Consuming foods rich in antioxidants is one of the easiest and most effective ways for lowering inflammation on a daily basis. Chronic inflammation is strongly correlated with the aggressiveness of cancer growth. Herbs are some of the most antioxidant rich foods on the planet.
Herbs like oregano, basil, rosemary, and milk thistle all contain their own unique compounds that assist the body in fighting off cancer. Use these in abundance to drastically boost the nutrient density and antioxidant potential of your meals.
A commonly overlooked cancer fighting food is the sprout. Sprouts are essentially nutritionally magnified versions of the foods they grow into. For example, broccoli sprouts contain up to 100 times the antioxidant raw materials as broccoli does (10).
Broccoli and kale sprouts are great on salads, in wraps, or in green smoothies.
Bone Broth & Collagen
Something I’ve noticed with cancer patients is that they have a lot of digestive issues. This is especially true for those who have undergone chemotherapy or radiation treatment that has left them with an inflamed gut.
In these cases, it is important to get protein into the body in an easily digestible manner. Not only is bone broth super easy to digest, but it helps to sooth and heal the inflamed tissues in the gut. This can also help improve the immune system as digestive issues are often a root cause of chronic inflammation and autoimmunity.
Collagen protein can also be an excellent addition for providing similar benefits. These can either be made at home, or purchased in the store in liquid or powdered form. It is important to find these products sourced from grass-fed sources.
Butter and ghee are actually a good source of cancer fighting nutrition. In addition to fat soluble vitamins A, D and K, butter contains two important healing compounds butyrate and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA).
Butyrate is a short chain fatty acid that is typically produced by the bacteria on our gut. When consumed from butter, butyrate has anti-inflammatory and gut healing nutrient. Because an inflamed gut can be one of the leading causes of inflammation throughout the body, it is important to use nutrients like butyrate to help heal the gut.
CLA is an anti-inflammatory, metabolism boosting nutrient that has demonstrated anticancer properties. It is thought that CLA exerts cancer fighting properties by activating genes responsible for suppressing tumor growth. Very small amounts of CLA are needed for these benefits (11).