Published On: Fri, Feb 5th, 2016

How diet and lifestyle prevent cancer


Gigantic research has been conducted on the connection between cancer with the environment, diet and lifestyle in previous many decades and some facts have been disclosed that alteration in our lifestyle can strongly protect us against cancer.

The relationship between cancer and nutrition is very old. Though, a latest research study has recommended that two-thirds of cancers were accrued by chance, and hence, could not be prohibited. International cancer organizations and scientific communities denounced the report. A lot of them, to simplify this multi-factorial, difficult disease and simply blaming it on luck is giving the wrong impression and potentially damaging as it may dishearten people from making healthy lifestyle alternatives verified to avert cancer.

Cancer has supposed to be a serious percentage not just in the Western world but also in developing countries. Whereas hereditary tendencies do play a role, environmental triggers involving our lifestyle are required to convey those genes in main examples. The verity is that the food we eat the air we breathe and the options we take — be it to smoke, drink alcohol or not exercise frequently — are much related to our options of getting cancer than luck.

Specific elements in diet can assist to guard or hinder the procedure of cancer. Proofs constantly holds an converse association between cancer risk and intake of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, antioxidants, micronutrients for example vitamin A, beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, zinc, magnesium, dietary fibre, specific kinds of fat (omega-3 fats, CLAs (conjugated linoleic acid), MCTs (medium chain triglycerides discovered in natural coconut oil), pre and probiotics and dietary alterations to control weight.

CLAs can be got from dairy products. Probiotics can be greatest comprised by fermented dairy products (yogurt, buttermilk), dietary alternatives (probiotic drinks, powders, capsules). High fibre foods, for example, whole grains, oats, wheat bran, barley, isabgol (psyllium), soybeans and soy-based products, pulses, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, fenugreek seeds, garlic, onions, leek (similar to spring onions), carrots, citrus fruits are which hold prebiotics.

The foods which are elevated in dietary fibre may present an essential defense against colon cancer and also against the “Western cancers” —rectum, prostate, uterus and breast.

Cold-pressed oils, for example, mustard, sesame, extra-virgin olive oil; seed and nuts, for example, flax, chia, lotus, sesame, poppy, sunflower, melon, and watermelon, pumpkin are helpful for getting anti-cancer nutrients and gracious fats.

Garlic, turmeric, green tea, red wine, whey, moringa (drumsticks), wheatgrass, beetroot, pine bark, aloe vera, grapefruit extract, spirulina and a number of mushrooms, soy and soy products are very famous as anti-cancer foods.

About the Author

Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.