The Anti-Cancer Powers of Plant Food

Adapted from Dr. Fuhrman's book Eat to Live:

Allium compoundsFlavonoidsPhenolic acids
Alllyl sulfidesGlucosinolatesPhytoesterols
Caffeic acidIsoflavonesPolyphenols
CatechinsIsothiocyanatesProtease inhibitors
Ellagic AcidPectinsSterols
Ferulic acidPerillyl alcoholTerpenes

The list above is only a small sample of beneficial compounds, and more are being discovered daily. Cancer-prevention studies attempting to dissect the precise ingredients or combination of ingredients in fruits and vegetables are ongoing; but these studies, like the many others before them, are likely to be a huge waste of resources. There are simply too many protective factors that work synergistically to expect significant benefit from taking a few isolated substances. These beneficial compounds have overlapping and complementary mechanisms of action. They inhibit cellular aging, induce detoxification enzymes, bind carcinogens in the digestive tract, and fuel cellular repair mechanisms.1

1. Steinmetz, K.A., and J.D. Potter. 1991. Vegetables, fruit and cancer. II Mechanisms. Cancer Causes Control 2 (6): 427-42.

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Norma - June 1, 2006 1:29 PM's only obvious that the best thing to do is eat MANY DIFFERENT fruits and veggies in LARGE quantities in order to benefit from ALL the protection they provide us! :)

We will never learn of all the value from each and everyone and will never learn the best combinations, that's why we should just eat lots of all!

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