Colon cancer is not only very expensive to treat but more so very expensive to cure. However, did you know that you can protect your colon from the risk of cancer? It all starts and greatly depends on ones diet. This is because, certain substances found in food are carcinogenic.
To start with, a diet rich in fiber- rich foods is a protective diet. Studies in this regard have shown that fiber helps protect the colon from cancer. Some types of fiber to this extent detoxify some substances that have the potential of being cancerous and also prevent such substances from being absorbed into intestinal cells. Whole grains in this regard are rich in fiber.
In addition, it is advisable to reduce animal fat and red meat in the diet. Carcinogenic substances in red meat are more so found when the meat is prepared under high temperatures such as grilling and frying.
Other foods with a protective effect include vegetables. Vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts have a protective effect because they increase the body’s ability to detoxify carcinogenic substances in food. More so, Brussels sprouts have been shown to have the ability to lower the development of per-cancerous cells in the colon.
Chicken and fish too have been shown to have a protective effect against cancer. These foods are rich in B6 that is involved in several enzymatic reactions including DNA synthesis. Moreover, fish oils contain omega- 3 fats that reduce the production of prostaglandins in the intestines.
Finally, reduction in alcohol intake will greatly protect the colon from cancer. Intake of alcohol damages DNA and impairs body cells from correcting the damage.