You have to eat your veggies before you can go out and play mom would always say. Thanks, Mom! That was some darn good advice.
Turns out, eating your veggies is a lot more beneficial than what we initially thought. Just like the many varieties of fruit I mentioned in (article title), specific groups of vegetables also have cancer-fighting assets.
Below is a list I have compiled based on the resources provided by multiple cancer research sites. (eattobeat.org, foodrevolution.org)
# 1 Cruciferous Vegetables - Broccoli, Cauliflower, and Cabbage have recently shown some promising discoveries. A naturally occurring substance they produce has been successful in reducing tumor sizes and inhibiting angiogenesis.
# 2 Allium Vegetables - Garlic, Leeks, Onions, Shallots, and Chives may have a very distant smell that is not always presumed pleasant. Still, it is these stinky molecules that are responsible for its cancer-fighting properties. Studies suggest consuming these veggies more than 7 times per week.
#3 Dark Greens - Kale, Spinach, Watercress, and Arugula all contain lots of flavonoids and antiangiogenic compounds. Research has shown these may help provide protection from many forms of cancer.
# 4 Edible Mushrooms - Shiitake, Maitake, and Porcini varieties have beta-glucans in their cellular walls. It is indicated in multiple laboratory studies that these components suppress the production of tumor blood vessels and inhibit tumor growth.
# 5 Sweet Potatoes - possess micronutrients with anti-cancer benefits.
There are lots of other varieties of veggies that also play a role in the prevention of cancer. I feel this list provides you with multiple options from different vegetable groups to easily add to your diet and provide you with adequate veggie protection.
Cheers to Moms everywhere for making us eat our veggies!!