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Foods That Fight Cancer: Preventing Cancer through Diet Paperback – International Edition, May 23, 2006

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Richard Béliveau is a leading authority in the field of cancer research. He holds the Chair in the Prevention and Treatment of Cancer at the Université du Québec à Montréal, where he is a professor in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department. Dr. Béliveau is the director of the Molecular Medicine Laboratory of UQAMHôpital Sainte-Justine (Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau).

Frequently called on to talk about his research, he is a regular commentator on local and national radio and television programs.

Denis Gingras is a researcher in the Molecular Medicine Laboratory of UQAM-Hôpital Sainte-Justine (Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau) and the Université du Québec à Montréal.

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Cancer prevention facts to add to your diet

-Approximately one third of all cancers are directly related to diet.

-A diet containing three or four weekly servings of broccoli, nothing too excessive, was shown to be sufficient to protect individuals from colon polyps.

-Cruciferous vegetables (brussel sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale) should be lightly cooked and thoroughly chewed when eaten in order to fully benefit from their anti-cancer potential. Chewing releases the active molecules.

-Freshly crushed garlic is by far the best source of anti-cancer compounds and should be preferred over supplements.

-The key to benefiting from the anti-cancer effects of soy lies in consuming about 50 grams per day of the whole food, such as raw (edamame) or dry roasted soybeans. Supplements containing isoflavones are not an acceptable alternative to the whole food and should be avoided.

-Colon cancer appears to be one of the cancers on which curcumin may have the greatest positive impact. The daily addition of a teaspoon of turmeric to soups, salad dressings, or pasta dishes is a simple way of providing curcumin intake sufficient to prevent the development if cancer.

-Green Tea contains large amounts of catechins, compounds that boast many anti-cancer properties. To maximize the preventative effects afforded by tea, select Japanese green teas, allow for an eight-to-ten minute brewing period and always drink freshly brewed tea, and avoiding Thermoses.

-Eating cranberries should be preferred over drinking cranberry juice.

-The best way to increase omega-3 levels in diet is to eat fatty fish (wild salmon, sardines, and mackerel) once or twice a week or add one tablespoon of freshly-milled flax seeds to your breakfast cereal.

-Eating two tomato sauce-based meals per week may lower your risk of developing prostate cancer by up to 25%.

-Citrus fruits are essential foods in cancer prevention: for their capacity to act directly on cancerous cells as well as their potential for enhancing the anti-cancer effects of other phytochemical compounds present in diet.

-The resveratrol present in red wine possesses powerful anti-cancer activity which may be responsible for the beneficial effects of wine on the prevention of certain cancers. Grape juice and cranberry juice contains resveratrol but at levels ten times less than red wine.

-The daily consumption of 40 grams of dark chocolate (chocolate containing 70% cocoa mass) may have definite health benefits and should replace or reduce that of sugar- and fat-filled candies with no phytochemical content.

-Many herbs and spices used as seasonings, in particular ginger contain large quantities of molecules that act as anti-inflammatory compounds, which also reduce the risks of developing certain chronic diseases.

-Instead of replacing butter with margarine, use olive oil as much as possible as a source of dietary fat; you will benefit from its healthful lipids knowing that it also possesses anti-cancer properties of its own.
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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart (May 23, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0771011350
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771011351
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.5 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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A very easy to read but fascinating explanation of the biochemistry of cancer cells and how naturally occurring chemicals in certain foods can alter the chemical environment in the body to inhibit the various stages of cancer cell growth. Amazingly the action of these natural chemicals is doing what powerful man-made chemotherapy is doing, but without the collateral damage. By including some of the basic ingredients in your diet, you can signficantly help decrease the risk of cancerous cell growth in the body. The book provides some very thought provoking statistics on what are the real causes of cancer as opposed to many of the popular myths that people worry about so unnecessarily. It also makes these essential foods sound delicious and fun. No recipes but that's up to you!!! An essential read from the modern foodie!!
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This is a life-altering book. Anyone interested in improving their health needs to read it! It's a little technical, but in an era of "quick fixes" and crazy fad-diets, I found it refreshing to read a book based on extensive research and empirical scientific data. Most encouraging is that the foods that have been shown to be so helpful to improving our ability to defend against cancer, are good too - berries, tomatoes, cabbage & citrus fruits to name a few. Read this book - your health and the health of our nation will improve as a result!
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I read quite widely but this easy-to-read book has a large amount of information I had not come accross before. Its focus is to give you information that helps you to understand cancer so you can take steps to place yourself at lower risk for cancer. We all know about not smoking but there is lots more you can do. It is especially credible since its written by eminent cancer researchers who head up cancer research labs.
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I think this is a must read!!! Here is why....This book was written by Dr. Richard Beliveau and Dr. Denis Gringras (cancer researchers). According to the authors, one of the risk factors for cancer is poor diet (up to 30%), that is, about one-third of all cancers may be linked to diet. They talk about what research exists that shows eating certain foods help fight cancer. I have learned a lot from this book that doesn't make it into the popular press--such as that it's the phytochemicals that matter in fighting cancer more than "anti-oxidants." The authors really break down each section, explaining how cancer develops and in turn how the different cancer-fighting properties of the foods affect it.
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By Mary on November 25, 2012
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This is a great reference book, very enjoyable to read, with beautiful photographs, and filled with scientific information about the richness in nature of anticancer chemicals contained in fruits, vegetables, animal protein and others, when consumed fresh and unprocessed. The authors make the point that eating healthy alone could protect us to a great extent against cancer.
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