What’s The First Thing I Should Add To My Diet To Reduce My Cancer Risk?

BY Eileen Z. Fuentes (@EileenZFuentes)

Cruciferous Vegetables - Eileen Z Fuentes

Because of my extensive training in holistic nutrition for cancer prevention, the first question I am often asked is, “what do I need to stop eating to reduce my risk?” My response is always the same. First, I tell them that the focus should be on the many things that they should add to their plate. It should be about introducing those items as opposed to taking anything away. That comes later. My second piece of advice is to remind them that the most successful changes occur when making small, incremental steps towards their goal. Just imagine deciding to run a marathon and then getting dressed the very next day and running an entire 26.2 miles without any preparation. What you have there is a sure recipe for failure. We just started but let’s review again… first, we add in food items that aid in the destruction of malignant cells, then we begin with baby steps to ensure success. Got it?

Now that we’ve established the rules of the game, my very first action item is to have them add cruciferous greens to their meals. According to the National Cancer Institute, cruciferous vegetables are rich in nutrients and also are a good fiber source. But in addition, they also contain a group of substances known as glucosinolates that makes them really effective for cancer prevention. When broken down through preparation, chewing and cooking, these vegetables form biologically active compounds, all of which have anticancer effects.

In plain English, here are 5 things that they do.

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