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9 Foods That Reduce Your Risk of Colon Cancer

9 Foods That Reduce Your Risk of Colon Cancer
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By    |   Friday, 29 March 2019 11:21 AM

Experts predict that at least 1 in 22 people are at risk of developing colon cancer in their lifetime and that over 51,000 people in the U.S. will die from the disease this year alone, the American Cancer Society reports.

The numbers are unsettling however there are things you can do to safeguard yourself, such as making healthy choices. Most lifestyle changes begin with what goes on into your mouth and the good news is there are a number of foods out there that can reduce your risk of developing colon cancer. 

Here we look at the nine top choices to protect you from the illness:

1. Leafy greens and cruciferous veggies: We all know how important it is to eat your greens but regularly including spinach, kale, and broccoli on your plate can help to reduce your risk of developing colon cancer, Reader's Digest noted. This is because they are packed in fiber and other essential minerals.

2. Berries and oranges: Reader's Digest further noted that fruits such as blueberries, strawberries, blackberries and oranges, are crammed with fiber and vitamin C, a powerful combination when it comes to cancer fighting properties.

3. Oatmeal: Another fiber rich food, oatmeal also contains powerful antioxidants, which have anti-inflammatory properties and can play an important role in reducing your risk of developing colon cancer, Medical News Today noted.

4. Wholegrains: In addition to oatmeal, foods such as barley, quinoa, whole wheat flour and brown rice all contain colon-friendly vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber, Rush University Medical Center reported. These properties are vital when it comes to combatting cancer.

5. Bell Peppers: Rich in vitamin C, bell peppers come with extra punch thanks to the phytochemicals they contain, which can play role in blocking the growth of cancer cells, Reader's Digest said.

6. Dairy: According to WebMD, multiple studies have found that calcium-rich foods can play a role in reducing the risk of developing colon cancer. It may be due to the calcium or the vitamin D but either way, it can't hurt to have more dairy.

7. Lentils, beans and other legumes: Experts cannot stress enough the importance of fiber in a diet to reduce the risks of developing colon cancer. However, Reader's Digest noted that most American's fall short from the daily recommended amount. Lentils, beans and other legumes are high in fiber, low in fat and packed with protein.

 8. Fish: There have been conflicting reports on whether or not fish could help combat colon cancer however, WedMD noted that researchers believed fish such as salmon, which is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, could slow the growth of cancer cells. 

9. Mushrooms: When it comes to eating for colon health, it is best to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables, which offer a range of cancer fighting nutrients and antioxidants. Stop Colon Cancer Now noted the importance of choosing a wide array of colorful veggies, including the often-overlooked mushrooms, cauliflowers, parsnips and turnips.

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Experts predict that at least 1 in 22 people are at risk of developing colon cancer in their lifetime and that over 51,000 people in the U.S. will die from the disease this year alone, the American Cancer Society has reported.The numbers are unsettling however there are...
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