10 Cancer-Fighting Fruits and Vegetables
We've all heard that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Read on to learn about 10 other fruits and veggies that can help do the same!By Reader's Digest Editors
Broccoli contains sulforaphane, which may help to stop the spread of cancer throughout the body. In some laboratory tests, it has been shown to reduce the spread of tumors, and reduce the amount of carcinogens and free radicals in the body.
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2. Brussels sprouts
Brussels sprouts not only are a dark, green vegetable--which means they have multiple health benefits--but they are also a member of the cruciferous vegetables, which defend against free radicals. Try Brussels sprouts grilled or stir-fried for an interesting, healthful twist.
Red and purple grapes contain large amounts of resveratrol, which has strong anti-inflammatory properties and can stop cancer-causing cells from spreading in the body. Have a glass of red wine or snack on fresh grapes for a tasty and beneficial treat.
Jalapenos can give a punch to a variety of cuisines, but they also provide powerful nutritional benefits. They contain capsaicin, which may help to neutralize some cancer-causing chemicals. Spice up your favorite dishes by adding a few bits of fresh jalapenos.
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9. Sweet potatoes
Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of fiber and beta-carotene. Eating the skin of a sweet potato can add 5,000 phytochemicals to your meal. Opt for sweet potatoes over starchy white potatoes for added health benefits and flavor.
A rich source of vitamins A and C, watermelon has more lycopene per serving than raw tomatoes. Along with simply slicing and eating watermelon, try making one of these savory watermelon dishes.