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Health Zone: THE FOODS TO DEFEND AGAINST DISEASE.

Avoid piping hot drinks as these irritate the oesohagus and increase the risk of oesophageal cancer. Sleeping on your left is also helpful because it reduces heartburn which increases the risk of cancer.

Sweet potatoes, carrots, red peppers and mango are all high in vitamin A which has been shown to reverse early-stage oral cancer. Wearing lipstick (or an SPF lipbalm) every day reduces the risk of lip cancer.

Milk contains conjugated linoleic acid which helps protect against breast cancer. Sleep is also protective because sleep hormones reduce oestrogen.

Fish oil decreases a substance which triggers erratic cell renewal. For extra benefit make those fish of the bony variety (tinned salmon, sardines, anchovies, whitebait) because calcium seems to protect the colon lining. Being active keeps your bowel moving which again reduces your risk of colon cancer.

Drinking a glass of water an hour cuts the risk of bladder cancer because it washes out cancer-causing substances. Eating less fat has been shown to reduce the risk of bladder cancer.

Tomatoes contain lycopene which protects against lung cancer as well as prostate and stomach cancer. Lycopene is most easily absorbed from processed tomatoes. Stop smoking - this is the golden rule for reducing your risk of lung cancer.

Radishes contain hot substances called indoles which act on stomach cancer. Onions contain indoles too. Get stomach ulcers treated immediately as they can increase your risk of stomach cancer.

Carrots are rich in alpha carotene which cuts ovarian cancer risk. Pumpkin and cantaloup melons are helpful too. Being on the Pill also lowers your risk.

Broccoli, cabbage, sprouts and spinach are rich in antioxidants which protect cells in the cervix. They are also rich in folic acid which reduces the risk of Human Papilloma (HPV) which is linked to cervical cancer.

Tea with lemon is high in antioxidants which seem to act against skin cancer cells. The addition of lemon adds a vital cancer fighter called d-limonene and almost doubles the protection. Using a sunscreen also reduces skin cancer risk.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 14, 2002
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