Canning out Cancer, Food for Thought
Research links certain compounds in food to a lower risk of cancer. The Carrie J. Babb Cancer center offer ore information about cancer fighting foods.
When one considers ways to prevent themselves from getting cancer they may think to avoid the UV rays, not to smoke or chew tobacco and to have regular medical exams. While these are good things to practice there are still other preventive methods to consider. Research continues to link certain compounds in foods to a lower risk of cancer as your body’s environment is affected by your dietary choices.
Antioxidants are powerful fighting compounds that use vitamins and phytochemicals to help prevent cancerous cells from advancing. Your body produces some natural antioxidants to clean up free-radicals, a waste product created during cellular metabolism. “Getting more antioxidants through diet helps clean up free radicals faster,” explains Carol Morris, RD at the Carrie J. Babb Cancer Center (CJBCC) at Citizens Memorial Hospital (CMH). Foods that contain phytochemicals may activate cancer-fighting enzymes, act as antioxidants or inhibit cellular processes that allow cells to become cancerous. Food high in fiber can also help prevent some cancers. “Fiber helps things move through the gastrointestinal tract, so potential carcinogens are moved out more quickly,” says Morris. Omega-3 fatty acids, found in salmon and other coldwater fish are also important in creating a hostile environment for cancer.
There are many foods that contain antioxidants and phytochemicals, fiber and omega-3 that will help you fight against cancer; next time you go to the grocery consider picking up broccoli, carrots, walnuts, tomatoes, onions and blueberries.
In addition to having a healthy and well balanced diet it is essential that you don’t smoke. “The U.S. Surgeon General has reported that smoking causes cancers of the lung, larynx, bladder, esophagus, mouth, throat, cervix, kidney, pancreas and stomach,” says Morris. “It is also vital that you pursue physical activity, at least 30 minutes a day and know your family’s medical history. If you have a family history of a specific cancer, you may need to begin screening earlier,” she adds.
The Carrie J. Babb Cancer Center at CMH is located at 1501 N. Oakland, Bolivar. For more information about cancer fighting foods or services offered by the CJBCC, call 417-328-6010 or 888-328-6010.
July 31, 2013