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Fighting Cancer with a Fork (and a Cup)

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Blackberries are a source of polyphenol antiox...

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People who regularly consume plant foods (five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day) have a lower risk of developing cancer than people who eat fewer servings.  Some experts are recommending five to nine servings a day.

One possible reason (although not yet established) is the contribution of antioxidants (vitamin C, beta carotene, vitamin E, and the mineral, selenium. There are plenty of other antioxidants found in phytochemicals that protect the plants from harm by being able to repair the damaged DNA from exposure to oxygen, creating free radicals. The same benefits may apply to us.

Taking antioxidant supplements has not shown to be very effective against free radical damage, so it is becoming more and more important that we get these “helpers” from foods.  If you think you cannot possibly eat seven to nine servings of fruits and vegetables a day, here is an informative article from Shape magazine on some surprising antioxidant food sources (not all are plants).   Enjoy!!!

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One thought on “Fighting Cancer with a Fork (and a Cup)

  1. I totally agree: whole foods will get us the sufficient amount of nutrients that we truly need – not some chemically-based pill! Great post and I look forward to sharing more with you:))

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