The Best Foods To Fight And Prevent Cancer

In 2018, over 1.7 million people were diagnosed with cancer. At least 35% of those diagnosed will die from cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute. But there’s hope. Linda Kelemen, a registered dietitian at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, says that “up to one-third of cancers are related to food we eat.”

Although there’s no guarantee, increasing our consumption of certain foods may lower our risk of developing the disease. Some foods help because they have fiber, and others are anti-cancer because they’re colored red. These scientifically-backed foods all fight and prevent cancer in different ways.

Tea Time Is All The Time

While there is no evidence that tea cures cancer, there is some evidence that it may help prevent cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, tea’s antioxidants may stall cancerous growth. In animal studies, tea catechins prohibited cancer cells from invading the body.

Tea pours out of a tea pot into a porcelain cup on a table.
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The type of tea you drink largely depends on personal preference. Black tea contains more antioxidants than green tea, but fewer catechins. Green tea offers more catechins and less caffeine than black tea. Remember that drinking tea isn’t guaranteeing that you won’t get cancer, but it will supply you with healthy nutrients.