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Lower Your Cancer Risks With Vegetables

Last week, I shared more scientific evidence that, no doubt, shows how eating your vegetables is a healthy, non-drug way to beat heart disease and build stronger bones. Increasing your vegetable intake also lowers your risk of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL).

Scientists monitored the vegetable intake of some 2,400 women (ages 20-74) participating in a National Cancer Institute study investigating the incidence of NHL from 1998-2000. Not surprisingly, patients who ate the most vegetables -- 20 servings or more a week -- lowered their NHL risks by an amazing 42 percent, even when the consumption of processed and fried foods are taken into account.

In fact, researchers found even fewer weekly servings -- three or more of cruciferous vegetables and six or more of green leafy vegetables -- made a difference. And, a patient's NHL risk dropped even lower -- 46 percent -- with higher intakes of foods full of lutein and zeaxanthin, including eggs, and green vegetables and fruits (kiwi, broccoli, brussel sprouts).

And, patients who were the most active and had the leanest body mass index also lowered their NHL risks, proving once again diet and exercise work together to lower your risk for disease and help you treat health problems.

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 83, No. 6, June 2006: 1401-1410

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