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The early combination of chemotherapy and nutrition therapy is able to save the lives of thousands of cancer patients.

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Some cancer survivors have been fortunate enough to use a combination of natural cancer treatments themselves at home, in conjunction with conventional medical treatments.

Today, the early combination of chemotherapy and nutrition therapy is able to save the lives of thousands of cancer patients.

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These 7 foods will help you combat cancer quicker.

1. Vegetables

Since they’re exceptionally rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and enzymes, leafy green veggies are a must eat.

They contain really low calories, fats, sodium and other toxins. From spinach to kale, cabbage and broccoli to your local ewedu and ugu all are rich in antioxidants known to combat cancer, including vitamin C and beta-carotene (a type of vitamin A).

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Many are rich in glutathione, known as the body’s “master antioxidant”

many other vegetables are beneficial for lowering cancer risk, including onions, zucchini, asparagus, artichokes, peppers, carrots and beets.

2. Berries

Blueberries, raspberries, cherries, strawberries, goji berries, camu camu and blackberries are easy to find and use in numerous types of recipes — which is good news considering they supply vitamin C, vitamin A and gallic acid, a powerful antifungal/antiviral agent that increases immunity.

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Berries are also rich in proanthocyanidin antioxidants, which have been observed to have anti-ageing properties and are capable of lowering free radical damage.

High amounts of phenols, zeaxanthin, lycopene, cryptoxanthin, lutein and polysaccharides are other berry benefits.

3. Fresh Herbs and Spices

In Nigeria people run away from spices but if you are currently dealing with cancer, you might want to consider these alternatives.

Turmeric, which contains the active ingredient curcumin, has been shown to decrease tumour size and fight colon and breast cancer.

Along with black pepper, ginger, raw garlic, thyme, cayenne pepper, oregano, basil and parsley.

Aim for one teaspoon of turmeric powder and 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper or more daily, which can easily be used in a tonic drink, with eggs or in a veggie stir fry.

4. Dairy Products

Dairy products are a rich source of “good bacteria” probiotics, which are microorganisms that promote a natural bacterial balance in your intestinal microflora and help increase immunity.

One of the easiest ways to consume more probiotics is in their most natural state, which includes raw milk products such as cheese, wara (an Illorin meal), kefir and yoghurt.

5. Teas

While all traditional teas seem to be beneficial, the most significant effects on human health have been attributed to green tea, such as matcha green tea. It contains the highest percentage of polyphenolic compounds, catechin, gallocatechin and EGCG.

6. Fresh fish

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A new species -- like this fish -- is discovered in the Amazon area, spread over nine South American countries, every two days on average

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Especially small fish, including salmon, mackerel and sardines are anti-inflammatory omega-3 foods that are correlated with better brain, hormonal and nervous system health. Omega-3 fatty acids exert anti-inflammatory effects, and therefore recent studies have connected them to cancer prevention and natural enhancement of antitumour therapies.

7. Unrefined Oils

Replace refined vegetable oils, hydrogenated oils and trans fats with quality oils, including flax oil, extra virgin olive oil, cod oil and coconut oil. These nourish your gut and promote better immune function, help you reach and maintain a healthy weight, plus flaxseed and cod liver oil contain essential omega-3 fatty acids that can help energize your cells.

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