Anti-Cancer Salad Recipe

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OK, as promised, here is my recipe for a super healthy salad that will work to boost your immune system so you are ready to battle any cancer cells coming your way. By the way, we all have cancerous cells at one time or another. It’s just that sometimes they get out of control and develop a tumour. But first, a little lesson for you. I’ll do my best to explain why each ingredient is important. I extracted information from a recent book, ‘Super Immunity’ by Joel Fuhrman, M.D. . The ingredients change depending on what is available but a representative from each family of ingredients is included.

Cruciferous Veggies: (best chopped small and raw or very lightly steamed)

Arugula, bok choy, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, horseradish, kale, kohlrabi, mustard greens, radishes, red cabbage, turnip greens, watercress. 

When these veggies are chopped or blended (raw), the sulfur-containing compounds convert into isothiocyanates (ITC’s) which are powerful immune-boosters with anticancer activity. Not all ITC’s do the same thing. Some kill cancer cells, some decrease inflammation among other duties.  "ITC’s can inhibit angiogenesis, the process by which a tumor promotes blood vessel growth to feed its multiplying and growing cancer cells with nourishment.” , Joel Fuhrman.  

Mushrooms: (cooked)

Just your basic white mushroom is full of amazing benefits. The phytochemicals are anti-inflammatory so they are helpful for people with autoimmune diseases like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. 

In addition, they enhance the activity and function of natural killer T cells (NKT cells). They detect damaged cells (often the first stage of a possible cancer cell) and attack them. They release killing granules. 

Mushrooms also contain an angiogenesis inhibitor (inhibit growth of abnormal cells) like the cruciferous veggies. As Joel says, “Cancers, tumours and fat secrete angiogenesis-promoting compounds that fuel their own growth; but mushrooms say no.”

Anti-Angiogenic Foods/Nutrients:

allium family (onion family), berries, black rice, cinnamon, citrus fruits, cruciferous veggies, flax seeds, ginger, grapes, green tea, mushrooms, omega-3 fats, peppers, pomegranate, quince, resveratrol, soybeans, spinach, tomatoes, turmeric

There is just so, so much information to pass along. I highly encourage you to read Super Immunity.

When putting your meals together, remember GOMBBS:

greens, onions, mushrooms, berries, beans, seeds


Anti-Cancer Salad (organic as much as possible)

kale (thinly chopped)

spinach

broccoli (chopped small in processor)

pomegranate seeds (1/2) 

tomatoes

radishes

orange  (chopped)

hemp seed hearts

carrot (grated)

walnuts

1 drop of iodine per person (promotes apoptosis-cell death)  (kelp extract)

Dressing: very simple (oil, vinegar, pepper)

About a table spoon of high quality olive oil  and a good amount of balsamic vinegar (both from the Pristine Olive). Add a sprinkle of pepper.  That’s it! You could add garlic and fancy up the dressing but hey, I’m usually just being quick. 

While these ingredients are immune boosters, they work even better when you combine them together. Experiment and find a few combinations you like. Ingredients will change as the seasons change but now you can add them with more knowhow!

And what the heck is apoptosis? It is cell death, which is a natural occurrence in our bodies.  Cells naturally die and get replaced by new cells. This is healthy. When cells don’t die, but instead keep on dividing, you have a tumor situation going on. This tumor can have pieces break off and move through your body (metastasis). That’s not good! So cancer cells just don’t die. Iodine promotes cell death. And if it doesn’t get caught by iodine then we have anti-angiogenic foods that won’t let your body feed it. See why we need a variety of foods? One main source of iodine is kelp. I don’t know about you but I don’t use much salt (table salt is iodized) and if I do, it’s usually sea salt (non-iodized). I don’t each much kelp or dulce, nor fish due to mercury).  It’s a tough world out there!  Hard to make good decisions!

I know, a lot of information to digest. Enjoy and be healthy! 

Jennifer : )



© Jennifer Wasylenko 2013