Among the health-obsessed, it seems like there’s a new wellness-boosting super food every week. But the more food fad-resistant among us will be interested to learn that three celebrated cancer-fighting agents have recently been substantiated by further studies.
According to findings presented at the International Research Conference on Food, Nutrition and Cancer, green tea, berries and spicy foods well deserve to remain at the top of the cancer-fighting menu.
Recent studies conducted at the University of Rochester Medical Center showed that green tea’s active anticancer substance EGCG halts cancer in its tracks, binding with pro-cancer proteins and interfering with their ability to activate cancer cells.
Meanwhile, researchers at Ohio State University found that high doses of ellagic acid, a phytochemical found in berries, can decrease instances of digestive tract tumors by as much as 80 percent.
And finally, Korean scientists are considering harnessing the inflammation-inhibiting power of spicy foods to inhibit tumors. Further research is underway on all of these foods, so keep enjoying them. You’ll likely thank yourself later.
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