Lower Your Risk of Cancer with Apples
Edited by Jonathan, Eng, Lynn, Anonymous and 2 others
The old adage "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" may never have been as relevant as it is today, when recent studies show that apples are major discoveries in the fight against the modern nemesis called cancer. Before cancer goes up from stages two up to the dreaded stage four, it is good to note that the other old adage which says "prevention is better than the cure" is also relevant. Let us now learn how the simple apple could lower your risk of cancer.
- 1Healthy as you are, take our word for it that if you abuse your body, you will become sickly, in just a snap of the finger.Advertisement
- 2Start with your diet.Avoid fried food cooked in cooking oil. Enlighten your taste buds to grilled or steamed foods. And learn to enjoy soup with ingredients like seafood and vegetables.Advertisement
- 3As you will see below about its benefits, stock up on the much taken for granted apple.Eat at least one apple a day, including its skin.
- 4The apple diet works in conjunction with the healthy vegetable diet.Stock up on yellow, orange and red colored vegetables. Even processed tomato products, like tomato sauce and tomato juice, can help in the prevention of cancer.
Some of the apple benefits
- 1Actually, one apple plus a vegetable-intensive diet are the rising stars in new studies on cancer prevention.Advertisement
- 2There is a chemical in apples that helps in the prevention of colon cancer in laboratory animals.This is an important finding in a study conducted at the French National Institute for Health and Medical Research.
- 3Up to one third of all cancers have a connection to the food we eat.If we eat fruits and vegetables like the apple, the antioxidants in it will protect the body from harmful free radicals. It is much like rust proofing your body.
- 4In the laboratory study, scientists exposed cancer cells to some antioxidants that are existent in apples.One of the antioxidants, procyanidins, was instrumental in the result of cancer cell death because it set off a series of cell signals.
- 5In the same study, rats were fed or were exposed to colon cancer-causing substances.Then, they were fed a mixture which consists of water and apple procyanidins. After six weeks, these rats with this special diet had half the number of cancerous lesions in their colons when compared to their counterparts consuming a regular diet.
- 6Eating one whole apple, including the skin, enhances the cancer prevention benefits.
- 7Not only will you save money from less eating out due to your insistence on your apple and vegetable diet, you will see that you will feel better with your general health conditions after a few weeks.
- 8Prevention is better than the cure because treatments are costly, life changers, and damaging financially, psychologically, and emotionally.
- 9In another recent study, oligosaccharides, or complex carbohydrates, in apples help to to minimize the number of tumors, and the size of tumors.It is also helpful in the blocking of the formation of new cancer cells. Thus, oligosaccharides in apples are your best bets as chemoprevention agents or as anti-tumor agents for future studies on their benefits.
- 10It is encouraged that as much as you can, you should consume the apple of the organic variety because non-organic apples still have chemical residues from pesticides.A solution: Wash the apples thoroughly before eating them.
- 11For the prevention of replication of the cancer cells connected to breast, liver and colon tumors, it is best to eat the apple with the skin on, because the skin have inhabitants called triterpenoids which does this function of policing the growth of cancer cells.
- 12In another study, women who consumed one apple a day had a 21 percent lower risk for lung cancer, due to the flavonoids, quercetin, scientists suspect.But no effect was seen on men.Advertisement
- Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research conference. Conducted in Seattle, Washington
- Lead researcher Dr. Francis Raul, research director, French National Institute for Health and Medical Research. Located in Strasbourg, France
- Nurses' Health Study and the Health Professionals' Follow-up Study, involving 77,000 women and 47,000 men, about fruit and vegetable intake, in relation to lung cancer risk, separately studied in women, and in men. Apples are one of the specific fruits identified as lowering the risk of lung cancer in women, but no significant lowering of risk discovered in men.
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