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A Heart Healthy Diet Combats Cancer

May 19, 2010

Nutritionist and Cancer survivor, Conner Middelmann Whitney, shared the following information on her blog. “Nutrition plays a crucial role, both in preventing and in overcoming cancer. In its landmark Expert Report, the most comprehensive report ever produced on the links between lifestyle and cancer risk, the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) estimates that up to 30% of all cancers could be prevented by eating an optimal diet, getting regular physical activity and maintaining a healthy body weight.

Cancer fighting diets with North Ohio Heart Center“Some experts even suggest that some of the commonest forms of cancer, such as breast-, colorectal and prostate cancer, could be reduced by 60-70% and lung cancers by 40-50% if people ate an anti-cancer diet. Even cancer patients undergoing treatment may find this type of diet helpful, some studies suggest.

“By the way, healthy eating isn't just for cancer patients. There are benefits to everyone in a diet that boosts general health and well-being. Thus, an "anti-cancer" diet can potentially help prevent or relieve a long list of other medical conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, dementia, arthritis and even depression.

“In addition to helping improve overall health, the anti-cancer diet has no known negative side-effects. In my experience, if there are any "side-effects," they are increased energy, fewer colds and sore throats, clearer skin, better digestion and a happier disposition. Fine with me!”

The Anti-Cancer Diet follows these main concepts:

  • Focus on plant-based foods
  • Buy organic or local produce, if possible
  • Bulk up on natural fiber
  • Cut down on meat
  • Choose your fats wisely
  • Choose cancer-fighting foods (Eating a colorful variety gives you the best protection.)
  • Prepare your food in healthy ways

We’ll look deeper into their suggestions in future posts