Eat 5 Servings Of Vegetables To Prevent Lung Cancer
While the most significant factor for Lung Cancer is smoking and other types of tobacco use, what we eat in our daily diet also plays an important role. The American Cancer Society recommends that we Eat 5 Servings Of Vegetables To Prevent Lung Cancer. Vegetables contain compounds called phytochemicals that have anti cancer properties.
Eating at least 5 servings of cruciferous vegetables everyday reduces the risk of developing lung cancer by 25-40%. Cruciferous vegetables include cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, kale, radishes, kohlrabi, etc. These vegetables have excellent cancer fighting properties. Research suggests that these cruciferous vegetables contain a kind of phytochemical known as isothiocyanates, which stimulate our bodies to break down potential carcinogens, which prevent the formation of cancerous cells.
Vegetables prevent lung cancer since they are rich in beta-carotene, a nutrient that has been shown to help lower cancer risks. Vegetables also contain vitamins E, C and A along with folate. Researchers suggest a significant link between smokers and their consumption of vegetables and fruits. Eating 3 servings of fruits and vegetables lowers their lung cancer risk by 30% and every additional serving lowers the risk by 4%.
Including 5 or more servings of vegetables in daily diet is very easy. It requires some thoughtful thinking. Say for e.g. on a regular day, we could start by eating cereals, vegetable juice, and banana. Then for a post breakfast snack we could have small carrots and stir fried bell peppers. Lunch could include pita bread loaded with vegetables and vegetable soup. And with the regular dinner add heated peas and cauliflower as a side dish. And there we are, with at least 5 servings of vegetables to end the day!
Hence, include as many servings of vegetables as possible in your daily diet and lead a healthy cancer free life.
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