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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Chestnuts are not just for the holiday season: They actually contain a natural chemical that helps the body recognize and kill cancer cells. Eating about five chestnuts per day was associated with a 31 percent reduced risk of colon cancer, according to a health study. This cancer-fighting food is sold pre-peeled and cooked, making it really easy to incorporate into your diet. Chestnuts can be eaten plain, added on top of a salad, or mixed into your favorite granola recipe for added crunch and health benefits.

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