On March 31st, 2014, President Obama declared April 2014 as National Cancer Control Month. “While it is impossible to completely eliminate the risk of cancer, we can take action to reduce our chances of developing this disease. Not smoking, eating a healthy diet rich in fruit and vegetables, getting regular exercise, and limiting alcohol consumption and sun exposure can decrease the risk of certain cancers while also keeping us healthy day-to-day,” states Barak Obama.
To read the Presidential Proclamation, please see following link: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/03/31/presidential-proclamation-national-cancer-control-month-2014.
The American Institute for Cancer Research is continually working towards finding ways to prevent and cure this ongoing disease. They have recently updated their findings on two categories that are close to home for us, Apples and Cherries.
Apples are a good source of both soluble and insoluble fiber, defining them as being “heart healthy”. They are also a good source of vitamin C. They contain phytochemicals including Quercetin (a flavonoid that shows anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties), other flavonoids including epicatechin and in red apples, anthocyanins, and they have triterpenoids in the apple peels. Being antioxidants and dietary fiber in several ways lower cancer risks, it seems increasing Apple Consumption makes a lot of sense! Studies have shown that Apples probably lower the risk in the following cancers: Mouth, Pharynx, Larynx, Esophagus, Lung, and Stomach. Please see the following link to learn more of the specific findings the American Institute for Cancer Research shows on their website pertaining to Apples and Cancer Prevention: http://www.aicr.org/foods-that-fight-cancer/apples.html#intro.
Cherries are a good source of fiber, and vitamin C. They contain potassium, and a variety of phytochemicals (hydroxycinnamic acid and perillyl alcohol) contributing to both color and antioxidants as well as dietary fiber, which is linked to lower the risk of certain cancers. Cherries probably lower risk of the following cancers: Mouth, Pharynx, Larynx, Esophagus, Lung and Stomach. With cherry season approaching, all more of a reason to start thinking about how you can incorporate cherries in your diet! Please see the following link to learn more about Cherries and Cancer Prevention: http://www.aicr.org/foods-that-fight-cancer/cherries.html#intro.
To learn more about the benefits of increasing your fruit and vegetable intake to help with Cancer Prevention, please check out the American Institute for Cancer Research website. They have a list of all the fruits and vegetables that have been associated with cancer prevention and provide an intro of that product, research, tips, recipes and references. Borton Fruit fully supports National Cancer Control Month and is extremely happy that Apples, Pears and Cherries are all contributing factors in prevention for this challenging disease.
Posted April 25, 2014
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