Protect Your Health with Cancer-Fighting Plant Foods

Did you know that eating a plant-based diet filled with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans and other plant foods can help lower your risk for many cancers? In addition to cancer-fighting minerals and vitamins, plant foods contain thousands of beneficial natural chemicals called phytonutrients.

Phytonutrients (also referred to as phytochemicals) serve various functions in plants, helping to protect the plant’s vitality. For example, some phytonutrients protect the plant from UV radiation while others protect it from insect attack. Not only do phytonutrients award benefit to plants, but they also provide benefits to people who enjoy plant foods. That’s because of their health-boosting properties, including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and liver-health-promoting activities.  Read more

Cruciferous Vegetables — Packed with Nutrition

Some people simply cannot be convinced to eat broccoli despite all its nutritional value. Fortunately, there are other cruciferous vegetables that, like broccoli, are packed with beneficial nutrients that research tells us may have the ability to fight cancer, decrease cognitive decline associated with aging and reduce inflammation in the body.

Part of the cabbage family, cruciferous vegetables include Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage, Swiss chard and collard greens, among others. Including these nutrient-packed veggies in your diet is easy, especially since they are widely available in grocery stores and green markets. Here are just a few ideas for you to try: Read more