Deep in our nature as humans we’re programmed to eat foods that are healing for our bodies, though sometimes we don’t listen to this inner wisdom. When we really tap in and listen, healthy eating can become second nature – it’s truly conscious eating. Knowing the value of the foods you eat, as well as where they’ve co from and how to best infuse your body with the nutrients it needs, creates power and allows you to thrive.
So, which foods should we be packing our kitchens with to protect against HPV & cervical cancer? In general, stocking up on green leafy vegetables like spinach and romaine lettuce (packed with lutein and carotenoids), broccoli and cabbage (which have indole-3-carbinol) plus foods rich in antioxidants and vitamins C, E, and A (oranges, grapefruit, raspberries, carrots and kale) offer protection from cancer by preventing the growth of free radicals in your body.
The super foods we’ve included on this list are known for their exceptional HPV & cervical cancer fighting nutrients. We’ve also included 3 easy recipes that will allow you to incorporate more of these ingredients into your day to day menu.
If you don’t have all of the ingredients, by the way, creativity is key when it comes to keeping things fresh in the kitchen – so sub in what you do have and challenge yourself to add at least one of these foods into your life daily.
Superfood 1: Green Tea
Green tea has also been shown to suppress urokinase, a type of enzyme that is thought to play a key role in the spread of cancer cells. Read more about Green Tea in our previous post here.
Superfood 2: Papaya
Papaya is one of the best sources of vitamin C, and carotenoids. Papaya’s nutrient combo has been associated with lower HPV infection rates and lower risk of cervical lesions.*
Superfood 3: Turmeric
In recent years western medicine has started to pay loads of attention to this extraordinary root. The compound found in turmeric that induce self-destruction of harmful cells is called Curcumin.
We’ve dug around the internet to curate recipes that deliver for you. Here’s a few favorites, click through to each to get the full details!
This one is a super short ingredient list, which makes it extra easy to make!
- Frozen papaya
- Coconut milk
- Coconut flakes
- Fresh Kale
This one is a perfect morning smoothie or works as an afternoon pick me up too. The subtle green tea flavor and hint of caffeine may even lead you to sub this for your morning coffee.
- Mango (fresh or frozen)
- Frozen Bananas
- Handfuls Baby Spinach
- Matcha Green Tea Powder
- Coconut Milk
If you’re more interested in juicing this is a delicious and beautiful recipe packed with all sorts of goodness.
- Golden Delicious Apple