They say, “You are what you eat.” Hence the simple conclusion – your health and your illness derived from what you eat. In the fight against cancer, in addition to complex pharmacology, help conventional foods, which – the essence of human life. The world health organization (who) has published a list of products that contribute to the overall strengthening of the immune system, have an antidepressant effect on the psyche, increase the overall tone of the body. But the most remarkable feature of these useful products is that they are able to stop the growth of cancer cells. Specialists recommend to adhere to the next rules: on plate always should be 2 / 3 plant products and not more 1 / 3 protein. Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, Bok Choi, cress and other vegetables that have already earned a reputation as cancer fighters. These vegetables contain indoles that stimulate the formation of a powerful antioxidant — the enzyme glutathione peroxidase. Scientists believe that indoles inactivate excess estrogens that can cause cancer, especially breast tumors. These vegetables also contain a lot of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant. For maximum safety of indoles, these vegetables should be eaten raw, or after a short steam treatment. Soy and soy products Soybeans and any products made from soy (tofu, tempeh, miso and soy sauce) prevent the proliferation of malignant cells. In addition, they contain isoflavones and phytoestrogens with antitumor activity. In addition, soy products reduce the toxic effects of radiation and chemotherapy. Onions of different varieties and garlic Garlic has chelating properties, that is, the ability to bind toxins, including, for example, potentially carcinogenic cadmium from cigarette smoke, and remove them from the body. It also activates white blood cells that absorb and destroy cancer cells. One of the most common types of cancer is stomach cancer, but regular intake of garlic and onion reduces the likelihood of this disease. Garlic in addition serves as a source of sulfur necessary for the liver to perform a detoxifying function. Bow acts similarly, although to a lesser degree. Both garlic and onion contain allicin, a sulfur-containing substance with a powerful detoxifying effect. Given that the liver is a universal organ that cleanses our body from any carcinogens and pathogenic microbes, the importance of onions and garlic can not be overestimated. Brown algae In brown algae contains a lot of iodine, which is necessary for the thyroid gland, regulating the metabolism of sugar (energy) in the blood. It is known that, starting from about 25 years, the thyroid gland gradually decreases in size, and many people with age find a lack of its function (a decrease in hormone production). If energy production is reduced, the metabolism of sugar in the blood changes accordingly, which creates favorable conditions for cancer. Brown algae contain a lot of selenium, which is a powerful antioxidant. Nuts and fruit seeds In almond nuts have leacril natural substance includes cyanidation substance lethal to cancer cells. The ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians and Chinese ate the seeds and bones of fruits such as apricots, believing that they inhibit the development of cancer. Flax and sesame seeds, pumpkin and sunflower seeds contain lignans in their hard outer shell. These are the so-called phytoestrogens (substances that mimic the action of the hormone estrogen), which contribute to the removal of excess estrogen from the body. Excess estrogen is known to stimulate the emergence of hormone-dependent cancers, in particular breast, ovarian and uterine cancers. Many lignans are also found in soybeans, tofu, miso and tempeh-perhaps this is one reason why hormone-dependent cancers are less common in Asian countries. Japanese and Chinese mushrooms Fungi Maitake, shiitake and Rei-si contain powerful Immunostimulants — polysaccharides called beta-glucans. In ordinary mushrooms they are not, so it makes sense to look for these natural Oriental drugs, even in dried form, in supermarkets and shops selling Chinese food. Use them in any dishes where mushrooms are added. Tomatoes In recent years, tomatoes have received special attention in connection with the detection of their antitumor properties. Tomatoes contain lycopene, a powerful antioxidant Fish and eggs They are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids that inhibit the formation of cancer cells. At the moment, the preference of fish species is given to flounder. Citrus and berries Citrus fruits and cranberries contain bioflavonoids that support and enhance the antioxidant activity of vitamin C, which these fruits and berries are particularly rich. Strawberries, raspberries and pomegranate contain ellagic acid, a powerful antioxidant that prevents gene damage and slows down the growth of cancer cells. With blueberries, we also get substances that prevent oxidative processes and slow down the aging process. Useful seasonings Turmeric (turmeric), – powder of bright yellow color from tubers of a plant from ginger family, widely used as a seasoning. Turmeric has good anti-cancer properties, especially in the treatment of bowel and bladder cancer. It can reduce the body’s production of specific enzymes associated with inflammatory processes, the number of which is abnormally high in patients with certain types of inflammatory diseases and cancer. Tea Both green and black contain some antioxidants known as polyphenols (catechins), which have the ability to inhibit the division of cancer cells. The most effective in this respect green tea, a little less – black, and herbal teas, unfortunately, did not show this ability. According to a report published in the Journal of Cellular Biochemistry (USA) in July 2001, these polyphenols, found in large quantities in green and black tea, red wine and olive oil, can protect against various types of cancer. Dry green tea leaves contain approximately 40% polyphenols by weight, so the consumption of green tea can significantly reduce the risk of cancer of the stomach, intestines, lungs, liver and pancreas. And are there products that, on the contrary, increase the risk of cancer or worsen the course of the disease? Such products exist, and it is first of all: Alcohol It was found that alcohol abuse increases the risk of cancer of the oral cavity, larynx, pharynx, esophagus, liver and breast. Women at high risk for breast cancer should generally avoid drinking alcohol, as taking even a few servings of alcohol per week increases the likelihood of developing this disease. Meat Consumption of meat with cancer or with an increased risk of its occurrence should be limited. According to several studies, a higher risk of colon and stomach cancer is found among individuals whose diet consists mainly of meat cooked in the culinary industry. Perhaps this is due to the addition of nitrites, widely used in cooking as food additives. In addition, meat contains cholesterol, and the consumption of fatty, high-calorie and cholesterol foods leads to the development of obesity, which is associated with a higher risk of cancer (breast cancer in postmenopausal women, endometrium, colon, gallbladder, esophagus, pancreas, kidneys). Recently, the data of scientists from Stockholm have been published. Swedish doctors summarized the statistics of scientific research, which was attended by almost 5 thousand people. It was found that with an increase in the consumption of processed meat products for only every 30 grams per day, the risk of developing stomach cancer increases by 1538%. According to scientists, the increased risk of cancer may be associated with the addition of nitrates and preservatives to these products. In large quantities, these substances are carcinogens. The second important factor is the impact of toxic substances produced by Smoking meat. Salt and sugar It was found that people who consume a large number of products prepared by salting are more susceptible to the development of cancer of the stomach, nasopharynx and larynx. There is no data on the harm of salt used as a seasoning, but moderation is also needed. Consuming large amounts of sugar is dangerous in terms of overweight, which, as already mentioned, increases the risk of cancer. Better replace it with honey.