is protective.

In addition, cruciferous vegetables in particular have nutrients that break down into a compound called glucosinolate. This compound is also being studied for the prevention of cancer.

Be sure to add these cruciferous vegetables to your diet as often as possible:

Bok Choy
Brussels sprouts
Collard Greens

These fruits and vegetables are great when added to salads or stir-fries. You can cook them on their won by broiling, roasting, grilling, steaming, or boiling them. You can also turn some of the greens into chips by baking them in your oven.

You can also find recipes using many of these by clicking here.

Until next time: Eat well! Live well.

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