37 Cancer Fighting Foods & Drinks

Cancer is one of the most feared diseases, and there are so many different forms that it can feel overwhelming to try to prevent them all. If you’ve already been diagnosed as having cancer, it becomes crucial to make sure that your body is getting the nutrients it needs to help battle it back and support the body during treatment. Here are dozens of foods that have each shown to be beneficial in the fight against cancer, and preventing it from happening in the first place.

37 Cancer Fighting Foods-for prevention & recovery.

Red Wine

There is a chemical specifically in red wine that shows promise for being a cancer fighter. It’s called resveratrol and you may have heard of it, as it has been popping up not just in red wine, but on supplement claiming to contain it. For years doctors have been recommending a glass of red wine per day for heart health. Only recently has it been discovered that there may be anti-cancer benefits. Many pills out there claim to have far more resveratrol in them than red wine has, but be sure to check the facts first.

Green Tea

Green tea is full of antioxidants, more so than other teas because it doesn’t undergo as much processing, leaving all of these important cancer fighting minerals intact. It’s worth the time and effort to incorporate this into your diet because it doesn’t just help prevent certain cancers from forming, it can help battle them back if you’ve already got them. The good news is that it’s not just one or two studies that have confirmed this, and it has also withstood the test of time and been verified on repeated tests. It’s a bonafide ally against cancer and also provides plenty of additional benefits.


You’ll never look at this simple root the same way again once you hear how it’s able to help you on your quest to stay battle back cancer. It actually gets cancer cells to kill themselves. Pretty powerful, huh? It also has anti-inflammatory properties, so it’s working to help with cancer in two distinct ways. Scientists are even hopeful that it can help with some of the harder-to fight cancers as well. The other great feature is that it can add some delicious flavor to a meal, so it’s not very hard to start getting more of it.


This superspice even gets props from the American Cancer Society for its antioxidant value. They do state that it’s too early to tell if research being conducted on it proves that these antioxidants provide anti-inflammatory benefits. But time and time again it seems that ages old wisdom gets proven right, and this is a spice that has been used for hundreds of years for its healing benefits. With all that we know about antioxidants and the way they help prevent and also assist in eradicating cancer, it’s easy enough to start using it now.


It seems that you can’t go wrong when choosing your beans. Whether they’re white beans which Dr. Oz recommends, or navy or black beans, the research shows that they’re able to provide plenty of fiber and fatty acids that help provide protection against cancer growth, before it starts or helping to prevent its spread. You don’t have to go all out and start eating beans at every meal in order to reap the benefits. You simply start adding roughly half a cup just a couple of times a week and you’ll be covered.

Dark Chocolate

The antioxidants in dark chocolate have only recently made the news as being a healthy thing to have in your diet. For years it was thought that chocolate only made you fat and was a form of sweet that was bad for your health. This is still true for milk chocolate, and the healthy benefits only apply to dark chocolate. The less processed chocolate you can find, the better, as many companies like to tinker with it, it can be hard to find it in an untouched form. Look for pure and organic dark chocolate, and satisfy your craving without going overboard.


You may remember your parents telling you to eat your broccoli, and it turns out they were right. This is one of the bigger cancer fighters out there, because it hits on many different levels. The fiber it contains has its own benefit and can help contribute to getting your daily fiber needs met. Colon and bladder cancer top the list of types that are helped by eating broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables. Broccoli is one of the more available cancer fighting foods on our list, and you can pick it up in several forms at a grocery store near you.


Get plenty more benefit by making sure you cook your tomatoes. This helps to release more of the lycopene, the phytochemical that is thought to provide the cancer fighting benefits. The science has backed tomatoes for years now, and it turns out that what was commonly understood is actually true and verified. These provide a powerful antioxidant, and it seems that prostate cancer may be the type that is most likely to be avoided or aided by increasing your tomato intake. Hear that guys? Eat more cooked tomatoes!


Here is another way to help prevent prostate cancer, as well as breast cancer. Up your input of walnuts. They contain omega-3s, which is surprising because you may only equate that with oily fish, but there is a plant-based form of it as well, and this is what walnuts have. The tests that have been conducted have been on mice, but that shouldn’t stop you from getting a head start on consuming more of them. The recommendation appears to be to eat a few handfuls a day for best results, so just sprinkling a few here and there won’t cut it. Try using them as a snack to hold you over between meals.

Users Comments:



  • Ludmila

    I’ m surprised to see wine and green tea as examples of anticancer food
    And alcohol isn’t bad
    and teina is not bad too?

  • Lisa

    Thanks so much for website. love it lisa

  • Lacey Smith

    Love, love, love this! Definitely passing it along to a friend of mine battling cancer, I know she’ll really appreciate the article! There’s a great cookbook out right now called “Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen” by Annette Ramke & Kendall Scott. Their website, http://thekickingkitchen.com/, is really great too. I bought the cookbook for my friend and she’s raved about the recipes. Thanks for this post!!

  • Matilda

    I will deff. Start implementing these foods in my & my family daily lives. Since cancer has taken both my mom & dad from our lives!! Thank you for sharing 😉

  • tina

    this was very good information. my mom has cancer. shes 74 yr.s old. found out last year. im her daughter tina. and we are not here on earth to give up but to live strong and long. but one thing I belive in are better days to come but not as we know it. but a place of no tears or sadness no crying. my words are don’t give up do all you can.

  • Bridgette

    This information is very useful as I have recently been diagnosis with Breast cancer I with use this list to help fight this thank you

  • Catherine Nicholas

    Congratulations on a wonderful website. The information is sound and truly valuable. Do keep up this great work.

  • Susan

    I already eat almost all of these foods on a regular basis and am awaiting results of ultrasound and biopsy of my breast. I also am of normal weight, exercise regularly and don’t smoke. So if cancer is going to find you, I don’t think any of this matters.

  • TIffany

    I love green tea. I can’t have a day without it. What make me feel happier is that most of these foods are common in my smoothies. I guess I’m on the right track. Great post!

  • Iri

    Have you heard of Graviola?

  • Marie

    Great information. While there is no 100% prevention, I believe eating foods like these will also help tremendously. Don’t forget to keep a positive attitude through all of this and pray as prayer is very powerful.

  • Sharyl

    I was very happy to find that I am already eating many foods that will help to fight my cancer.
    I drink a fruit smoothie nearly everyday and will start adding some of the veggies, like kale and spinach leaves, that I don’t eat now. I’ll also try adding flax to my soups. Thank you for the great website.

  • harbans

    Let me read thoroughly

  • Barbara Fernald

    I already eat more than half of the suggested foods every day. Just in my fruit smoothie I mix 1 cup fresh spinach, 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, turmeric, prunes, flaxseed meal, 1/4 cup fresh carrots, 5 lge strawberries and 1/2 cup blueberries I mix it with a cup of water. Plus for lunch and supper I make sure that I add other things from the list.

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