Shore up your defences by popping these everyday items into your trolley next time you do the weekly shop – they’re super-easy to incorporate into your diet, too!
1 Leafy Greens
Kale, Swiss chard, spinach and broccoli are rich in antioxidants known to fight cancer. Try to eat at least one portion per day – you’ll be heading towards your five-a-day, too!
2 Sweet potatoes
Vitamin A is a useful compound in the fight against cancer, and sweet potatoes are packed with beta carotene, which the body converts to vitamin A. Eat them three times a week – steam for maximum benefit.
Make a simple swap to shallots and reap the rewards! These little onions are rich in phenolic compounds which can help prevent cancer-causing mutations in DNA, plus they’re full of cancer-fighting antioxidants.
A healthy immune system helps us fight disease, and mushrooms are an excellent source of the vitamins that support immunity. Also – did you know that if you pop just five mushrooms in a sunny place for a few hours, they’ll absorb your RDA of vitamin D!
Love cooking curry? Be as liberal as you want to be with turmeric. This earthy spice contains curcumin, which has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antimutagenic properties – it’s a bullet-proof vest for your insides!
6 Yoghurt and femented food
With a number of studies linking a healthy gut to a lowered risk of cancer, it’s time to crack open the sauerkraut and peel off the yoghurt lid – you can keep a happy, healthy gut by eating a mix of probiotic foods such as live yoghurt and sauerkraut, and prebiotic veg, fruit, wholegrains and legumes.
7 Berries and beetroot
It’s the coloured pigments of berries and beetroot that lets us know just how crucial they are in the world of anti-carcinogens – they’re full of immune-boosting vitamins C and A, too.