If you are eating a heart healthy plant-based diet , you are already eating an anti-inflammatory cancer prevention diet. Research shows that plant-based diets rich in fresh and cooked vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean protein, low in saturated fats and red or processed meats coupled with achievement and maintenance of a healthy body composition can help to prevent cancer. The same diet can even help to improve survival rates in those already diagnosed with cancers. Adding some additional nutrients via supplements or foods can also be beneficial. These include; multivitamins, antioxidants, probiotics, prebiotics, omega- 3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, and vitamin D. This is not to say that eating this way is a substitute for traditional cancer treatments but it is an effective compliment and will help to enhance recovery. So in addition to a variety of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, try incorporating these foods into your meals.

A Cancer Prevention and Treatment Diet and AntioxidantsAntioxidants: berries, pomegranates, cherries, beans, artichokes, pecans, apples, russet potatoes, dark leafy greens, citrus, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, spinach, kale, carrots, mangos, oatmeal, whole grains

Probiotics: yogurt, kefir, miso, sauerkraut, tempeh and other products with live active cultures like Lactobacillus and L acidophilus.

Prebiotics: artichokes, asparagus, bananas, chicory, garlic, leeks, oats, onions, soybeans, wheat

Omega 3 fatty acids: salmon, sardines, cold water fish and fish oils, flax seed, chia seeds, walnuts

Vitamin D: natural sunlight, fortified dairy products, cereals, orange juice, fish

Anti-inflammatory: Include all of the above as well as broccoli, dark chocolate, tea, avocados, olive oil, pumpkin

As you can see, if you already eating a plant based diet with lots of fruits and vegetables and whole grains then you are most likely also consuming a cancer prevention anti-inflammatory diet as well.

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