5 vitamins that protect against cancer
Cancer is the most important life-threatening health problem in the world after heart diseases, and the fight against cancer begins with measures to be taken before the disease occurs. At the beginning of these is the trio of active life, stress control and healthy nutrition. The rule in healthy eating is to consume a balanced ratio from each food group. At this point, attention is drawn to the importance of vitamins A, B, C, D and E. Associate Professor from Memorial Diyarbakir Hospital, Department of Medical Oncology. Dr. Ahmet Şiyar Ekinci gave information about 5 vitamins that have very important roles in the fight against cancer.
Vitamin A, which reduces the effect of carcinogens
Green and yellow colored vegetables and fruits contain “carotenoids”, which are precursors of vitamin A. These have strong antioxidant properties and turn into vitamin A in the body. Foods such as liver, milk fat, and egg yolk are rich in carotenoids in the content of vitamin A. With these properties, it provides protection against cancer by reducing the effect of carcinogenic substances.
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B vitamins that strengthen the immune system
Having a sufficient amount of B vitamins in the body is very important in terms of strengthening the immune system. The body’s strong defense system is protective against many diseases, including cancer. Red meat, fish, liver, milk, eggs, soybeans, spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms, green leafy plants and legumes are rich in B vitamins.
With its regenerative properties C vitamin
Vitamin C strengthens the immune system, increases the production of collagen, provides regeneration of skin, cartilage, tendons, ligaments and blood vessels. Important diseases such as heart, arthritis and cancer can occur in vitamin C deficiency. With this feature, vitamin C can neutralize carcinogenic substances taken into the body and form a shield against cancer. Vitamin C is found mostly in fresh vegetables and fruits. Foods with rich vitamin C content; rosehip, parsley, cress, arugula, other green leafy vegetables, cauliflower, green green pepper, citrus fruits, tomatoes, strawberries and potatoes.
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Vitamin D that strengthens bones
Adequate levels of vitamin D in the body reduce the risk of breast and colon cancer in particular. It is found in small amounts in liver, egg yolk, milk and dairy products. Vitamin D requirement cannot be adequately met with daily diet. In this regard, the best source of vitamin D is the sun. Taking advantage of the sun’s rays regularly helps the formation of vitamin D in the precursor of the skin and helps the body meet the amount it needs. However, being in contact with excessive and long sun rays causes damage to the skin. In this case, the effect of vitamin D is lost and the risk of skin cancer is triggered. Taking advantage of the sun in a controlled way ensures the formation of sufficient vitamin D in the body. It also reduces the risk of bone cancer by increasing the amount of calcium in the body.
Vitamin E protecting healthy cells
With its antioxidant effect, vitamin E protects healthy cells in the body against the destructive effects of free radicals. It strengthens the immune system and makes the body resistant to viruses and bacteria. It interacts with cells and performs important functions of the body. By reducing the effect of toxic substances, it prevents the oxidation of fats and cells with its strong antioxidant properties. It is found in various foods, especially vegetable oils, green leafy vegetables, whole grains, nuts such as nuts, peanuts, and dried legumes.