Carrots Help Fight Off Cancer

CHINA—A recent study conducted at the Zhejiang University in China and published in the European Journal of Nutrition found that consuming carrots could help reduce the risk of developing cancer, especially prostate cancer.

The study analyzed the findings of 10 smaller studies conducted in different parts of the world that studied the cancer-fighting properties in carrots. The studies compared two groups; one group consumed carrots three to five times per week, and the other group consumed them less than once per week.

The team found that the content of carotenoids found in carrots, which is the chemical that gives their bright orange color was found to be a powerful cancer-fighter. The researchers noted that carotenoids help prevent cancer because they reduce cell damage from oxidative stress, which has been shown to cause cancer.

In addition to carrots, the researchers found the following foods to also have cancer-fighting abilities:
All fruits and vegetables are plentiful in nutrients and are thought to have several cancer-fighting properties as well as other health benefits.
Fatty fish (salmon, tuna) contains high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which have been proven to reduce the risk of cancer.
Green tea has also been shown to specifically lower the risk of prostate cancer.

If you are interested in preventing cancer, you might want to consider adding carrots and other cancer-fighting foods to your daily diet.

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