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How Fibre Helps Prevent against Cancer

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Mar 10, 2015
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  • Dietary fibre is cancer-fighting food.
  • Dietary fibre protects intestinal cells from infection.
  • Fibre helps maintain blood sugar levels.
  • It can regulate bowel function.

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The Cancer Treatment Centres of America have acknowledged dietary fibre as the cancer-fighting food component. Mostly present in the cell walls of plant foods, fibre enhances the digestive process and lessens the time waste takes to get through the colon. Furthermore, dietary fibre offers protection to the intestinal cells from infections.

Fiber and Cancer Fighting

Fibre and Cancer Forms

Breast Cancer A study by the Cornell University found evidence to support fibre as a breast cancer fighting component. Researchers observed a decrease in the risk of cancer by a modest amount in 11 separate studies. In these studies, fruit and vegetable-based fibre was observed as an appropriate fibre-type to reduce the likelihood of breast cancer staging. It is believed that fibre helps lower women's estrogen level by increasing the hormone's elimination.

Colorectal Cancer Several researches have linked fibre's effects on the digestive system and colon to the prevention of colorectal cancer, however, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association ruled out the possibility of eating fibre-rich foods for prevention of colorectal cancer after an assessment of 13 studies covering a span of six to 20 years.

How Fibre Affects Health

According to the Cancer Treatment Centres of America, the average daily consumption of dietary fibre should be 35 grams. Besides decreasing the risk of various cancers, fibre helps to:

  • maintain blood sugar levels in the normal range,
  • aid healthy body weight by creating a feeling of fullness,
  • maintain serum cholesterol levels,
  • decrease the chance of inflammatory bowel disease flare-ups,
  • regulate bowel function,
  • reduce cancer causing toxins by their absorption and
  • prevent tumours from staging further.

Fiber and Cancer Fighting

How to Increase Fibre in Diet

  • Choose organic foods instead of processed foods. For example, have whole-wheat bread and brown rice instead of white bread/white rice.
  • Fibre-rich peels of fruits and vegetables shouldn’t be taken off, however, they must be washed thoroughly before eating or cooking.
  • Plan your meals- ensure that your daily meal has whole grains, fruits, vegetables and legumes.
  • Snacking fibre-rich fruits and vegetables, such as baby carrots, apples, strawberries, oranges, raisins, dates and peaches.


If you suspect the development of cancer or experience any symptoms related to it, get yourself screened. See a doctor to confirm the existence of any disease so you can avail early treatment before cancer becomes untreatable.

Besides standard medical treatment of cancer, include plenty of fibrous foods (whole grains, legumes, vegetables and fruits) in your daily diet to avail myriad health benefits and increase the possibility of treating cancer.

 

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