What you eat can drastically affect many aspects of your health, including your risk of developing chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Here’s a look at 13 foods that may lower your risk of these chronic diseases.
Broccoli contains sulforaphane, a plant compound found in cruciferous vegetables that may have potent anticancer properties. A higher intake of cruciferous vegetables (i.e. cauliflower, cabbage, kale, bok choy, Brussels sprouts) may also be associated with a lower risk of colorectal cancer.
Beans are high in fiber, which may be protective against colorectal cancer.
Cinnamon is well-known for its ability to reduce blood sugar and ease inflammation .Including 1/2–1 teaspoon of cinnamon in your diet per day may be beneficial in cancer prevention as well.
Research has found that eating some specific types of nuts like walnuts and Brazil nuts protect against cancer.
7. Olive Oil
Replace other oils in your diet for high quality, organic olive oil. Studies have shown that a higher intake of olive oil may be associated with a reduced risk of certain types of cancer.
Curcumin is the active ingredient in this spice. It is a chemical with anti-inflammatory, antioxidants and even anticancer effects.
9. Citrus Fruits
Eating citrus fruits such as lemons, limes, grapefruits and oranges has been associated with a lower risk of certain types of cancers including pancreatic and stomach cancers, along with cancers of the digestive and upper respiratory tracts.
High in fiber as well as heart-healthy fats, research has shown that flaxseed can be a healthy addition to your diet. It may even help decrease cancer growth and help kill off cancer cells. It is also high in fiber, which may decrease the risk of colorectal cancer.
The active component in garlic is allicin. Studies have found that eating more garlic could lead to decreased risks of stomach, prostate and colorectal cancers.
13. Fatty Fish
Fatty fish contains vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids, two nutrients that are believed to protect against cancer. In the meantime, it’s a safe bet that a diet rich in whole foods, paired with a healthy lifestyle, will improve many aspects of your health.