By Jonathan Benson
Industrial chemicals, synthetic food additives, and ionizing radiation are just a few examples of the many noxious substances in the modern world that are linked to causing cancer. But did you know that you can actually help protect yourself against this deadly disease by regularly consuming anti-carcinogenic foods and nutrients that have been scientifically proven to thwart the growth and spread of cancer cells?
It’s true. In addition to avoiding the various environmental and dietary factors linked to cancer, you can also proactively fight the onset of cancer in your own body by eating the right foods, and eating plenty of them. Here is a list of six powerful anti-carcinogens that you can begin incorporating right now into your everyday diet to help prevent or even treat cancer:
1) Mushrooms have long been utilized in ancient Chinese and herbal medicine protocols because they possess unique antiviral, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer properties. And mushrooms continue to play an important role in health promotion and disease prevention today, as numerous scientific studies confirm that these favorable fungi play a critical role in triggering apoptosis, or the death of cancer cells.
A 2005 review published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine explains how cordyceps (Cordyceps sinensis), maitake (Grifola frondosa), reishi (Ganoderma lucidum), turkey tail (Tramates versicolor), and many other varieties of the more than 38,000 species of mushrooms in existence possess unique anti-cancer properties, as well as other medicinal benefits (http://cms.herbalgram.org/herbclip/296/review44355.html). The shiitake (Lentinula edodes) and chaga (Inonotus obliquus) mushroom varieties are also powerful cancer fighters. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com)