Our diets may have the potential to help prevent cancer. Nutritionists explain what foods are good for a cancer awareness diet and their properties to boost the immune system. According to the World Cancer Research Fund, 20% of all cancers are associated with the poor nutrition and body fatness. Here are 10 foods you should integrate into your diet to boost your immune system and prevent cancer:
- Green, red, orange, yellow, and purple vegetables can help the body with natural defenses.
- Leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables are rich in immune-boosting nutrients such as vitamin C and beta-carotene.
- Onions and garlic to detox the body.
- Orange and yellow fruits and vegetable to protect the immunity.
- Red colored fruits and vegetables to reduce cell division in prostate cancer.
- Herbs and spices which include anti-inflammatory agents.
- Fermented and probiotic foods to help nutrient absorption and probiotic levels.
- Nuts and seeds contain cancer-protective components such as oleic acid.
- Green tea contains a protective compound able to inhibit tumor invasion and angiogenesis.
- Mushrooms contain immune booster, 1,3-beta-glucan.
A new study, executed by the researchers from Oregon State University, found how sulforaphane, a compound in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables, can help to prevent cancer or slow its progression.
For their study, the scientists conducted whole-genome sequencing on normal human epithelial prostate cells and prostate cancer cells. They discovered that prostate cancer cells demonstrated high expression of IncRNAs, especially the one called LINC01116. When the researchers treat prostate cancer cells with sulforaphane, levels of LINC01116 were reduced, leading to a fourfold reduction in the cells’ ability to form colonies.
Lead study author Laura Beaver, of the Linus Pauling Institute and College of Public Health and Human Sciences at OSU, says: “It would be of significant value if we could develop methods to greatly slow the progress of cancer, [and] help keep it from becoming invasive.”
According to scientists, a prostate cancer can be cured by laser removal of the tumor and drugs, which are based on marine bacteria. However, they have noted that this method is acceptable only for the disease in the early stages. This combined treatment approach has bee already tested by 413 men. Prostate cancer was completely eliminated in half of volunteers.
One of the main advantages of the new method of treatment is that it does not have side effects. For comparison, the traditional treatment of this cancer can cause quite a lot of serious complications. Most often, it is incontinence and complete impotence. Most of the men delaying with treatment until a critical limit because of the high risk of such complications.
The substance, which has been recently tested, is developed on the basis of micro-organisms that live on the sea bottom in almost complete darkness. Firstly, the drug is administered to the patient and then held laser removal of a tumor. The principle of operation is that when the light beam enters to the bacteria, they are activated and destroy cancer cells. Thus, prostate stays completely healthy.
Currently trials of the drug are ongoing. Scientists note that the effectiveness of the new substance works only at an early stage of the disease.
A new U.S. study says that men with prostate cancer are more likely to get aggressive form of the cancer if their diet contains a lot of saturated fats from meat and dairy.
The study also found that the link between unhealthy fats in the diet and aggressive prostate cancer was also strongest for men of European descent compared to African American men.
Emma Allott, a lead author from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, says: “A diet high in saturated fat contributes to high blood cholesterol levels, which have already been linked to worse outcomes for prostate cancer.”
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