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Cancer Fighting Foods - Stomach

#1: Allium Vegetables

Protective Benefits: With antibiotic properties, possibly against H pylori, allium vegetables showed decreased risk of gastric cancer with increased intake.

Foods with high amounts of Allium Vegetables: Onion, garlic, leek, chives

#2: Legumes

Protective Benefits: Shown to decrease risk of gastric cancer with increased intake.

Foods with high amounts of Legumes: Black bean, broad bean, chickpeas, coco bean, cranberry bean, fava bean, green and yellow peas, kidney beans, lima beans, mung bean, red bean, pinto bean

#3: Selenium

Protective Benefits: Selenium containing food intake has been shown to decrease risk of gastric cancer with increased intake. Adequate selenium intake is necessary for selenoprotein activity, which may provide protection against the inflammatory effect of H pylori that can lead to gastric cancer.

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

#4: Vitamin C

Protective Benefits: Intake has been found to have an inverse relationship with stomach cancer.

Foods with high amounts of Vitamin C: Orange, grapefruit, strawberries, tomato, broccoli, sweet red pepper, acerola, chives, rose hips, hot chili peppers, guavas, lychee, parsley, kale, mustard greens, lemon peel, orange peel, leeks, cauliflower, brussels sprouts

#5: Iron

Protective Benefits: Intake has been found to have an inverse relationship with stomach cancer.

Foods with high amounts of Iron: Sea vegetables, barley, lentils, soybean, beetroot greens, turnip greens, mint, parsley, broccoli, bok choy, tofu, chickpeas

#6: Zinc

Protective Benefits: Intake has been found to have an inverse relationship with stomach cancer.

Foods with high amounts of Zinc: Oysters, wheat germ, sesame seeds, tahini, pumpkin seeds, squash seeds, dark chocolate, dried watermelon seeds, peanuts

#6: Mediterranean Diet

Protective Benefits: Related to lower risk of stomach cancer.

Foods with high amounts of Mediterranean Diet: Olive oil, legumes, unrefined cereals, fruits, vegetables, wine, fish

#7: Vitamin D

Protective Benefits: Shown to stimulate apoptosis in gastric cancer cells.

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