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Continued: Main Dishes with Cancer-Fighting Potential

Are you desperate to find healthy recipes for main dishes that are ideal for people who want to reduce their risk of cancer? We have you covered! Note that this is the second page in our recipe collection of main dishes that feature cancer-fighting ingredients. To view the first page where you find more similar recipes, click here.

Apple and Onion Soup

This recipe combines apples and onions, two of nature's best sources of quercetin, a bioflavonoid that has strong anti-cancer properties. Studies have associated the consumption of both apples and onions with a reduced risk of many cancers.
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Wholesome Winter Pea and Watercress Soup

This light soup with a wonderful silky texture draws on the health benefits of watercress, a super food that has been used to treat a wide range of ailments for centuries. Recent research suggests that eating fresh watercress daily can significantly reduce blood cell DNA damage. DNA damage in blood cells is an indicator of a person's overall cancer risk. Watercress contains a special mustard oil that is known to have significant anti-cancer properties. But the anti-cancer properties of watercress may also be attributable to the high levels of vitamin C, beta-carotene, and lutein contained in these little peppery leaves. In one study, consumption of watercress increased test subjects' blood levels of lutein and beta-carotene by 100% and 33%, respectively. Also the onion featured in this soup has anti-cancer properties.
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Tangy Tomato Soup with Basil

Not only shallots, garlic and basil lend their flavorss to create this flavorsome soup, but they also offer a multitude of health benefits, especially for people who want to reduce their risk of cancer. Allicin, which gives garlic its infamous odor, has been shown to slow down and prevent certain types of cancer, when consumed regularly. Population studies have also found that cultures with a high consumption of garlic (e.g. China, Japan, France) have a reduced the risk of stomach, colon, pancreatic, esophageal, and breast cancer. Shallots, on the other hand, are supercharged with quercetin, a bioflavonoid that has anti-cancer, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties while basil is rich in flavonoids which provide antioxidant protection.
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Wholewheat Pasta with Nettle Pesto

This pasta dish won't sting your tongue; it will only do your body good. Young, blanched nettle leaves are completely edible, and they are packed with antioxidants and flavonoids. The whole wheat pasta this recipe calls for is a healthy alternative to the traditional white pasta.
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Barley Soup with Beans and Basil

Diets rich in beans have been associated with a reduced risk of several types of cancer, including breast, prostate, and colon cancer. The barley, basil, and tomatoes this recipe calls for also add to the cancer-fighting properties of this scrumptious soup as they are all rich in antioxidant compounds.
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Carrot and Avocado Salad

Almost everyone knows that carrots are good for your eyesight, 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 deliver an abundance of cancer-preventing nutrients such as vitamin E and glutathione.
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Nourishing Nettle Soup

Nettle—the star of this super healthy soup—is rich in antioxidants such as vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, selenium, zinc, and flavonoids. Many of these antioxidants are known to have a synergistic effect and to protect each other from oxidation, thereby enhancing the overall antioxidant prowess of this healthy soup.
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Curried Sweet Potato Soup

Sweet potatoes are one of the most nutritious vegetables and an excellent ingredient for anti-cancer dishes. The pink, orange, and yellow varieties are one of the most concentrated food sources of beta-carotene (the more intense the color, the more beta-carotene). In addition, sweet potatoes contain vitamin C as well as unique root proteins which, according to preliminary studies, may have significant antioxidant properties. Also garlic, onions, and curry powder contain substances that are known to possess strong anti-tumor and anti-cancer properties.
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Stir-Fried Asparagus with Quinoa Noodles

Asparagus is at the top of the list of foods with the highest concentration of glutathione, a 'master antioxidant' that has been garnering well-deserved attention in recent years. Glutathione appears to have widespread functions, many of which may contribute to a reduced risk of cancer. For example, it has been shown to be effective at detoxifying foreign substances including carcinogens, boosting the immune system by influencing lymphocytes, and protecting cells against free radical damage.
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Broccoli and Barley Soup

Broccoli is one of the best foods you can eat if you want to turbo-charge your anti-cancer diet. Broccoli contains some extraordinary compounds that have been shown to induce apoptosis in cancer cells, neutralize carcinogenic substances, help prevent the development of benign tumors into malignant tumors,fight DNA damage, and help prevent the spread of cancer from one organ to another. Also barley is an excellent weapon in your anti-cancer arsenal as it is loaded with selenium, with a mere cup of cooked barley containing more than 50% of the daily value for this trace mineral.
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