Healing Foods That Help Prevent and Fight Cancer

Healing Foods That Help Prevent and Fight Cancer

February is National Cancer Prevention Month and to highlight the importance of what you can do to prevent and fight cancer, guest blogger Liam Fisher from Cancer Research UK, the world’s leading charity dedicated to saving lives through research, has collaborated with me on a post on what healing foods you should include in your diet for preventing and fighting cancer. All of these healing foods help prevent and fight cancer.  I lost my father to liver cancer so anything I can do on my blog to help others to prevent or fight cancer is of utmost importance to me.


Here’s the article:


In this modern and enlightened age, we all know of the importance of good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle for prevention of disease. The mantra ‘you are what you eat’ has never rung truer and with so many people eating a diet filled with refined and heavily processed low nutrient foods, there’s a good question as to what future health problems they might be creating for themselves.


Cancer affects so many people in the world today and it has recently been discovered that around 10% of cancers may be linked to your diet. One fact that shows just how much diet can affect the health of our body is people who ate a diet rich in fiber had a 40% lower risk of developing bowel cancer than those who ate the least amount of fiber. If there ever was a clear indicator of the importance of a nutrient-dense diet for good health, this is it.


So, what should and what shouldn’t you eat if you want to give yourself the best chance of preventing cancer in the future? The first is to increase your intake of nutrient-dense fruits, vegetables, herbs, and spices. Why? Well, it’s because phytochemicals, antioxidants such as vitamin C, beta-carotene and minerals such as iron, zinc, potassium, calcium and magnesium, are found in these foods in great supply.


Colorful fruits and vegetables are renowned for being healthy for a reason and they are some of your best sources for large doses of phytochemicals, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fiber for vibrant health. Studies have shown that people who eat large amounts of fruit and vegetables on a daily basis have a lower risk of getting cancer.


Garlic, broccoli, onions, and tomatoes have all been singled out as very important foods when it comes to fighting cancer so try and get as many of these plant foods in your diet as you can. Other good foods to include in your diet are ginger, turmeric, and mushrooms which can boost the immune system, attack cancer cells and are full of antioxidants which help get rid of free radicals.


Cruciferous vegetables such as kale, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, collard greens, and broccoli contain sulforaphane which has been shown to protect against cancer, reduce inflammation in the body, and fight any free radicals which are putting stress on your system. Fruits such as blueberries, strawberries and raspberries are considered superfoods when it comes to their anti-cancer capabilities and they contain many nutrients which are great for maintaining a strong immune system.


Omega-3 essential fatty acids are very important when it comes to keeping the body strong and healthy as you age and can even help fight depression, type-2 diabetes and joint pain. Some foods which contain omega-3 essential fatty acids are raw nuts, raw seeds, and wild fish.


Once you’ve upped your consumption of healing fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices, and omega-3 essential fatty acids, it’s time to concentrate on limiting unhealthy options such as alcohol, foods high in refined sugar, refined grains, and processed or junk food meals which are low in nutrition but high in calories. Eating these types of foods regularly can make you very unhealthy overall, which you want to avoid if you’re concerned about cancer or your wellbeing in general.


When it comes to processed foods the rule of thumb is to try to eat nothing that you haven’t prepared from scratch yourself and to make sure your intake of alkaline-rich plant foods is high. Sodas, prepared meals, convenience foods, and most foods found in cans, packets or boxes can contain preservatives, refined sugar, refined flour, additives, and chemicals in them. In short, an anti-cancer diet is remarkably similar to a healthy diet in general, stick to it and you give your body a great chance at preventing or fighting off cancer.


If you are already dealing with cancer, there are still many dietary changes you can make that will put your body in the best possible position to heal from it. Including the healing foods which are mentioned earlier in this article which are high in antioxidants, phytochemicals, and fiber is of paramount importance to fight cancer cells. Stay away from any foods which are highly processed or artificial.
Eat an organic diet, free of preservatives and if your doctor recommends it take food based supplements to increase your intake of key nutrients. Refined sugar, which has been linked with the mutation and growth of cancer cells should be completely cut out as well as alcohol and smoking.


By following these guidelines along with adding in periodic detox cleanses, regular exercise, adequate sleep, pure water, and stress reduction, you should be able to give yourself the best chance of preventing or fighting cancer and living a healthy life for years to come.


What’s healing foods do you eat weekly to prevent and fight cancer?  Please contribute to the conversation by leaving a comment below.


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Liam Fisher is a blogger with CRUK, providing information and support to those dealing with cancer or who knows somebody who is. He writes about health-related topics, from dietary tips to the future of modern medicine. For more information on preventing and dealing with cancer, especially breast cancer, visit Cancer Research UK.



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  1. This is a life-altering book. Anyone interested in improving their health needs to read it! It’s a little technical, but in an era of “quick fixes” and crazy fad-diets, I found it refreshing to read a book based on extensive research and empirical scientific data. Most encouraging is that the foods that have been shown to be so helpful to improving our ability to defend against cancer, are good too – berries, tomatoes, cabbage & citrus fruits to name a few. Read this book – your health and the health of our nation will improve as a result!
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts Alfredo! Please let me know what book you were referring to so I can share it with everyone.

  2. thankyou for this share, this is a great article
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  3. thanks for the amazing facts
    most people start caring about their health after its already late
    happy i came across your blog today
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      I’m happy you stopped by and shared your thoughts Farouk! I hope this post helps others to really seriously take charge of their health with healing foods and good lifestyle choices.

  4. Hi Shelley,
    wouldn’t it be nice if people would adopt the great suggestions of this very informative post.

    Eating only what we prepared from scratch makes sense.
    Also eating food as much as possible in the form it grew, i.e. raw can help.
    Sprouts are a powerhouse of nutrition and can be grown in a jar.

    Thank you for sharing this.
    Love and Light
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Thanks Yorinda! You’re into eating healthy and your blog has some really great posts on digestion, growing sprouts, importance of using mineral-rich himalayan sea salt, energy healing etc.. that I have really enjoyed. Thanks for sharing so much inspiration and for all your feedback on my posts! Love and Light to you too!

  5. Thanks for this awesome post Shelley!

    It is surprising to me how many people do not think about what they are eating. Natural foods from our own kitchen work best! I hear people all the time saying that they have no time to prepare foods. Then they complain about illnesses. Go figure?

    Here you explain how to keep well and prevent cancer with foods. Thanks so much,
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Thanks Donna! You are so right about natural foods being the best. I know you follow a vegetarian diet with lots of vegetables and fruits which has helped you tremendously. I hope more people will start to make the necessary changes to eating more healing foods for better health and wellness.

  6. HI Shelley, This is a wonderful article I do know why you felt it important to share. I help out a friend in his green house during the summer months he grows mostly tomato’s in there but outside we have a huge garden. We do share the tasks of everything from weeding to picking to canning. Yes we enjoy these fruits of our labor all year long. This is a lot of work Shelley but not only do they taste better we also know they are much better for us. Thanks for sharing. More people do need to learn the importance of eating the right foods. Chery 🙂
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Thanks Chery for sharing your story! I think it’s fantastic that you have a huge garden and help your friend with his greenhouse. There is nothing like growing your own foods and you can keep them organic and pesticide-free. I sure the flavors are wonderful!

  7. Such great information Shelley. I know research says 10% of cancer is linked to diet, I think in the years to come they’ll find its much higher! Most of what our bodies need to heal and function is found in food. I love all the great suggestions and information.
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Thanks France! I bet your right about the number being higher. Foods have so many amazing benefits for vibrant health and that is why I really wanted to highlight the importance of healing foods for cancer prevention.

  8. Green leafy vegetables everyday! 🙂
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  9. What do you think is more important: eating superfoods like berries even if they are not organic or avoid those foods if not organic? My son LOVES berries but I cannot always afford organic ones. I feel like they are important in his diet though.

    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Holly, I understand why your son loves berries! Most berries are heavily sprayed with pesticides so it’s best to buy organic. Raspberries and blackberries are exceptions. If you can’t afford to do that you can go for other fruits that are high in nutrients and don’t need to be purchased organic. Also you can wait for the berries to go on sale at the market and then stock up and freeze them to use later. The best time of year for low prices on berries is the summer when they are in season.

  10. Last April I purchased a Vitamix blender, and since then I’ve daily been increasing my intake of fresh fruits and vegetables. It’s such a great feeling to know that I’m feeding my cells with super-fuel, and attacking the critters that are attacking my cells. I find that the more healthy food I eat, the more I crave the good food and wish less for the ‘unhealthy’ stuff.

    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Steve, I’m so happy to hear that the Vitamix blender is helping you eat more fresh fruits and vegetables on a daily basis! I love my Blendtec blender and use it every day to make green smoothies, blended soups, puddings, and salad dressings among other things. Thanks for sharing your story and keep eating those healing foods!

  11. I have to admit that I have poor eating habits because our daily diet is always consist of highly processed foods. As a mom, I’m having a hard time convincing my kids to eat colorful foods because I’m not really a veggie eater. But I’m doing my best to switch our diet to healthier one.

    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Samantha, Just try to do something every day to add healthier foods into your diet and before long you will find that you are eating more and more healing foods and less highly processed foods. Have apples or pears spread with nut or seed butters for a snack. Add some extra vegetables like zucchini, spinach and mushrooms into spaghetti sauce and serve it on quinoa or brown rice pasta. Some other ways to get more colorful vegetables and fruits into you and your kids diet is to add leafy greens and fruits into smoothies. These green smoothies are delicious and only taste like fruit and are great for breakfast. You can look around my site for lots of easy recipes for these smoothies.

      • I have the same problem with my husband. If he knew there was puréed beans in sauces. Shredded veggies in spaghetti sauce on non-wheat pasta. Supplements in his “milk shakes” and of course the best, setting a good example, walking the walk!

        • Shelley Alexander says:

          Kim I’m glad your finding ways to add more nutrient-dense foods into the recipes you feed your husband. Sometimes it can be difficult to convince loved ones that healthy foods are delicious and you have to find alternate ways to get them to eat in this way. Keep up the good work!

  12. Keeping away from too much sugar and anything that feeds the cancer cell such as protein rich foods will help. Thanks for a wonderful post!
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Thanks Norman! I appreciate your feedback. I do believe that you do need to eat protein which is an important macronutrient that your body needs for maintaining your health. However you don’t want to eat an excess of protein or consume protein that comes from factory-farmed-raised animals that are given antibiotics, hormones etc. that can be detrimental to your health. Eating a balanced diet that has good balance of protein, carbohydrates, fats, and micronutrients is one of the best ways to maintain good health.

    • Huh? I gave up all sugars and all grains and anything made from them in order to NOT get cancer. But protein? I don’t eat any cured or processed meats, but I have never read of protein rich foods being linked to cancer. Can anyone school me?

      • Shelley Alexander says:

        Kim, plant foods have protein and they are renowned for their cancer fighting abilities. Eating a balanced diet that has good balance of protein, carbohydrates, fats, and micronutrients is one of the best ways to maintain good health.

        • I not only eat from my freezer what I raised, I pay extra to have them dispatched at home while having their favorite meal so no fear hormones are released, they are not hauled, hazed, cornered or handled! But I eat plenty of home grown vegetables and happy eggs too. Just had never heard avoid protein rich foods, so had to HUH?

          • Shelley Alexander says:

            Kim, It’s fantastic that you are able to raise your own foods and that you treat your animals in a humane manner. Thanks so much for sharing your story!

  13. I would recommend anyone who is already dealing with cancer to go cimpletely vegan and mostly raw,it’s the best anti-inflammatory and cancer-curing nutrition.
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Meital, Plant food does have alot of benefits for helping anyone who has cancer. However, Cancer Research UK does believe that animal protein like chicken and fish also can be in your diet. Choosing to go completely vegan or raw vegan is a personal dietary choice but not a requirement for cancer prevention.

  14. Debmalya Datta says:

    These days are very stressful with constant smoking and stressful diet, with unhealthy munching increases our chances of cancer by leaps and bounds. I am trying to follow a healthy diet plan, to keep these diseases at bay.

  15. Cancer is the life killing disease which greatly threatens human life. The top anti-Cancer Foods listed here contains cancer fighting properties. Taking these foods cuts your cancer risk.

  16. Food For Cancer

    Thanks for the thoroughly researched post. Prevent and fight cancer with natural foods; this is good information.

  17. Yes, i agree with you that foods that are found in cans and boxed contain preservatives and chemicals since they are processed therefore unhealthy. These types of food can add to the risk of having cancer.
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  18. Nice article with an amazing explanation. And this is very clear and useful too. Thank you for sharing your blog with us.

  19. Hello,
    I read your article it is very informative. Many fruits and vegetable contain anitioxidant which has potential to inhibit from cancer. Gooseberry and hemp seed is also very effective in cancer.
    Cancer is very critical diseases and every year lots of people dies all over the world.
    Many studies are shown that people who eat huge amount of fruit and vegetable can decrease the risk of cancer.
    I agree with you Shelly that packed food and juices contain chemicals and preservatives and it is not healthy.

    Thanks for your wonderful post.
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  20. Great information related Healing Food which help in fighting Cancer. Oats, nuts, fatty fish, beans, Blueberries lower the cholesterol, thus decreasing the consequences of the disease. I think greater use of vegetables having more fiber content is also good for this very purpose.
    Once again thanks for sharing the information…
    Looking forward for more such such posts…
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