Today, I am presenting the work I gathered for the Del Mar Fairgrounds Cancer Fighting Foods Class, Part II. If I would give you all my research, this would be a 2,600 word blog. Maybe I should write a book, but for the moment I’m giving you highlights, a ‘starter’ kit you can use to then do your own research.
As always, you are never going to take what I say or what others say in place of your own good common sense, and what a doctor may be advising you. As a former radio broadcaster I will also say that I am giving you research that 3-4 reputable sources said because when I see the same independent work said over and over I think we have a better chance of it being true.
So let’s start here: It’s not just about what you eat, but how it works, how it is processed in the body.
Great topic? Enhancing Absorbtion of vitamins in food. So here’s the advice I’ve heard from from the Consumer Lab:
Take vitamin D with iron
Pair vitamin C with Calcium
(A, D, E, and K) are likely to be better absorbed if taken with a meal that contains fats
Let’s jump to sugar. As you may know, I am writing/have written a 4 week series about sugar on Sugar Sobriety. And I always say: Sugar is sugar is sugar. Everything spikes your glycemic index and causes inflammation. But here’s something we also know: Maple syrup is lower in fructose than both honey and agave. Not that sweet syrupy stuff, but real maple sugar. Maybe that’s what you should pull out to sweeten things up, when you want to!
During these hot summer months some of us get rashes. We sweat more, maybe our legs rub together. Right? Some people have regular rashes and discoloration of the skin. Well according to many sources, Malic Acid is a lifesaver.
Here’s what Lifestrong recommend you eat to cure rashes: Apples, especially green apples, watermelon, apricots, bananas, rapes, blackberries, kiwi … oranges, peaches, pears and strawberries……They say that: Broccoli, beans, carrots, peas, potatoes, tomatoes and rhubarb are high in Malic Acid. Here’s a little drink you can mix up suggested to help with healing: 8 oz water, 1/2 Tspn Cinnamon, 1 Tblspn Apple Cider Vinegar, 1 tblspn Raw Honey. Although I know I said Maple Syrup is a better sugar to use, in some cases like this, it is being used as a homeopathic medicine, and personally I would not mess with the recipe.
I always want you to know they say you can be allergic to Malic Acid. Common symptoms that develop within minutes of ingesting malic acid are nasal congestion, sinus headaches, sneezing, wheezing, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chest tightness, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, skin rashes, hives and eczema.
So there you go. Proceed with caution!
There’s a list of things to eat to prevent and help cure cervical cancer. I think the best info is on Everyday Health. After you’ve read my article, you can go back through and click on all the underlined links to read some of my research!
Do you think that chocolate can help slow cancer growth? If you said yes you’re right. Read on……
Chocolates containing over 70% cocoa provide antioxidants. In fact, a square of dark chocolate contains twice as many as a glass of red wine and almost as many as a cup of green tea properly steeped. These molecules slow the growth of cancer cells and limit the blood vessels that feed them.
Did you know that dairy cancels out the cancer protection of chocolate? That’s why you should be looking at dark not milk chocolate.
Fresh ginger, or gingerroot, is a powerful anti-inflammatory that combats certain cancer cells and helps slow tumor growth. A ginger infusion can also alleviate nausea from chemotherapy or radiotherapy.
Turmeric found in curry powder, this spice is the most powerful natural anti-inflammatory available today. It encourages cancer cell death, inhibits tumor growth, and even enhances the effectiveness of chemotherapy.
Prevention Magazine’s Editor Susan Berg continues with this advice and agrees in her book about women’s problems and self healing:
Green tea is rich in compounds called polyphenols, including catechins (and particularly EGCG), which reduce the growth of new blood vessels that feed tumors. It’s also a powerful antioxidant and detoxifier (activating enzymes in the liver that eliminate toxins from the body), and it encourages cancer cell death.
Pomegranate Juice This juice, which tastes like raspberries, has been used in Persian medicine for thousands of years. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties are well confirmed; studies show it can substantially reduce the development of even the most aggressive prostate cancers (among others). In addition, drinking it daily slows the spread of an established prostate cancer by more than 50%. But please remember, she’s not talking about anything with sugar. Just straight, tart Pomegranate Juice.
Grapefruits, like oranges and other citrus fruits, contain monoterpenes, believed to help prevent cancer by sweeping carcinogens out of the body. Some studies show that grapefruit may inhibit the proliferation of breast-cancer cells in vitro. They also contains vitamin C, beta-carotene, and folic acid.
Studies show that consumption of green and yellow leafy vegetables has been associated with lower levels of stomach cancer.
Phytochemicals found in kale, are thought to suppress tumor growth and block cancer-causing substances from reaching their targets.
Mushrooms – There are a number of mushrooms that appear to help the body fight cancer and build the immune system – Shiitake, maitake, reishi …. attacks cancerous cells and prevents them from multiplying.
Nuts contain the antioxidants quercetin and campferol that may suppress the growth of cancers. Brazil nut contains 80 micrograms of selenium, which is important for those with prostate cancer.
I created a Vegan Potato Leek Soup on stage and told all my secrets about how to make it and make it good. That recipe is coming as a separate blog, along as well as (additionally) some great restaurant reviews of places I have eaten at recently.
Happy Healthy Eating,