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Cancer Fighting Foods - Lung

#1: Carotenoids

Protective Benefits: Consumption of carotenoid containing foods revealed a dose-response relationship and decreased risk of lung cancer with increased intake. Carotenoids are antioxidants that protect against lipid oxidation and related oxidative stress.

Foods with high amounts of Carotenoids: Orange-colored fruits and vegetables, carrots, apricots, mangoes, squash, papaya, sweet potatoes, bell peppers, tomatoes, pumpkin, cantaloupe, butternut squash, guava, green vegetables, pink grapefruit, spinach, kale, collard greens, broccoli, turnip greens, dark lettuce, basil, parsley

#2: Selenium

Protective Benefits: Consumption of selenium containing foods showed a dose-response relationship and decreased risk of lung cancer with increased intake. Selenium triggers selenoprotein expression in our body, which have important anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

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

#3: Quercetin

Protective Benefits: Consumption of quercetin containing foods showed a statistically significant decrease in risk of lung cancer. Quercetin also inhibits the CYP enzyme, which is an oxidant enzyme in the liver and lungs.

Foods with high amounts of Quercetin: Apples, red grapes, blueberries, blackberries, cherries, onions, scallions, broccoli, kale, green tea, red wine, licorice root, scutellaria root, St. John’s wort, gingko biloba, citrus fruits, parsley, olive oil, grape seed extract, bilberry extract

#4: Kava Extract

Protective Benefits: Shown to suppress lung tumorigenesis in a dose-response relationship.

Foods with high amounts of Kava Extract: Kava

#5: Omega-3

Protective Benefits: Found to have anti-tumor and antioxidant properties in patients with advanced lung cancer.

Foods with high amounts of Omega-3: Flax seeds, walnuts, soybeans, tofu, seaweed, grape leaves, leeks, onions, cloves, oregano, marjoram, terragon, spearmint, basil, mustard seed, saffron, rosemary, quinoa

#6: Tanshinone 1

Protective Benefits: Shown to inhibit the growth of lunch cancer cells.

Foods with high amounts of Tanshinone 1: Salvia miltiorrhiza (Danshen) roots, also known as red sage or Chinese sage

#7: Glucosinolates

Protective Benefits: Shown to inhibit the carcinogenesis of lung cells.

Foods with high amounts of Glucosinolates: Broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, bok choy, cauliflower, collard greens, turnip, mustard greens, arugula, daikon radish, radish, horseradish, wasabi, watercress

#8: Naringin

Protective Benefits: Found to have an inverse relationship with lung cancer risk.

Foods with high amounts of Naringin: White grapefruit

#9: Adlay Bran

Protective Benefits: Shown to have antioxidant effects in lung and liver cells by suppressing CYP enzyme activity.

Foods with high amounts of Adlay Bran: Adlay bran

#10: Vitamin D

Protective Benefits: Found to have anti-tumor and immune system regulating effects. Vitamin D turns into its active form in the lungs, which gives the substance potential for promotion of lung health.

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