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Research suggests that only 5 % of cancers are hereditary. Which means the other causes of cancer — our daily habits, the lifestyle choices, diets we follow and our physical activities — have an overall much bigger impact on the risk of cancer. Here is a list of foods that you can add to your diet to help prevent cancer and keep other diseases at bay.

Peanuts and Peanut Butter: Rich in cancer fighting vitamin E, food like peanuts, peanut butter, almonds and almond butter reduces the risk of stomach, colon, lung, liver, and other cancers.

Apple: Loaded with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, apple is a fruit you can count on help you lower the risk of cancer specifically colorectal cancers. The apple peel is considered to be the most nutritious as the majority of the antioxidant property (80%) is found in it. Other cancers in which apples are known to heal are lungs, breast and stomach.

Tea: Since ancient times, tea has been used as both beverage and medicine. Both black and green teas contain numerous active ingredients, including polyphenols and flavonoids and catechins which are known to restrict the growth of cancer.

Garlic: It may stink your breath but it is super healthy. The same sulfur compounds causing that odour may also stop cancer-causing substances from forming in your body, speed DNA repair, and kill cancer cells. Want more? Garlic battles bacteria, including H. pylori (the one connected to some ulcers and stomach cancer), and it reduces the risk of colon cancer.

Pomegranates: Pomegranates are chock full of ellagic acid. In laboratory, ellagic acid has been shown to inhibit cancer cell growth and deactivate cancer-causing compounds. To take advantage of these health properties, incorporate pomegranate seeds into smoothies or use them to top off a bowl of yogurt or cereal. Other foods rich in ellagic acid include raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, walnuts, pecans, cranberries, and grapes.

Pumpkin: Rich in Alpha and Beta carotene which gets converted to Vitamin A inside the body. The yellow pigmented lutein, zeaxanthin helps to filter high energy ultra violet rays that can damage our eye’s lens and retina. Lab studies suggest that dietary intake decreases the chances of skin cancer related to exposure from sun

Source – http://www.timesofindia.com