World Brain Tumour Day 2022: One of the most common symptoms are frequent headaches
World Brain Tumour Day is observed on the 8th of June every year to acknowledge and spread awareness about the disease. The aim of this day is to educate people about the severity, causes, symptoms, prevention, and treatment of brain tumours.
Brain tumours refer to the excessive growth of abnormal cells in the brain. Although tumours can be noncancerous and cancerous, in both cases it is a chronic disease. Our brain's health and development of cancer are greatly influenced by our lifestyle and diet. These beneficial compounds are found in many foods that may help decrease the growth of cancer. Studies have shown that consuming such foods may be associated with a lower risk of cancer. In this article, we discuss some superfoods that may help lower the risk of cancerous brain tumours.
"No single food can prevent diseases, especially cancer. However, some foods are touted as superfoods and they stand out for their cancer combating properties. Various studies have shown promising health benefits of foods rich in phytochemicals & antioxidants." says Nutritionist Pooja Malhotra.
Here are 11 superfoods to reduce your risk of cancer on brain tumour day:
Beans are full of nutrients and a great addition to your diet if you wish to not eat meat. Beans not only help protect against cancer but may also help reduce the recurrence of cancer in the body, as shown by a few studies. Eating beans a few times a week can help you stay protected from developing various kinds of cancer.
Antioxidants and protection against cancer go hand in hand. Berries such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and so on are rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants are known for their protective qualities and their ability to fight external radicals that might cause our cells to grow cancerous.
Tomatoes achieve their red colour through the component Lycopene. Lycopene helps protect the tomatoes from the sun's rays. This same component has been proven by various studies to protect against cancer in humans as well.
4. Cruciferous vegetables
Cruciferous vegetables also more popularly known as green leafy vegetables are extremely beneficial for the body and brain. These include broccoli, cabbage, spinach, lettuce, kale, cauliflower, and so on.
Turmeric is a very popular superfood in South Asian cuisine. It has various healing and anti-inflammatory qualities. Turmeric is a spice that boosts health and overall immunity to external radicals.
6. Flax seeds
Seeds such as flax seeds are considered superfoods and are packed with various nutrients. Researches show that flax seeds may reduce the growth of cancer cells and might even help kill them.
Nuts especially almonds have been popularly known for their benefits on the human mind. Nuts and dried fruits are abundant in nutrients and protect the body from various harmful external factors. In fact studies show, that eating nuts regularly can reduce the risk of not only cancerous brain tumour but various other cancers.
One of the most important substances in garlic is allicin. This component has been proven to kill cancer cells in the body. As garlic is a superfood it also boosts the health of our body parts including the brain. In fact, garlic has been known to reduce the risks of various cancer.
9. Citrus fruits
One of the most common causes of cancer is the sun and its rays. Foods rich in vitamin C do a good job of protecting the body against the birth of cancerous cells. Citrus fruits such as oranges, tangerines, lemons, limes, grapefruit, etc. have been proven to reduce the chances of cancer forming in the body.
11. Fatty fish
Some studies claim that eating fatty fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risks of cancer. Unlike red meats that may cause cancer, the fatty has been proven beneficial.
In conclusion, what we eat has a huge influence on our health. To maintain good overall health, incorporating healthy superfoods into your diet can help you stay healthy. Along with this, we also encourage you to exercise regularly.
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