Cancer remains a major killer. However, some cancers can be cured and experts believe that correct nutrition may help to prevent many forms of the disease.
How healthy eating can prevent cancer
Eating a healthy balanced diet from childhood can help you keep a healthy body weight. Keeping a healthy weight is important because obesity is the 2nd highest preventable cause of cancer after smoking.
Eating lots of fruits and vegetables has been linked to a lower risk of mouth, throat and lung cancer.
FRUITS AND VEGETABLES ARE IMPORTANT PART OF HEALTHY DIET AND EXCELLENT SOURCE OF MANY VITAMINS AND MINERALS, AS WELL AS FIBER.
Cancer causes one in every five deaths in the USA and estimated one in four in Britain. Lung cancer is most common form of the disease in Britain and is the highest killer.
2nd most common is skin cancer, which is seldom fatal if caught early. Indeed, many cancers can now be treated successfully.
There is a strong evidence that certain food can help to protect against cancer.
HOW IT SPREADS
Normally, body cells grow and reproduce is an orderly way, each cell fulfilling a specific role. By contrast, cancer cells proliferate rapidly and to no set pattern. Cancer is caused by damage to the genetic material in cells. This stage, known as initiation can be sparked by external factors, the most important being radiation, viral infections and certain chemicals
Free Radical Damage
An imbalance of free radicals encourages conditions that allow some cancer to develop. Free radicals are formed during the body’s chemical process and as part of its natural defence mechanism. Exposure to radiation, pollution or some foods sparks their overproduction, when they can damage healthy cells that may then turn cancerous. Some vitamins and minerals known as antioxidants and free radical scavengers counter act the impact of harmful free radicals. Diet also effects the production of hormones, which can be another influence or a cancer’s rate of growth.
A high fat, low fibre diet can lead to excess weight, changes in the way the intestines function and constipation, all of which potentially increase the risk of cancer.
For instance, cancers of the womb, gall bladder and breast are more common among obese people.
THE ROLE OF VITAMINS
It is Important to ensure that your diet provides a healthy supply of vitamins A, C and E. These antioxidant vitamins mop up harmful free radicals.
EAT PLENTY OF FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
Eat fresh fruit and vegetables for beta carotene and vitamin.
(2) Fats, particularly saturated fats.
(3) smoked or salt preserved foods
(4) Meat, especially processed meats.
(2) sunbathing without protection.