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9 Common Foods To Prevent Colon Cancer

By Chandana Rao

There are a few things which scare us human beings to no end and one of them is fatal diseases like cancer and AIDS, right?

Yes, we can all agree to the fact that cancer is a disease which can destroy the lives of the patients, as well as affect the people around them to a devastating extent.

In fact, cancer is known to take the lives of thousands of people around the globe every year, regardless of the age and gender.

We know that there are certain diseases which specifically affect a certain gender or age group; however, cancer is one of those diseases which can affect anyone, at any point in their lives!

When there is an abnormal multiplication of cancerous cells in the body, it can lead to cancer.

Some of the most common types of cancers are colon cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, blood cancer, brain tumour and many more.

Now, certain diet and lifestyle habits can prevent a few types of cancers, is what popular research studies suggest.

Here are 9 common foods that help prevent colon cancer. Take a look.


1. Cumin Seeds (Jeera)

Cumin seeds are used to garnish and add a unique taste to a number of Indian dishes. Also, cumin seeds are used in the preparation of many natural medicines, as it has the ability to treat and prevent a number of diseases. A compound known as cuminaldehyde, which is present in cumin, can prevent the growth and multiplication of cancerous cells in the intestines, to prevent colon cancer.


2. Guavas

Guavas are a popular, tasty fruit that many of us love to consume. Guavas are rich in vitamin C, so they come with a number of health benefits, such as boosting your metabolic rate, improving your immunity, giving you healthy skin, etc. Also, the vitamin C in guavas can assist the cells of the intestines to fight off cancerous cells, thus preventing colon cancer.


3. Leafy Greens

As kids, we were always told to finish the leafy greens on our plates, right? That is because, leafy greens such as spinach, mint leaves, kale, etc., are loaded with powerful nutrients like antioxidants, iron, minerals and vitamins. The antioxidants present in leafy greens have the ability to prevent the abnormal multiplication of cancerous cells in the intestines, thus preventing colon cancer.


4. Bananas

Bananas are one of the most popular fruits among people globally. Apart from being tasty, they are also extremely healthy! Bananas are rich in potassium content, which can improve metabolic functions, energy, treat depression and have other such health benefits. Research studies have shown that consuming bananas on a regular basis can keep your colon healthy and prevent stomach ulcers and colon cancer.


5. Lady’s Finger (Okra)

Especially in tropical countries like India, lady's finger is a very popular vegetable that is used to cook dishes and meals on a regular basis. Okra is one of the best vegetables for treating stomach-related problems like gastritis, acidity and constipation. So, even when it comes to colon cancer, the enzymes present in okra can help prevent this disease, as these enzymes strengthen the cells of your intestine, allowing them to fight cancerous agents.


6. Fish

Fish is an extremely healthy food that people must add to their regular diet, as they contain powerful nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E, which have benefits such as aiding weight loss, improving brain activity and metabolism, etc. The omega-3 fatty acid content in fish like salmon has the ability to prevent the growth of cancerous cells in the breast, colon and a few other parts of the body!


7. Yoghurt

Consuming a cup of yoghurt, or curd, on a daily basis can keep you healthy in many ways, as yoghurt has a number of health benefits. Yoghurt has the ability to increase the number of good bacteria in your intestines, which are very much essential to maintain the health of your colon. So, when your colon remains healthy, the risk of getting colon cancer can be lowered to a significant extent.


8. Whole Grains

Adding a sufficient amount of whole grains such as barley, brown rice, millet, oatmeal, etc., to your daily diet can also help improve the overall health of your colon, which in turn can help prevent colon cancer. As whole grains are rich in fibre content, they can flush out the toxins from your intestines with ease, thus preventing cancer.


9. Peanuts

Consuming peanuts or fat-free peanut butter on a regular basis is also known to prevent colon cancer to a great extent, according to research studies. Peanuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and magnesium content, both of which can prevent the growth and multiplication of cancerous cells in the intestines, thus reducing the risk of colon cancer.

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Story first published: Sunday, February 4, 2018, 13:00 [IST]
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