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Salads Rich in Anti-Pancreatic Cancer Nutrients (Recipes)


If you're looking for salad recipes that could help reduce your risk of pancreatic cancer, this recipe page is for you! The super-healthy salad recipes below combine foods that are among the best natural sources of purported anti-pancreatic cancer nutrients such as pro-vitamin A, glucosinolates, quercetin, glutathione, vitamin E, and vitamin C. But before you get started on the salad recipes below, you may want to read the section Diet Tips for Pancreatic Cancer Prevention and the section Foods That Prevent Pancreatic Cancer which focus on providing more general information about nutrition and pancreatic cancer.


Carrot and Avocado Salad

Almost everyone knows that carrots are good for eyes, but did you know that they are also an excellent anti-cancer vegetable? Carrots contain falcarinol—a compound that has been shown to inhibit the development of cancer. Researchers found that rats that had pre-cancerous tumors and that were fed carrots were one third less likely to develop full-scale tumors than the animals in the control group. Also the avocados in this salad are a good source of anti-cancer nutrients such as vitamin E, vitamin C, and glutathione.
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Fennel and Strawberry Salad

Upgrade your Pancreatic Cancer Prevention Diet with this mouthwatering salad! This recipe uses crisp fennel, juicy strawberries, refreshing cucumber, and crunchy walnuts to create a super-healthy salad that is full of vitamins and other nutrients. The walnuts and strawberries in this salad are loaded with antioxidants, and fennel is rich in folate, fiber, and vitamin C. Fennel also contains anethole which is a powerful anti-cancer compound.
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Arugula, Avocado and Tomato Salad

While extremely low in calories, arugula stores a goldmine of health promoting phytochemicals. It is a great source of glucosinolates which turn into isothiocyanates when you chew it. Isothiocyanates are known to neutralize carcinogens and to inhibit cancer cell proliferation. Also the tomatoes and avocados in this salad possess anti-cancer and antioxidant properties, while the vinegar helps lower the glycemic load of this salad. Low glycemic meals help control the production of insulin and insulin-like growth factor, hormones that stimulate tumor proliferation, progression, and spreading within the body.
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ACE Salad

This summery salad works like magic to soothe your soul—and to give you extra protection against pancreatic cancer. It is loaded with the ACE vitamins (pro-vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E) that are famous for their strong antioxidant powers.
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Salmon Salad

This salmon salad makes a great anti-cancer meal. Salmon provides an excellent source of omega 3-fatty acids and the carotenoid astaxanthin, both of which are believed to have a protective effect against cancer. Also the cherry tomatoes in this salad have anti-cancer properties due to their high concentration of lycopene, a carotenoid with powerful antioxidant properties. In addition, both red onions and capers are packed with quercetin, a bioflavonoid that has anti-cancer, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties.
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Beet and Carrot Salad with Ginger

This recipe pairs beets with carrots to create a potent weapon against pancreatic cancer. Studies have found betacyanin, a phytochemical responsible for beets' intense purple color, to be highly effective at preventing cancer while carrots contain falcarinol—a compound that has been shown to inhibit the development of cancer. The anti-cancer compounds in beets and carrots are heat-sensitive and therefore it is best to consume these powerful root vegetables raw like in this salad.
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Super-Nutritious Broccoli Salad with Apples and Cranberries

Broccoli contains some extraordinary compounds that have been shown to reduce DNA mutation, neutralize carcinogenic substances, trigger apoptosis in cancer cells, help prevent the development of benign tumors into malignant tumors, and help prevent the spread of cancer from one organ to another. The cancer-fighting potential of raw broccoli—which this recipe calls for—appears to be particularly high: according to one study, cooking may destroy as much as 90% of sulforaphane—the key anti-cancer substance in broccoli. Besides broccoli, this salad boasts a number of other anti-cancer foods, including cranberries (rich in ellagic acid), sunflower seeds (packed with antioxidants such as vitamin E and selenium), and apples and red onions (excellent dietary sources of quercetin).
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Radicchio, Cress and Pear Salad

Not only do garden cress and radicchio add a peppery edge to this refreshing salad, they also provide a number of health benefits. The beautiful red leaves of radicchio contain anthocyanins, the same plant pigments that give blueberries their intense color — and famous health benefits. Garden cress delivers glucosinolates, health-protecting compounds that have made Brassica vegetables – such cabbage, rocket, and broccoli – popular among health-conscious cooks.
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Romaine and Smoked Salmon Salad

Salmon provides an excellent source of the healthful omega 3-fatty acids which are believed to have a protective effect against pancreatic cancer, in addition to their other health benefits. In addition to omega-3 fatty acids, salmon contains astaxanthin, a carotenoid that has strong antioxidant activity. Also carrots are naturally rich in carotenoids, especially beta-carotene, and can further enhance the cancer-fighting properties of this wholesome salad. The radishes in this salad help detoxify the body and provide plenty of vitamin C, folic acid, and anthocyanins, all of which can help prevent cancer.
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Tomato, Cucumber and Red Onion Salad

Tomatoes have several interesting properties that make them exceptional at helping prevent cancer. Their most notable quality: they contain lycopene which is a strong antioxidant. Also the onions in this salad can help reduce the odds of cancer. Onions are one of the best natural sources of quercetin, a bioflavonoid that has anti-cancer, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. The cancer preventing effects of this salad may be further strengthened by balsamic vinegar, which not only adds an invigorating pungency to this salad but which also supplies compounds that can significantly lower the glycemic load of the meal. Low glycemic foods help control the production of insulin and insulin-like growth factor, two hormones that can stimulate tumor proliferation, progression, and spreading within the body.
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