Alberta Cancer Foundation

Natural Prevention

Sip on This

For a little Asian influence in your diet, relax with a big cup of green tea. Green tea is the least production-intensive tea of all and it contains catechins that have antifungal and anti-bacterial properties, many of which help reduce your cancer risk.

Not all cups are equal. The catechin count varies between different types of green tea. It’s best to drink shade grown green tea, like Japanese gyokuro or sencha-uchiyama, to get the most anti-cancer rich catechins from each cup.

The Best Berry

Canadians tend to load up on berries in one season per year: summertime. Though a causal link between berries and cancer reduction has not yet been scientifically proven, the fruits are thought to have some cancer-reduction properties.

Strawberries, in particular, have a high (95 per cent) concentration of ellagic acid directly in their pulp. Studies have shown that this ellagic acid can disrupt the development of tumours. Raspberries, blackberries, cranberries and nuts contain ellagic acid as well.

Tomato, Toe-mah-toe

Gentlemen, if the awkward two-finger check at the mercy of your doctor has you seeing red, it’s time to load the fridge with tomatoes. The tomato, as well as tomato-based products such as spaghetti sauce, is an excellent source of lycopene. Lycopene gives the tomato a yellow or red pigmentation, but is also an effective ward against prostate cancer. Have two meals per week with tomato sauce and you might lower your risk of developing prostate cancer by up to 25 per cent.