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Cabbage, broccoli, kale and sprouts



Eating cruciferous vegetables once a week can also cut lung cancer risk for people with inactive forms of two genes, says the International Agency for Cancer Research, because they are rich in isothiocyanates.






Blueberries are so powerful in retarding ageing that they can even reverse failing memory. A study at Tufts University in Boston found that after two months, older rats navigated mazes faster, had better balance and were more co-ordinated — skills regulated by the brain. Key to their potency is the antioxidant content. Blueberries also contain resveratrol and studies have highlighted the cholesterol-fighting benefits of another antioxidant, pterostilbene. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, pterostilbene acts like anticholesterol drugs to protect the heart.






Several studies have shown that eating ten or more servings of tomato sauce or tomatoes a week reduced prostate cancer risk by 45 per cent. While several components act together to provide disease-fighting properties, the most potent is lycopene, the substance that makes tomatoes red. Two years ago, Dutch researchers reported that a dose of lycopene slowed tumour growth by 50 per cent. “We still haven’t reached a conclusion that the risk of prostate cancer is reduced by increasing lycopene intake,†says Dr Chris Hiley, head of policy and research at the Prostate Cancer Charity. “But it is very clear that men should eat a varied and healthy diet, and tomato and tomato-based products have a place in that.â€






his year, Elio Riboli, a professor of cancer epidemiology at Imperial College London, reported that two servings of 8g (½oz) of nuts a week (a saucer) lowered the risk of a heart attack by 11 per cent. Nuts are high in fat, but most is beneficial monounsaturated fat. And they don’t necessarily cause you to put on weight which would, in turn, raise the chances of obesity-related disorders.






A German study found that garlic prolonged cancer-survival time in animals by about 5 per cent, which in humans might add about four years. The benefits could be due to allium, a sulphur-based compound and responsible for the characteristic smell. Last year, researchers at Liverpool John Moores Unversity (LJMU) showed how an aged garlic extract reduced the chance of a heart attack in patients with existing coronary conditions. “Garlic has been shown to have antithrombotic effects in that it stops clotting and may have a role in the prevention and management of cardiovascular disease,†says Dr Gordon Lowe of the Nutraceutical Research Group at LJMU.



Oily fish



Despite recent speculation that oily fish (such as mackerel) might not be as heart-helpful as has been thought, most experts recommend that 300g a week (3-4 servings). Oily fish contains high levels of omega-3 fatty acids which protect the heart — experts recommend the fish is steamed or baked. One study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that eating that amount regularly cuts the risk of dying from heart disease by up to a third.






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