3 Cancer-Fighting Foods

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Cancer is the No.1 killer of U.S. Latinos, accounting for 22% of deaths.Beautiful Young woman cutting vegetables

Prostate cancer (22%) and breast cancer (29%) are among the most common types of cancer afflicting Latinos.

While in some instances cancers are genetically inherited in the majority of cases, they’re preventable with a good diet and plenty of exercise.

Here are top cancer-fighting superfoods, according to Health:

1. Berries
Berries are packed with phytonutrients, especially black berries which contain a high concentration of phytochemicals called anthocyanins “which slow down growth of premalignant cells and keep new blood vessels from forming (and potentially feeding a cancerous tumor).”

2. Walnuts
Phytosrerois—cholesterol like molecules “have been shown to block estrogen receptors in breast cancer cells, possibly slowing the cells’ growth.”

3. Beans
Researchers and numerous studies have found that black and navy beans can significantly reduce the risk for colon cancer. A diet rich in legumes increases the levels of butyrate, a fatty acid which prevents cancer growth.

Download Nuestra Cocina Saludable, a free bilingual cookbook with savory Latino recipes created by Dr. Amelie Ramirez and her team at the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio to guide Latinos on how to eat to protect themselves and their families from cancer.

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