Vegetables — Do they help Prevent Cancer?
Cancer is a big word. It has a lot of different meanings so when we talk about foods that prevent or decrease the risk of cancer it is important that we be more specific. When it comes to vegetables, they do help prevent cancer. Let's explore how this works.
Vegetables and their Components
Vegetables are made of things. Things like fiber, vitamins, essential nutrients, cellulose, and a variety of other components. When it comes to reducing the risk of cancer, things like fiber, vitamins and essential nutrients help.
Fiber — It's Powerful
There are two basic kinds of fiber — soluble (dissolves in water) and insoluble. Soluble fiber is excellent because it helps absorb fats and toxin that make it into our bloodstream. Insoluble fiber helps to maintain intestinal health and it help to absorb fat and toxins before they make it to the bloodstream. In that way, vegetables that are high in fiber help us maintain a healthy weight, keep our intestines clean and those actions reduce our risk of colon and intestinal cancers.
Phytonutrients and Vegetables
A phytonutrient — Phyto means plant so a phytonutrient is a chemical that is plant based and that helps to protect against something. In the case of humans, some vegetable nutrients help to protect against cancer. For example, carrots have carotenoids which help to protect against toxins (free radicals) on a cellular level. The lycopene found in tomatoes helps to lower the risk of prostate cancer. Spinach, kale, and other leafy greens have lutein which is helpful in preventing cataracts.
It is not just Vegetables, but Fruit Too
Raspberries, pomegranates and even strawberries all have Ellagic Acid which is science things help to slow down the grown of cancers.
If you are interested in finding out more about how vegetables and fruit help lower the risk of cancer, then head over to the Metabolic Research Center. There you will find a new type of healthy eating that promotes good taste and improved weight loss and health. In the meantime stock up on vegetables and fruit. You can spot phytonutrient-rich vegetables by their bright colors, especially those that are purple.
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