Cancer-Preventing Foods

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Dark Green Vegetables, Beans and Peas

What do these foods have in common? Folic acid. It's nature's built-in repair machinery at your disposal -- folic acid fixes damaged DNA and helps prevent cancer. Load your diet with these and you'll never be sorry.

Red, Orange, Yellow and Blue Fruits and Vegetables

When fruits and vegetables are endowed with bright colors, they don't just look pretty. They are gems of powerful antioxidants chock full of vitamins C and E, carotenoids, and fiber. Carotene is the most widely known carotenoid and offers protection against lung, colorectal, breast, uterine and prostate cancer. How?

Carotenes destroy oxygen-free radicals in lipids, enhance the immune system and protect cells against UV radiation. Examples include carrots, apricots, citrus fruits, squash and tomatoes.

Blue, red or purple foods contain anthocyanins. These powerful antioxidants protect capillaries from oxidative damage and are anti-inflammatory. Load your shopping cart with beets, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, grapes and purple cabbage and save yourself a doctor visit.