Beta-carotene, lutein, quercetin, etc.
Foods rich in antioxidants prevent cancer. In addition, if you have cancer, it also plays a role in helping recovery and preventing recurrence. Antioxidant literally means to inhibit oxidation. For example, if you sprinkle lemon juice on a peeled apple, ascorbic acid, an antioxidant in lemon juice, prevents oxidation. In other words, it delays the process of apples turning brown.
In a similar way, antioxidants prevent cells from transforming into cancerous cells. If it has already changed, it acts as a slowdown in growth. Based on data from the American health and medical media ‘Berrywell Health’, representative antioxidants and foods rich in them are summarized.
◇Beta-carotene: Carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach, etc.
Beta-carotene is a plant pigment found in yellow, orange, and red fruits and vegetables. In addition to lowering the risk of cancer, it prevents skin damage caused by the sun and delays aging. Beta-carotene is abundant in carrots, sweet potatoes, old pumpkins, spinach, kale, broccoli, kiwi, apricots, and oranges.
◇Lutein: Cabbage, lettuce, old pumpkin
According to research, lutein is excellent in protecting cells from cancer. It also plays a role in preventing eye diseases caused by aging. Lutein is abundant in herbs such as mallow, Chinese cabbage, spinach, lettuce, old pumpkin, egg yolks, dandelion leaves, and chives.
◇Lycopene: Watermelon, tomato, pepper, etc.
It prevents various cancers such as prostate, colon, bladder, esophagus, and lung. It also contributes to heart health by lowering ‘bad’ cholesterol levels and raising ‘good’ cholesterol levels. Lycopene is abundant in red foods such as tomatoes, watermelons, pink grapefruits, and red peppers.
◇Quercetin: Apples, onions, grapes, etc.
Quercetin is a yellow pigment widely distributed in apples, honey, raspberries, grapes, and green leafy vegetables. Especially in onion skins. Quercetin has a characteristic odor, inhibits the growth and proliferation of cancer cells, and induces apoptosis.
◇Kaempferol: Beans, broccoli, etc.
Kaempferol protects cells from damage caused by free radicals, or free radicals. It also has the effect of strengthening immunity and fighting inflammation. Kaempferol-rich foods include legumes such as kidney beans, tea, spinach, broccoli, and kale.
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