Broccoli All cruciferous veggies have cancer-fighting properties, but broccoli is the one with a commendable amount of sulforaphane, an effective compound that boosts the immune system of body and helps in getting rid of cancer-causing chemicals, says Jed Fahey, ScD.
Helps fight: breast, liver, lung, prostate, skin, stomach, and bladder cancers
Berries All types or berries are rich in cancer-fighting phytonutrients. But the black raspberries have highest concentration of phytochemicals called anthocyanins. The anthocyanins slow down the growth and formation of premalignant cells and forming of new blood vessels (so not to feed the cancerous tumor), according to Gary D. Stoner, PhD, professor of internal medicine at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.
Help fight: colon, esophageal, oral, and skin cancers
Tomatoes Tomatoes' red color has cancer beating properties. Not literally the color but the carotenoid, lycopene which imparts the red hue to tomato, has strength to reduce growth of cancer cells. In a study conducted by Nutrition and Cancer, Lycopene was found effective to stop endometrial cancer cell growth, which causes nearly 8,000 deaths a year.
Helps fight: endometrial, lung, prostate, and stomach cancers
Walnuts The phytosterols in walnuts, doubts Elaine Hardman, PhD, associate professor at Marshall University School of Medicine in Huntington, West Virginia, help in blocking estrogen receptors in breast cancer cells and probably slow the cancerous cells growth.
Help fight: breast and prostate cancers
Garlic Phytochemicals in garlic have properties to hamper the formation of nitrosamines, carcinogens in the stomach (and in the intestines, under certain conditions) which result due to the consumption of nitrates, a common food preservative, says Béliveau. Iowa Women's Health Study found that women consuming garlic on regular basis have almost 50 percent reduced chances of certain colon cancers.
Helps fight: breast, colon, esophageal, and stomach cancers
Beans Michigan State University conducted a study which revealed that diet rich in the legumes, boosts the levels of fatty acid butyrate, which has negative effects towards cancer growth, when consumed in high concentrations. During study, it was found out that black and navy beans have reduced colon cancer rate in rats tremendously.
Help fight: breast and colon cancers