It seems agreed upon that the top 4 berries that fight cancer are blackberries, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries. Now, you can chow down on tons of these berries and actually hurt yourself if they aren’t organic. That’s because berries are one of the hardest foods to remove pesticides from. In fact strawberries are part of the dirty dozen. Haven’t heard of the dirty dozen? Well, here’s a list from the David Suzuki Foundation.
The dirty dozen and the clean 15 refer respectively to the fruits and vegetables that are the most and least contaminated by pesticide use…
The Dirty Dozen (in order of contamination)
Sweet bell peppers
and while we’re at it here are the clean 15 🙂
The Clean 15 (in order of least contamination)
So, the important thing to note is that even though strawberries are a great cancer fighter they are among the most heavily sprayed food in our diets. That means that you really don’t want to eat strawberries unless they’re organic or grown in your backyard. In fact, I wouldn’t eat any berries unless they are organic but you definitely want to eat them and here’s why. 🙂
Scientists have found berries have some of the highest antioxidant levels of any fresh fruits (measured as ORAC), and kale and spinach are the only vegetables with ORAC values as high as fresh, delicious berries. Fresh berries are some of the most powerful (and delicious) disease-fighting foods available. Read More
Here’s a bit more information that you might enjoy watching.
Here’s the thing with using foods as your medicine. In the same way that certain medicines are used for certain ailments it’s the same with foods. So, one food may help fight a particular type of cancer and another food…well…not so much. So, you have to do a bit of research based on your type of cancer. Or, you if you have no cancer, God bless ya, then you can eat a bit of everything.
Now, as you might already know, my cancer is rare and has not been studied enough to know which berries will fight the particular cancer that I have. I have carcinoid cancer as you can tell from the title of the blog. Any how, that rule goes for the other foods as well and not just the berries. That is why I made the master list of cancer fighting foods. Since I cannot know which foods will work on my cancer, I have have decided to take a “broad spectrum” approach and to eat a wide variety of the most effective foods that fight cancer. So, unfortunately for me I’m just gonna have to chow down on tons of these delicious berries. Poor me! 🙂
Enjoy and stay strong,
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