Foods to help prevent cancer

Foods to help prevent cancer

Foods to help prevent cancer

Although certain cancers have a hereditary component,  behavioural factors and food intake may also contribute to the development of cancer. Maternal dietary intake plays a significant factor is the healthy development of a baby. During pregnancy, the basic principles of healthy eating remain the same – plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and healthy fats. However, there are a few key nutrients that are essential. These include:

            •          Folate & Folic acid for preventing brain and spinal cord related diseases. 600 to 1,000 micrograms of folate or folic acid a day throughout pregnancy is recommended.

            •          Vitamin D and calcium for strong bones and teeth. Recommended consumption of calcium is 1,000 milligrams (mg) a day and 600 international units (IU) a day of vitamin D

            •          Protein to promote healthy baby’s growth during pregnancy. 71 grams (g) a day is recommended.

            •          Iron to prevent iron deficiency anaemia which could result in premature birth, postpartum depression and headaches. 27 milligrams a day is recommended during pregnancy.

Other important nutrients include omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B12, choline, and flavonoids.

Healthy foods for healthy children!

Fruits and vegetables are the top beneficiaries when it comes to lowering the risk of cancer, according to thousands of research including Cancer Council Australia.  Numerous vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables may lower your chance of developing cancer in specific digestive system parts, such the mouth and stomach.Alliums, which includes garlic, onion, chives, leeks, and shallots, contain ajoene, a substance that aids in the destruction of cancer cells. 

Different child have different nutritional needs depending on factors such as their daily lifestyle, genetics and age. However, some generally beneficial foods for children include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and low-fat dairy. It is pertinent to be intaking the correct amount of food depending on your age to have a healthy body. Limiting processed foods, sugary drinks, and red meat; and choosing healthy fats such as olive oil and avocados would be beneficial.