13 Cancer-Fighting Foods

Fill up on these ingredients to fend off cancer.

13 Cancer-Fighting Foods

Doctors have yet to find a definitive link between cancer and food. What they have found, however, is a correlation between certain diets — such as the Mediterranean Diet — and the potential for cancer reduction. Doctors call these diets (often specific to a culture or geographical region) anti-angiogenic, which means that they cut off the blood supply of cancerous tumors, starving them of the nutrients they need to grow. Here's a list of ingredients that are staples of anti-angiogenic diets.

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Maitake Mushrooms

Maitake mushrooms have anti-inflammatory properties. In Chinese culture, they're used to treat diabetes and hypertension. Science shows that these mushrooms feed the body a natural chemical called beta-glucan, which stimulates cells in the immune system and in effect, can slow the growth of cancerous tumors. Try this recipe for a steamy, zesty Maitake mushroom stir fry, perfectly seasoned with garlic, lemon, and ginger.

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