Green Tea
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Green Tea is one of the strongest cancer fighters around due to high amounts of polyphenols (antioxidant compounds) in the tea called catechins. Catechins appear to block the damaging effects of cancer causing agents by reducing enzyme activity that can create free radicals and directly kill those particles. Yes, green tea tells cancer cells to die! A 1997 study done at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio showed some amazing findings. Researchers noticed that the green tea catechins patched up oxidative damage to the cell wall to keep the cancer cell from leaking and contaminating the cells around it, but some of the oxidative damage inside the cell was left untouched so that the cell would die quicker. Once that cancer cell died, it could be replaced by a healthy cell. By forcing cancer cells to die early and stopping them from reproducing, the cancer cannot spread or grow and new tissue can grow in its place. Green tea has been shown to help prevent lung, breast, stomach, esophageal, and colon cancers.

Bottom line : Consume 3-10 cups of green tea daily to experience the tremendous benefits of this cancer fighting powerhouse.

(Balch, James F., The Super Antioxidants, M. Evans and Company, Inc. 1999; 177-178)

 Beverages
 Green tea
 Ginger tea
 Pomegranate juice (no sugar added)
 Carrot juice 
 
 Fiber
 Black beans
 Fruits and veggies
 Kidney beans
 Lentils 
 Navy beans
 Pinto beans
 Whole grain pastas
 Split pea soup
 Whole grains 
  
Fruits and Veggies
 Apples
 Apricots
 Beets
 Bell peppers
 Blueberries
 Broccoli
 Brussels sprouts
 Cabbage
 Cantaloupe
 Carrots
 Cauliflower
 Chard
 Dark grapes
 Grapefruit
 Kale
 Leafy greens (the darker, the better)
 Lemons
 Lentils
 Lime
 Mango
 Mushrooms
 Onion
 Oranges
 Pomegranate
 Radish
 Raspberries
 Rutabaga
 Spinach
 Squash
 Strawberries
 Sweet potatoes
 Tomatoes
 Turnip
  
 Herbs/Spices
 Basil
 Chives
 Cinnamon
 Curry
 Garlic
 Ginger
 Rosemary
 Turmeric
  
 Oils, Nuts/Seeds
 Pecans
 Walnuts
 Almonds
 Cashews
 Pumpkin seeds
 Sesame seeds
 Hazelnuts
 Flaxseed and oil
 Olive oil 
 Canola oil
  
 Whole Grains
 Brown Rice
 Flaxseeds
 Oats and oatmeal
 Quinoa
 Wheat 
 Foods to Avoid
 No fried foods
 No margarine or vegetable oils
 No peanuts/peanut oil/peanut butter
 No lamb or red meat
 No sugar (Stevia sweetener is okay)
 No “white foods” such as white flour, 
sugar, white rice, white pastas 
 No cured or preserved meats such as
 ham/bacon/sausage/hot dogs/beef jerky/ 
bologna/salami/sandwich meats.
 No artificial sweeteners/additives/colorings
 No processed foods
 No barbeque or smoked foods 
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Feel free to print out this list and tape it to your pantry or fridge!

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