Sunday, 19 April 2009

Eat Fruit and Prevent Cancer!

Did you know that April is bowel cancer awareness month? This type of cancer can affect both men and women and although the exact cause is unknown, research has shown that an inactive lifestyle and a low fibre diet can increase your risk! Red and processed meat, insufficient amounts of fruit and vegetables, smoking and excess alcohol are also contributory factors. However although we can’t motivate you to go to the gym, you will be pleased to know that fruit contains antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that will not only improve your immune system, but prevent cell damage which may lead to cells becoming cancerous. Eating plenty of fruit and veg, whole grains and nuts can supply all the antioxidants your body needs. Here are some examples of fruit high in cancer preventing antioxidants:

An apple a day does keep the doctor away! Apples have a rich fibre content and research has shown that the antioxidant polyphenol present in an apple can help significantly in protecting against the risk of cancer and heart disease.

Apricots are one of the richest sources of the antioxidant lycopene that can help your body to defend against the risk of prostate cancer. They are also very rich in vitamin A, a powerful antioxidant that can help you improve your vision and stay away from eye problems like cataracts and macular degeneration.

Blueberries contain pterostilbene, a natural antioxidant that mops up highly reactive molecules called free radicals that can trigger cancer growth. This antioxidant has been found to reduce inflammation and the rate of cell division in the bowel, which are both considered to be cancer risk factors. Grapes have also been found to contain pterostilbene.

Kiwi fruit
Kiwis contain a high level of vitamin C which has been shown to be helpful in reducing the severity of conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and asthma and for protecting against conditions such as colon cancer, and heart disease.
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