Frequent Fruit Consumption Can Boost Your Cancer-Fighting Efforts

by Jackie Edwards

The American Cancer Society urges adults to eat at least 5 servings of fruit and vegetables a day to help reduce their cancer risk and with good reason. We have known for countless years that fruit and vegetables form a vital part of any healthy diet. In recent years, however, it has become increasingly evident that fruit, in particular, can be of great benefit to cancer patients. 

5 Fruits And Vegetables

Not only can the regular consumption of certain fruits reduce the risk of developing cancer, but it can also alleviate the side effects of the disease as well as those associated with chemotherapy and radiation treatment. While fruit, in general, will contribute towards your overall wellbeing, the following have been proven to be especially beneficial to patients battling cancer.

Citrus fruit

Citrus fruits such as lemons, oranges, and limes are known for their cancer-fighting properties thanks to their ability to target dangerous free radicals in the body while boosting immune function at the same time. Citrus fruits contain high levels of the flavonoids Vitamin C and nobiliten that are known to constrain the growth of tumors. The highly-esteemed Nurses Health Study found that women who eat numerous servings of citrus every day are considerably less likely to develop colorectal adenomas than those who do not eat citrus on a regular basis. If you don’t like eating citrus you can always opt for freshly-squeezed orange juice that will pack the same nutritional punch as the whole fruit would.

Mangoes and berries

Mangoes are not only delicious to eat but also beneficial in the fight against cancer as well. The world’s most widely-consumed fruit, mangoes are rich in beta-carotene that may be effective in combatting prostate cancer, according to a study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health. In a supplementary study by Texas AgriLife Research, mango polyphenol extracts were put to the test against breast, lung, colon, prostate cancer and leukemia and were found to have an impact on them all, but most effective against colon and breast cancer. Of all the fruit and vegetable studied for their cancer-fighting properties, berries rank as among the most likely to reduce cancer. Blueberries, raspberries, and cranberries, in particular, are high in pterostilbene, an antioxidant that has strong cancer-fighting properties. Interestingly enough, mangoes and berries complement each other extremely well, especially when blended together in a nutritious and delicious smoothie or shake.

Apples & Pineapples

The phytochemicals contained in apples have several distinctive health benefits, according to researchers from Cornell University. The procyanidins found in everyone’s favorite fruit are known to induce apoptosis, or natural death, in cancer cells while the triterpenoids in the apple peel can hinder the growth rate of malignant cells. A German study further concluded that eating an apple a day may reduce the risk of colon and lung cancer by altering the metabolism of cancer-causing chemicals. According to the American Cancer Society, there are numerous studies that suggest that the bromelain found in pineapples can be utilized to help combat some of the common side-effects associated with cancer-fighting radiation. The same enzyme is also capable of breaking down the protective layer surrounding various types of cancer, rendering it weaker against treatment.

As harrowing as a cancer diagnosis may be it is important to make use of whatever reasonable means possible to fight the disease head-on. It is of even greater importance to aim to prevent the onset of cancer as far as possible – something which may be achievable by following a diet filled with a host of cancer-fighting foods. While healthy nutrition should not be viewed as a replacement for conventional cancer treatments, it can be used to complement them in a bid to provide yourself with the best possible chance of complete remission.

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