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Vegetables that stop cancer growth: The All Round Champions!

A landmark study pitted 34 common vegetables against eight different types of human cancer cells (breast, adult brain tumours, kidney, lung, childhood brain tumours, pancreatic, prostate and stomach). The study measured cancer cell proliferation in a petri dish under lab conditions and observed what happened if extracts from different vegetables were added (Boivin et al, 2009). Certain veg cut cancer growth rates; some stopped cancer growth completely; others had a weak effect, including carrots, potatoes, tomatoes and lettuce. One thing was clear, we need to eat a wide variety of vegetables as certain veg will work against one type of cancer but not another. For example, radishes did nothing to slow pancreatic cancer but eliminated stomach cancer cell growth. Orange bell peppers had no impact on stomach cancer but cut prostate cancer cell growth by 75 per cent.

What should you eat each day to stop cancer growth and for all round optimal health? For a full list of goodies, see page 41. In the meantime, scribble a few of these on your shopping list:

  • Fresh fruit
  • Dried fruit
  • Green or root veg
  • Salad
  • Wholemeal bread
  • Wholemeal pasta
  • Brown rice
  • Peas, beans, nuts or seeds

When you eat a variety of things from each of these categories, you'll get more than your fair share of vitamins, trace elements, minerals, protein, energy and fibre. You'll be fighting fit and on track to stop cancer growth.