This yellow spice contains curcumin, an antioxidant master of squelching inflammation. Inflammation plays a major role in all cancer development, says Bharat Aggarwal, PhD, professor of cancer medicine at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Protection power: Not only could curcumin help prevent an array of cancers, studies suggest it may also help stabilize some of the toughest cancers, including pancreatic cancer and metastatic breast cancer. Aggarwal says curcumin may even enhance traditional cancer therapies while inhibiting their toxic side effects.

Eat: 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric daily (or a 500 mg curcumin supplement). The FDA analyzed curcumin extensively and found it nontoxic even at very high doses, Aggarwal says.

Recipes:

Golden Quinoa Pilaf with Tart Cherries

Punjabi Spiced Scottish Salmon

Ma’aluba (Chicken with Vegetables and Rice)

Curried Vegetable Saute with Tempeh

Moroccan Harira