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6 Everyday Foods That Can Help Prevent Cancer

What we eat plays a large role in our overall health, and overconsumption of certain foods—such as those high in fat or sugar—can eventually lead to illness and disease. Fortunately, food can also be used to treat health concerns or, in some cases, even prevent them altogether.

In fact, when it comes to cancer, studies suggest that 30 to 40 percent of all kinds can be prevented with healthy lifestyle and dietary measures. Particularly beneficial for reducing the risk of cancer are foods rich in certain vitamins, antioxidants and carotenoids—of which these six are excellent sources.

1. Garlic

We love garlic for the great flavor it adds to almost any meal, but garlic breath…not so much. Interestingly, it’s the sulfur compounds that cause garlic breath that, according to WebMD, can help to “stop cancer-causing substances from forming in your body, speed DNA repair, and kill cancer cells.” Garlic is also effective at fighting bacteria connected to stomach cancer, and has proven to reduce the risk of colon cancer.

For maximum benefit, the source recommends letting the cloves sit for 15 to 20 minutes after they’ve been peeled and chopped, as this process “activates enzymes and releases the sulfur-containing compounds that have the most protective effect.”

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