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These top antioxidant-rich, cancer-fighting foods include berries, broccoli, grapes, green tea, tomatoes, and turmeric. Plus, find out some of the great-tasting ways to incorporate anti-cancer foods at every meal.
These 3-day-old broccoli plants pack at least 20 times more antioxidant sulforaphane as mature broccoli, says Fahey, who discovered the sprouts’ anticancer activity. Sulforaphane cranks up your body’s production of cancer-protective enzymes, which can also kill Helicobacter pylori, the ulcer-causing bacteria linked to stomach cancer.
Protection power: Preliminary studies suggest broccoli sprouts may help protect against liver, prostate, bladder, and breast cancer. Larger human studies are underway and look promising, Fahey says.
Eat: Add an ounce (1/2 cup) of broccoli sprouts to salads and sandwiches a few times a week, advises Fahey. Grow sprouts indoors or buy them at the market.