Live Longer And Healthier — The Top Ten Cancer Preventing Natural Food

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When we are in early twenties, life is not as confused as we are told. It’s easy to take it for granted. We know there’s still a long way to go. Every move is brave and bold. Maybe start a new career, move to another country, or pursue a higher degree. No hesitation. No fear.  Does that sound like you? Then family becomes our top priority. Kids occupy the center of our life. Pain and happiness comes along. The deep desire in our heart reveals itself. We want to live longer and healthier. But how and where to start? Well, you’ve come to the right place. This blog is not only a place to share real Chinese authentic recipes, but a platform to inspire a healthy lifestyle. I am a firm believer that naturopathic doctor is the best doctor and the best cure is what we eat everyday. The greatest recipes are those that promote body balance while making an eye-catching presentation, such as the Chinese mapo tofu recipe and moogoo gai pan chicken recipe. 

Today I’ve compiled a list of top ten natural anti-cancer food that you can easily apply to your daily life. I wish you and your family a healthy life!

garlic

1. Garlic
Active Ingredient: allicin→ inhibit the growth of cancer cells
How It Works?
Allicin has a significant antioxidant effect which can reduce the amount of free radicals human body produces, and inhibit the proliferation and growth of cancer cells.
What’s The Best Way To Eat?
Garlic can be used in many dishes, such as stir-fry, vegetables, noodle, soup or easy easy fried-rice. Strong evidence has shown that pre-cooked food, such as sausage, is very bad for health as it contains excessive amount of nitrite, which will be transformed into cancer causing substance called nitrite amine. One way to prevent that from happening is to eat some garlic. However, eating too much garlic can irritate stomach, and even cause ulcers or hemolytic anemia. Therefore, the daily recommended amount of raw garlic is 5 grams (1 petal) and 10-15 grams (2-3 petals) or less for cooked garlic. Cut garlic to slices and let it sit for 10-15 minutes to allow maximum allicin form.

onion

2. Onion
Active Ingredient: quercetin→prevent atherosclerosis and gastric cancer
How It Works?
Onions contain many antioxidants which are conducive to enhance immunity, anti-cancer, lower the blood lipid and promote gastrointestinal motility. Particularly the flavonoids, quercetin and sulfide can help liver detoxification function. Studies have shown that regularly eating onions can reduce the chance of gastric cancer by 25%.
What’s The Best Way To Eat?
Fresh onion can be used to make salad, stir-fry with scrambled eggs, shredded pork, soup, fried rice or curry stew.

broccoli

3. Broccoli
Active Ingredient: vegetable and dietary fiber→ prevent colorectal cancer and gastric cancer
How It Works?
Broccoli contains a variety of phytochemical, blocking and inhibiting the growth of cancer cells. Broccoli is the catalyst of strong antioxidant and detoxifying enzymes. It can protect DNA organization, and  increase the proportion of benign estrogen metabolites, therefore, making it more difficult to form cancer cells. Broccoli is also rich in dietary fiber which can promote gastrointestinal peristalsis, help defecate and metabolism of toxic waste, so it can prevent colorectal cancer, gastric cancer and other digestive tract cancer.
What’s The Best Way To Eat?
The stalk should be kept and eaten as its nutrition is also high. The best way to eat broccoli is best broccoli salad recipe, steam or stir-fry. Cauliflower, cabbage, and Chinese cabbage are other types of Cruciferae, which are also good anti-cancer vegetables.

 

cabbage

4. Cabbage
Active Ingredient: indoles and isothiocyanates→ prevent breast cancer, lung cancer and esophageal cancer
How It Works?
Cabbage is known as the “white ginseng”, containing protein, carbohydrates, calcium, phosphorus, iron, potassium, organic acids and vitamins B2, C, K, U and other nutrients. It can change estrogen metabolism, help reduce the risk of breast cancer, lung cancer and esophageal cancer. Therefore, it is considered an excellent anti-cancer vegetable.
What’s The Best Way To Eat?
Shred cabbage to make salad to retain more nutrients. You can also boil, steam or do a quick Chinese cabbage stir-fry. However, people with poor digestive function, diarrhea and stomach deficiency should eat less to avoid gastrointestinal discomfort. Some of the ingredients of cabbage can inhibit thyroid function, so if you have thyroid dysfunction, it’s wise to avoid excessive amount.

 

Five Spice Edamame

5. Edamame
Active Ingredient: isoflavone compounds and proteins→ prevent cancer and coronary heart disease
How It Works?
Edamame is rich in protein, sugar, dietary fiber, lecithin, calcium, iron, phosphorus, etc. Like soybeans, edamame contains isoflavones, which can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and age-related macular degeneration.
What’s The Best Way To Eat?
When cooking with the shells, authentic authentic five-spice edamame is a good choice. Otherwise, it’s best to stir-fry the peas with chicken, pork, shrimp or tofu, or make salads or soup.

 

tomatoes

6. Tomato
Active Ingredient: lycopene→ reduce the risk of prostate cancer and ovarian cancer
How It Works?
Tomatoes are low-calorie vegetables, which contain carotenoids (including lycopene), lutein, potassium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C, E, K, P and other nutrients. Wherein lycopene a powerful antioxidant, combined with vitamin  A, B, C, E , tomatoes can inhibit the damage free radical has on cell chromosomal gene. Studies have shown that eating tomatoes can significantly reduce the rate of prostate cancer, stomach cancer, colon cancer, ovarian cancer, cervical cancer, and breast cancer by 40%.
What’s The Best Way To Eat?
Fresh tomatoes can be cut into small pieces to make salad. An interesting fact is that cooked tomatoes contain 2 or 3 times more lycopene than raw ones. So it’s a good idea to make stir-fry dishes such as Chinese tomato egg drop soup.

 

kiwi

7. Kiwi
Active Ingredient: vitamin C and yellow pigment→ prevent lung cancer, prostate cancer and colorectal cancer
How It Works?
A small kiwi contains 11 to 13 times more vitamin than lemon.  The yellow pigment can be transformed into progesterone substance that helps prevent lung cancer and prostate cancer.
What’s The Best Way To Eat?
Use fresh kiwi to make a fruit salad or add to your favorite yogurt.

 

grape

8. Grape
Active Ingredient: anthocyanins and resveratrol → anti-aging, anti-colon cancer, eye protection
How It Works?
Grapes are rich in fruit acids, calcium, phosphorus, iron and vitamins A, B group, C and other ingredients. Recent studies have revealed that resveratrol has a significant effect in delaying aging and anti-cancer areas. Grape skins and seeds also contain anthocyanins, proanthocyanidins and other antioxidants.
What’s The Best Way To Eat?
From grape skin, flesh to seed, everything is a treasure. Although grape seed can not be directly absorbed by the body, you should take advantage of the whole grapes using a blender to make grape juice.

 

green tea

9. Green Tea
Active Ingredient: catechins→ anti-cancer, anti-aging
Green tea is made from fresh tea leaves. It has anti-inflammatory and free radical scavenging effect. Therefore, it is thought to prevent cancer and aging process. Drinking green tea is considered the biggest reason of longevity of the elderly Japanese.
What’s The Best Way To Eat?
There are many types of green tea. Longjing and Biluochun are my favorites. Usually you should avoid using hot water, because it will destroy the catechins and other polyphenols. 

 

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10. Nuts
Active Ingredient: unsaturated fatty acid → disease prevention
Whether it is sesame seed, walnut, cashew, pine nut, pumpkin seed, sunflower seed, peanut, almond, pistachio or other nuts, they are all rich in unsaturated fatty acids, dietary fiber, calcium, magnesium, potassium, manganese, copper and selenium, etc. Walnut is rich in vegetable fatty acid, which is an excellent antioxidant and can help reduce free radical damage to human body.
What’s The Best Way To Eat?
Nuts must be stored in a cool and dry place. Due to the high amount of fat, it’s recommended to limit daily intake, about three walnuts or five almonds or cashews.

 

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