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Sep 18, 2012

10 nutrient rich food that fight disease

green soybeans

Soy Soy contains genestein which has been shown to have anti-cancer properties, as well as phytoestrogen, which has been shown to reduce the risk and spread of prostate cancer and isoflavones that do the same for breast cancer.
cherry tomatoes

Tomatoes get their vibrant color from lycopene, a carotenoid that may reduce or suppress the growth of some cancers while also strengthening eyesight, boosting immunity to disease and protecting against the effects of aging.

Broccoli Broccoli is loaded with phytonutrients that work as antioxidants - thwarting those free radicals from infiltrating our DNA and cell membranes and also triggering the production of enzymes that can detoxify and clean free radical residues, toxins and other carcinogens.

Garlic Garlic is an especially rich source of a group of phytonutrients known as organosulfur compounds that have anti-inflammatory properties, display antioxidant activities and may help cholesterol levels. Also, the phytonutrients in garlic have antibacterial and antifungal properties.

Flax seeds Flax is the best source of the phytonutrient lignans which can balance female hormones, promote fertility, lessen peri-menopausal symptoms, and prevent the onset of breast cancer. Lignans in the diet also help prevent Type 2 diabetes.
citrus fruit

Citrus fruits The phytos in citrus fruit which include alkaloids, flavonoids, phenols and tannins have antioxidant, anticancer and anti-inflammatory properties. Consider chewing on some of that peel!

Melons While each variety has a different phyto-profile, they're all good for you! Watermelon has a high lycopene content that fights skin aging. Honeydew is rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, carotenoid phytonutrients integral to protecting vision and optimizing cardio-vascular health.

Blueberries Blueberries are full of anthocyanins, a phytonutrient that gives the blue to this berry, and ellagic acid. The phytos in this fruit combine to reduce inflammation, protect against cancer, and recent studies show good effects in eyes, arteries, and brains.
sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes
Sweet potatoescontain carotenes that help improve communication between cells, as well as undertaking many of the same functions as other antioxidants.