Excellent Foods to Keep Ovarian Cancer Away

By:Meenakshi Chaudhary, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Dec 30, 2014

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Fight against cancer can be the most difficult one for anyone, however, nature offers some help to make it a little easier. Some foods along with proper treatment can support your fight against ovarian cancer.
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    Foods against Cancer

    Ovarian cancer is the cancer of the ovary. It is the fifth most common type of cancer among women after breast cancer, bowel cancer, lung cancer and cancer of the uterus. Epithelial ovarian cancer is the most common type of ovarian cancer. The exact causes of ovarian cancer are unknown, however factors such as the number of eggs the ovaries release and family history have been associated with ovarian cancer. While there are several treatments available that try to cure cancer including ovarian cancer, you can also fo your part to fight cancer. The food you eat can help you fight against ovarian cancer. Foods rich in antioxidants, such as vitamin C, lycopene, and beta-carotene, can be effective against cancer.  Here are some foods that can be your natural defense against ovarian cancer.

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    Spinach

    Spinach is rich in antioxidants such as lutein and zeaxanthin. Carotenoids in it can be very effective against free radicals and prevent the damage they do in ovarian cancer. Research has shown promising results that associate spinach in diet with natural improvement in cancer including ovarian cancer. A recent study of more than 490,000 people found that those who ate more spinach were less likely to develop cancer. Other studies also suggest that carotenoids in spinach and other foods reduce the risk of ovarian, endometrial, lung and colorectal cancer. Don't, however, overcook spinach as you'll get the most lutein from raw or lightly cooked spinach.

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    Whole Grains

    Whole grains are rich in fiber and can be very effective against ovarian cancer. But, it's still unclear as to how diets high in vegetables and fruits and components such as fiber and certain types of fats affect cancer risk. Whole grains contain several cancer-fighting substances including lignans, which act as antioxidants, and saponins, which could keep cancer cells from multiplying. Prefer whole wheat over simple wheat bread which may contain refined grains. Whole wheat bread sprinkled with flax or sesame seeds can provide even more lignans. Add more whole grains to your diet to fight ovarian cancer even more effectively.

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    Broccoli

    Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, kale, and cauliflower are rich in glucosinolate, a type of photochemical which produce protective enzymes. One of the most protective of these enzymes is sulforaphane. Scientists are researching how sulforaphane might reduce cancer risk, from detoxifying harmful substances in the body. According to a review of hundreds of clinical studies conducted for the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research, broccoli  is most protective against ovarian cancer and cancers of the mouth, esophagus, and stomach. Broccoli in your diet can help you fight ovarian cancer.

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    Carrots

    Carrots contain beta-carotene, an antioxidant scientists believe may protect cell membranes from toxin damage and slow the growth of cancer cells. And carrots deliver other vitamins and phytochemicals that might guard against cancers of the mouth, esophagus, and stomach. Some studies suggest carrots protect against cervical cancer, perhaps because they supply antioxidants that could battle HPV the major cause of cervical cancer. Moreover carrots contain falcarinol, a natural pesticide. Scientists in England have found that rats given falcarinol were less likely to develop cancerous tumors. Cooked carrots supply more antioxidants than raw, according to a report in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry

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    Strawberries

    Strawberries provide protection against heart disease and memory decline as well as cancer. A recent study suggests that strawberry extracts can slow down the growth of cancer cells. Strawberries are rich in antioxidants such as vitamin C and ellagic acid. Ellagic acid seems to have anticancer properties that rev up enzymes, which destroy cancer-causing substances and slow the growth of tumors. Strawberries also contain flavonoids, which suppress enzymes that damages DNA and has been linked to cancer. Experts consider strawberries and cruciferous vegetables as the best bet against powerful protective foods.

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    Tomatoes

    Tomatoes are rich in a phytochemical called lycopene, which is also a powerful antioxidant that can help fight cancer. Several studies suggest that a lycopene-rich diet is connected to a reduced risk of prostate cancer. However, researchers aren't yet sure if this is related directly to lycopene itself or some other compound. Lycopene has had been found to stop other types of cancer cells from growing, including breast, ovarian, lung, and endometrial. Lycopene protects cells from damage that could lead to cancer by boosting the immune system. To get the most benefit from lycopene, eat cooked or processed tomatoes, including tomato juice and pizza sauce.

     

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    Kale

    Last but not the least; kale can be very effective against ovarian cancer. Kale is very low in both saturated fat and cholesterol. It has high amounts of thiamine, folate, potassium and iron, all of which are brilliant elements to keep ovarian cancer at bay. Add more kale to your diet for best results against ovarian cancer.  A diet rich in fruits and vegetables including tomatoes, strawberries, whole grains, broccoli and kale to reduce the risk of further cancer growth. Also change your lifestyle and eating habits to favour your fight against cancer.

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