Top 7 vitamins and minerals to prevent cancer

by • September 15, 2011 • Detox foods and nutritionComments (0)368

Living a healthy lifestyle is one of the best keys to cancer prevention. Organic, nutrient-rich food is an essential part of a clean lifestyle. Here are my picks for the top 7 vitamins and minerals with cancer protective properties.

Top 7 vitamins and minerals with cancer protective properties

 

Beta Carotene

Linked to vitamin A, this essential nutrient is found in orange-colored fruits and vegetables as well as in green vegetables.  Good sources of beta-carotene include carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach, kale and Collard greens.  Beta-carotene has been shown to help with lung, and stomach cancer prevention.

Vitamin B6

This vitamin from the B complex is essential to support the immune system. Found primarily in carrots, apples, bananas, and leafy greens, vitamin B6 helps with cervical cancer prevention.

Vitamin C

This highly antioxidant vitamin has shown great promise in the prevention of many types of cancer. Vitamin C can be found in red peppers, citrus fruits, rosehip tea and potatoes.

Folic acid

Besides helping pregnant women, folic acid, also known as folate, is also great for cancer prevention.  Found in beets, cabbage, dark leafy greens and citrus fruits, this vitamin is also essential to repair DNA.

Calcium

Calcium is not only good for your bones; it also protects against colon cancer. Good vegan sources of calcium are nuts and seeds, carrot juice and dark leafy green.

Magnesium

Essential for your muscles, magnesium also offers protection against cancer in general.  Magnesium helps to repair DNA. And while damaged DNA can increase the risk of developing cancer, magnesium helps with the repair work.  Magnesium can be found in nuts and sees, brown rice, whole grains and green vegetables.

Selenium

This mineral helps the body to produce glutathione, a powerful detox enzyme.  Because toxic build-up is linked to cancer, supporting your body to detox naturally helps reducing your risks of developing cancer. In general, lower levels of selenium have been linked to higher cancer incidence.  Good vegan selenium sources include Brazil nuts, button mushrooms, shiitake and barley.

 

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