Protecting Children from Cancer through Nutrition

In 2012, more than 600,000 Americans died of cancer. In fact, it’s the second most common cause of death in the US after heart diseases. These startling statistics are enough to prove that nearly one in four people have died or will continue to die of cancer. The sad part is anyone can develop cancer, even children, although the older a person gets, his/her chances of developing cancer increases.

Nonetheless, the good news is that if a child eats healthy, the risk of him/her developing cancer certainly reduces. Research has shown that there are some foods that show cancer-fighting abilities and can help in preventing cancer in children. Including these foods in their daily diet will go a long way in maximizing the child’s health and staying ahead of cancer.

*The Super Healthy Garlic*

Garlic contains sulphur compounds that cause garlic breath. However, they are the very same compounds that can prevent cancer-causing substances from being formed in a body, kill cancer cells and also quicken DNA repair. Garlic is known to battle bacteria like H. pylori that is the cause of stomach cancer. It also lessens the risk of colon cancer.

To get the maximum benefit, garlic needs to be peeled and chopped. By leaving it as is for about 15 to 20 minutes before cooking releases sulphur compounds and activates the enzymes that have the maximum protective effect.

Although, garlic is the main ingredient, some research suggests that chives, leeks, onions, and scallions can protect against stomach cancer too.

*Rich in Antioxidants-Strawberries*

Who does not love strawberries? In fact, all berry fruits like cranberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries are rich in flavonoids. Flavonoids are known to suppress an enzyme that is linked to lung cancer. On the other hand, strawberries contain ellagic acid and Vitamin C. During laboratory tests, ellagic acid showed anticancer properties that can slow the growth of tumors and wipe out substances that cause cancer.

*Best Eaten when Cooked-Carrots*

Loaded with disease-fighting nutrients, carrots contain an antioxidant called beta-carotene. Research has shown that beta-carotene slows the growth of cancer cells and also shields the cell membranes from toxin damage. Carrots also contain other phytochemicals and vitamins that guard against cancers of the stomach, esophagus and mouth.

The best way to eat a carrot is when it’s cooked. Carrots need to be boiled or steamed without cutting. Cutting carrots after it’s cooked preserves its nutrients and also gives them a sweeter taste.

Some other foods that can prevent cancer are spinach and whole grains. Including all or some these foods in a child’s diet will definitely prevent him/her from developing cancer and leading a healthier life.

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