Scientists name 7 foods that can prevent cancer

Anna CherkasovaSociety
Proper nutrition can reduce the risk of developing cancer

Health is the most valuable thing in the world, which is why it is worth paying the most attention to. Unfortunately, our desire alone is not enough to prevent serious diseases. For example, cancer has been one of the main causes of high mortality rates around the world for many years. Despite scientific advances in prevention and treatment, cancer still claims many lives today. However, we can still influence the risk of developing the disease.

We hear about the need for proper nutrition every day, but we don't always think about how important it really is. Of course, no diet can prevent the development of cancer, but there are foods that can help reduce its risk. AARP has published a list of them.

There is no magic food that will reliably protect you from serious illnesses, but filling your daily diet with healthy foods that boost your body's defences, help you maintain a steady weight, reduce inflammation and promote gut health can reduce your risk of developing cancer.

In addition, scientists say that an unhealthy diet devoid of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and dairy products can cause 5% of new invasive cancers worldwide.

So what foods should be in the diet?


According to a review by The Journal of Nutrition, it is important for the body to get enough protein, fibre, whole grains and non-starchy fruits and vegetables every day to function properly. Legumes (beans, peas, lentils, etc.) contain all of the above.

Thanks to their protein and fibre content, as well as low fat, they promote healthy digestion and intestinal function, which in turn can reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.


All nuts contain fibre, healthy fats and protein, which are essential for human health. In addition, some of them are enriched with other substances, such as almonds with calcium and walnuts with vitamin E. This is enough to talk about the benefits of their consumption.

At the same time, an analysis of available research published by Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Preventions indicates that nuts have a protective effect, especially against the development of digestive system cancer.


Vegetables of the cruciferous family (broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts) play an important role in reducing cancer, as they contain a molecule that deactivates a gene that affects the development of several types of cancer. Recent studies have shown that these vegetables can inhibit tumour growth.


An analysis of more than 19,000 patients with cancer showed that those who consumed about a quarter of a cup of mushrooms daily had a 45% lower risk of developing cancer compared to those who did not.

This may be due to the fact that mushrooms contain vitamins, antioxidants and nutrients that protect the body's cells and make the immune system work properly.


Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries are enriched with plant compounds that prevent the development of cancer cells. Nutritionists note that with regular consumption of berries, phytochemical compounds interact with nutrients and beneficial bacteria in the body and help it fight chronic diseases.

In addition, they are low in calories and do not affect weight, while being overweight is responsible for about 7% of all cancer-related deaths.


A simple and familiar porridge can be very beneficial. In addition to being one of the whole grain foods essential for human health, it also contains antioxidants and phytoestrogens that have a positive effect on the body, such as reducing the risk of osteoporosis, heart disease and breast cancer.

In addition to oatmeal, brown rice, bulgur, barley, corn, etc. have similar qualities.


All fresh fruit and vegetables are certainly good for the human body. However, tomatoes can be more beneficial in a cooked form, such as juice or paste. This is because the level of lycopene, a carotenoid responsible for the red colour of tomatoes and capable of fighting cancer, is higher than in fresh produce.

For better absorption, it is recommended to add healthy fats to tomatoes, as lycopene is a fat-soluble nutrient.

Cancer is a serious and dangerous disease that has already claimed many lives. Science and medicine do not stand still and continue to look for ways to prevent and treat cancer. However, today each of us can make a contribution to this fight. To do this, listen to the advice of experts and balance your diet by filling it with foods that have a healing effect.

Earlier, OBOZREVATEL told you about the extraordinary properties of mushrooms. Scientists claim that regular consumption of mushrooms can protect a person from developing cancer by 45%.

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