According to a major international report on cancer prevention from the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR)and the World Cancer Research Fund, there are an estimated 1.2 million new cases of cancer in America every year. The lifetime risk of developing some form of cancer is one out of every two men in this country and one out of every three women. A new report from the AICR, Food, Nutrition and the Prevention of Cancer: A Global Perspective, suggests that cancer is a preventable disease. One of the top suggestions for prevention is to choose predominantly plant-based diets rich in a variety of veggies and fruits,legumes and minimally processed starchy staple foods.
This is good news for gardeners who not only eat a large variety of vegetables hand-grown from their own gardens, but love to do it as well. If you are growing a variety of vegetables and foregoing pesticides, you are probably well on your way to cancer prevention.
Here a few ways to produce a cancer-fighting garden:
It seems if it comes from the garden, it must be good. It is nice to know that all that hard work and sweat equity put into our gardens not only tastes good but may be life-saving as well.
Thousands of plant nutrients in fruits and vegetables interact in humans in a variety of different ways to protect our health. Here are just a few tasty foods and what they may do for us.
Are you not a fan of broccoli? You can still derive some of broccoli's protective benefits through a dietary supplement and tea called sulforaphane glucosinolate, or SGS.