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Cancer Fighting Foods - Colon

Nutrient #1: Fiber

Protective Benefits: Shown to have decreased risk with increased intake. Short-chain fatty acids produced by gut flora from fermentation have been shown to induce apoptosis, cell cycle arrest, and differentiation, in experimental studies.

Foods with high amounts of Fiber: Corn bran, cinnamon, piñon nuts, oregano, wheat bran, rosemary, coriander, basil, marjoram, sage, carob flour, fennel seed, caraway seed, chia seeds, paprika, thyme, chili powder, cloves, curry powder, parsley, lentils, spearmint, sundried hot chili peppers, cardamom, flaxseed, broad beans, kidney beans, cranberry beans, fenugreek seed, rose hips, dehydrated carrot, rye flour, rice bran, tomato powder

Nutrient #2: Garlic

Protective Benefits: Shown to have decreased risk with increased intake, and allyl sulfides in garlic have been shown to inhibit colon tumor formation in vitro.

Foods with high amounts of Garlic: Garlic

Nutrient #3: Folate

Protective Benefits: Consumption of foods containing folate have been shown to have a dose-response relationship and have decreased risk with increased intake. Folate plays an important role in DNA synthesis, repair, and methylation. Folate may also reduce HPV proliferation.

Foods with high amounts of Folate: Leafy green vegetables, broccoli, iceberg lettuce, spinach, brussels sprouts, asparagus, cabbage, turnip greens, romaine lettuce, beans, black-eyed peas, lentils, kidney beans, lima beans, green peas, soybean sprouts, fruits, tomatoes, oranges, bananas, strawberries

Nutrient #4: Selenium

Protective Benefits: Consumption of foods containing selenium have been shown to have a dose-response relationship and have decreased risk with increased intake. Selenium activates selenoproteins that act as anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agents.

Foods with high amounts of Selenium: Semolina, wheat bran, wheat germ, kamut, barley, Brazilnuts, yellow mustard seed, amaranth, shellfish, beef, shiitake mushrooms

Nutrient #5: Vitamin D

Protective Benefits: Shown to have decreased risk with increased intake. Vitamin D induces differentiation and apoptosis in intestinal cells.

Foods with high amounts of Vitamin D: Dried shiitake mushrooms, sunshine, eggs, milk, salmon, mackerel, herring, sardine, oyster, potatoes, cod liver oil

Nutrient #6: Silibinin

Protective Benefits: Inhibits colon tumorigenesis.

Foods with high amounts of Silibinin: Milk thistle

Nutrient #7: Curcumin

Protective Benefits: Targets FOLFOX-surviving colon cancer cells via inhibition of EGFRs and IGF-1R.

Foods with high amounts of Curcumin: Turmeric

Nutrient #8: Resveratrol

Protective Benefits: Suppresses IGF-1 induced human colon cancer cell proliferation and elevates apoptosis.

Foods with high amounts of Resveratrol: Grapes, acai, goji, peanuts with skins, pistachio nuts, cranberries, bilberries, blueberries