Cancer-fighting Foods Table

Cancer-fighting foods table.

Table of foods that can prevent or fight cancer
Foods Effects on cancer
Avocados
May attack free radicals in the body by blocking intestinal absorption of certain fats; may be useful in treating viral hepatitis (a cause of liver cancer)
 
Beans
May prevent or slow genetic damage to cells, prevent prostate cancer, and lower the risk of digestive cancers
 
Berries
May help prevent skin, bladder, lung, and breast cancers and slow the reproduction of cancer cells
 
Cabbage and cauliflower
 
May slow cancer growth and development and help to reduce the risk of lung, prostate, and bladder cancers
 
Broccoli
 
May prevent some types of cancer, including stomach, colon and rectal
 
Carrots
 
May reduce a wide range of cancers including lung, mouth, throat, stomach, intestine, bladder, prostate and breast
 
Chili peppers and jalapeños
 
May prevent cancers such as stomach cancer
 
Cruciferous vegetables
(broccoli, cauliflower, kale,
Brussels sprouts, and
cabbage)
 
May help decrease prostate and other cancers
 
Dark green leafy vegetables 
 
May reduce the risk of lung and breast cancer
 
Figs
May shrink tumors
 
Flax
May reduce the risk of breast, skin, and lung cancer
 
Garlic
May increase the activity of immune cells that fight cancer and indirectly help break down cancer causing substances.
May help block carcinogens from entering cells and slow tumor development. May render carcinogens in the liver inactive
May lower risk of a variety of cancers including stomach, colon, lung and skin
 
Grapefruit
May prevent cancer by sweeping carcinogens out of the body and inhibit the proliferation of breast-cancer cells in vitro
 
Grapes
May inhibit the enzymes that can stimulate cancer-cell growth and suppress immune response
 
Kale
May help stop the conversion of certain lesions to cancerous cells in estrogen-sensitive tissues, suppress tumor growth, and block cancer-causing substances from reaching their targets
 
Licorice root 
 
May prevent the growth of prostate cancer
 
Mushrooms 
 
May help the body fight cancer and build the immune system
 
Nuts
May suppress the growth of cancers
 
Oranges and lemons
May stimulate cancer-killing immune cells like lymphocytes that may function in breaking down cancer-causing substances
 
Papayas
May reduce absorption of cancer-causing nitrosamines from the soil or processed foods.
May minimize cervical dysplasia and certain cancers
 
Red wine
May inhibit cell proliferation and help prevent cancer
 
Rosemary
 
May inhibit the development of breast and skin tumors
 
Seaweed and other sea vegetables
May help in the fight against breast cancer
 
Soy products like tofu
May help to prevent breast and prostate cancer by blocking and suppressing cancerous changes
 
Sweet potatoes
May prevent cancer cells from dividing, reduce the risk of cancer of the stomach, lung, colon, rectum, liver and pancreas, and protect against various types of cancer
 
Tomatoes
May combat prostate cancer and protect against breast, lung, mouth, stomach, and pancreatic cancer. May reduce risk of breast, prostate, pancreas and colorectal cancer. May prevent cellular damage that leads to cancer.
 
Tumeric
May inhibit the production of the inflammation-related enzyme cyclo-oxygenase 2 (COX-2), which reaches abnormally high levels in certain inflammatory diseases and cancers, especially bowel and colon cancer
 
Whole grains
May help decrease the risk of developing most types of cancer
 

Above: Cancer-fighting foods table