5 Cancer-Preventive Compounds You Probably Don’t Know

You already know that fruits, veggies and other plant foods contain plenty of vitamins and minerals that reduce risk of many cancers. Yet some substances that help ward off cancer aren’t so familiar. Here are five compounds that add health and flavor to your plate.

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Foods That Fight Cancer

No single food or food component can protect you against cancer by itself. But strong evidence does show that a diet filled with a variety of plant foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans helps lower risk for many cancers.

Foods Can Fight Cancer Both Directly …

In laboratory studies, many individual minerals, vitamins and phytochemicals demonstrate anti-cancer effects. Yet evidence suggests it is the synergy of compounds working together in the overall diet that offers the strongest cancer protection.

 … And Indirectly

According to AICR/WCRF’s second expert report and its updates, carrying excess body fat increases the risk of ten cancers. Vegetables and fruits are low in calories, which help us get to and stay a healthy weight. Whole grains and beans are rich in fiber and moderate in calories, which also help in weight management efforts.

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