Posted in exercise & healthy living on Jan 08,2012
Probiotics – Scientists have found that the active culture of bacteria (found in foods like yogurt) and called Lactobacillus, actually helps to fortify the immune system. Studies have shown that the use of probiotics in the diet has triple the internal production of interferon which the immune system uses against tumor cells. Lactobacillus has also been shown to raise the level of natural killer cells and to slow down the growth of tumor cells in the GI tract. (See additional article “Should You Be Taking Probiotics?”)
Garlic – Garlic has been found to stimulate natural protection against tumor cells. It has been discovered that garlic is toxic to invading pathogens and tumor cells, however it is harmless to normal, healthy cells.
Carotenoids – Carotenoids and bioflavonoids absorb dangerous particles. They have the potential to stimulate the immune system. There is some evidence that both of these may be toxic to tumor cells. Carotenoids can be found in green and orange fruits and vegetables. Bioflavonoids are found in citrus, whole grains, honey, and other plant foods.
Cruciferous Vegetables – Broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, and cauliflower all have an active ingredient called “indoles” which have been proven to be protective against cancer. These vegetables are able to increase the body’s production of important protective enzymes.
Legumes Also known as seed foods. These foods have a unique ability to envelop tumor cells and prevent their growth. Add beans and lentils to soups, salads and rice dishes.
Others – Apples, apricots, barley, citrus fruit, cranberries, fiber, figs, fish oil, fish, ginger, green tea, spinach, and seaweed have the ability to slow tumor growth in various ways.
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