Fighting Cancer With Phytonutrients

These powerful food compounds outsmart cancer at the cellular level in six ways.
Phytonutrients are essential because they strengthen any part of the body where cancer is a potential threat.

Phytonutrients boost your immunity.
By keeping the body’s immune system in good working order, phytonutrients ensure the body’s natural disease-fighting capabilities are revved up.

Phytonutrients detoxify carcinogens.
They diffuse the impact of pollution, hormones, radiation, and other cancer-causing agents.

Phytonutrients block free radicals.
These help fortify cell membranes and DNA, so free radicals, disease-causing molecules, can’t trigger cancer-cell growth.

Phytonutrients imitate hormones.
Cancer cells use the body’s own reproductive hormones (estrogen and testosterone) to fuel their growth.  Phytonutrients, whose structure is similar to these hormones, fool cancer cells into absorbing them instead, halting tumor growth.

Phytonutrients cut off blood supply.
To get the blood they need, in order to grow, cancer cells secrete enzymes that trick healthy cells into forming new blood vessels.  Phytonutrients neutralize these enzymes, starving tumors to death.

Phytonutrients prevent adhesion.
The phytonutrients found in lentils and citrus fruits work to prevent cancer cells from adhering to the surface of healthy cells, interfering with the growth of tumors.

Among the foods that contain the highest in levels of phytonutrients and antioxidants are the follwing: tea, oranges, plums (and prunes), purple grapes (and raisins), berries, cherries, kiwi fruit, dark green leafies like spinach and kale,  pink grapefruit, broccoli,  beets, Brussels sprouts, tomatoes, dark chocolate, and red pepper.