There are numerous foods which contain anti-cancerous properties all on their own, but some work together to deliver a one-two punch to make sure that cancerous tumors don’t develop. Green tea and tomatoes, for example, are high in special antioxidants and phytonutrients that are known cancer-fighters.
Tomatoes, as well as many other fruits, are full of a compound called lycopene – an antioxidant. It is a major carotenoid found in foods responsible for their red, orange, or yellow color. People who eat foods high in lycopene are known to have less incidence of cancer overall.
Recipes that utilize lycopene are also great for the heart, and can even reduce weight gain. Just one cup of cherry tomatoes contains heaping amounts of lycopene, as well as Vitamins C and A.
Green tea is also a known cancer fighter. Sipping on green tea sourced organically, and not full of pesticides, is one of the healthiest beverages you could drink. (Also, make sure your tea isn’t full of fluoride, as some teas can be). Green tea is loaded with antioxidants, having profound effects on the body. Just one of the compounds in this tea, called Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG), can help stop cancer, improve brain functioning, and even help maintain a healthy weight. One study published in the journal Nutrients calls EGCG one of the ‘most effective cancer chemopreventative polyphenols.’
A Harvard study on green tea says that is can help with the prevention of numerous cancers, including: skin, breast, lung, colon, esophageal, and bladder cancer. Indeed, the connection between green tea and cancer is astounding.
Utilizing anti-cancer foods together creates a synergistic effect, and can even compound their abilities to keep cancerous cells from forming. Food pairings are known to have increased disease-fighting abilities, so eat your tomatoes (or other lycopene-full foods) and drink your tea. A healthier lifestyle awaits when you do.
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Christina Sarich is a humanitarian and freelance writer helping you to Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and See the Big Picture. Her blog is Yoga for the New World. Her latest book is Pharma Sutra: Healing the Body And Mind Through the Art of Yoga.