Dairy products like milk, kefir, yogurt, cheese, and, of course, whey and casein proteins aren’t only some of the most anabolic proteins you can consume, they’ve also been suggested to help prevent cancer. Studies have found that dairy consumption is associated with a reduced risk of colorectal, breast, bladder, ovarian, and prostate cancer.
“DAIRY PRODUCTS AREN’T ONLY SOME OF THE MOST ANABOLIC PROTEINS YOU CAN CONSUME, THEY’VE ALSO BEEN SUGGESTED TO HELP PREVENT CANCER.”
You may have heard the complete opposite from scaremongers citing studies that suggest eating dairy products actually increases the risk of cancer. However, a recent massive review paper concluded that the long-standing and well-proven beneficial effects of dairy on cancer prevention far outweigh the unproven negative effects. The researchers clearly stated there’s no evidence that milk consumption might increase death from any condition.
They also noted that, while there may be occasional reports about the possible causative effect of milk consumption on some types of cancer, it must be remembered that not only are there far more published studies showing a beneficial impact from dairy consumption, but that there’s ample convincing evidence through thousands of years of consumption of dairy products that shows their definitive impact on health maintenance, survival, and longevity.
A recent study by UK researchers reported that men who consumed at least 10 servings per week of tomatoes or tomato products, such as tomato sauce, tomato juice, and ketchup, had an almost 20 percent reduced risk of developing prostate cancer. This new data backs up earlier research that showed a 35 percent reduction in the risk of prostate cancer.
Tomatoes’ health-boosting benefits are attributed to the presence of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that fights compounds that can cause cell and DNA damage. One serving of tomatoes consists of one medium tomato, seven cherry tomatoes, or a five-ounce glass of tomato juice.
3. DARK CHOCOLATE
Chocoholics rejoice! Research confirms that the flavanols in cocoa can reduce the risk of cancer, specifically colorectal cancer. The colon is very susceptible to the overproduction of reactive oxygen species (ROS), which can provoke the production of cancerous cells. Flavanols work to neutralize ROS, and cocoa has one of the highest flavanol content of all foods. By neutralizing ROS, cocoa’s flavanols may help to prevent the damage and the production of cancerous cells.
No need to feel guilty about your coffee vice. The antioxidant compounds in java appear to provide benefits for fending off prostate cancer. A recent study in “Cancer Causes & Control” reported that, in more than 1,000 male prostate-cancer survivors, those who consumed four cups of coffee per day or more had about a 60 percent reduced risk of recurrence or progression when compared to men who drank one or fewer cups of coffee per week.
This data supports earlier findings from Harvard’s Health Professionals Follow-Up Study (HPFS) that reported that men who drank six or more cups of coffee per day had a 60 percent decreased risk of lethal prostate cancer compared to men who abstained from coffee.
“NO NEED TO FEEL GUILTY ABOUT YOUR COFFEE VICE. THE ANTIOXIDANT COMPOUNDS IN JAVA APPEAR TO PROVIDE BENEFITS FOR FENDING OFF PROSTATE CANCER.”
Coffee has also been linked to a healthy liver. Research suggests that coffee drinkers may have as much as a 50 percent reduced risk of liver cancer. These benefits seem to stem from chemopreventive compounds in coffee such as cafestol, kahweol, chlorogenic acid, and caffeic acid. Other scientific evidence has shown that caffeine delays metastasis and provides other anticancer effects.
5 . KALE
This leafy green cruciferous vegetable is from the brassica family, as are broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and collard greens. Kale and the rest of the brassica vegetables are rich in organosulfur compounds known as glucosinolates, which may help reduce the risk of cancer, particularly colon cancer. One of the major glucosinolates present in kale (as well as the other cruciferous veggies) is sulforaphane, which is formed when these vegetables are chopped or chewed.
One warning you might have heard about cruciferous vegetables is that they contain substances called goitrogens that can suppress thyroid function and cause hypothyroidism. But don’t worry—only excessive daily consumption of these vegetables, combined with a significant deficiency in iodine, can impact thyroid function.