Human beings are naturally programmed to eat foods that are healing and beneficial for our bodies.
However, we all know that it isn’t always easy to follow 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 come from and how to best infuse your body with the nutrients it needs, helps you help your body and allows you to thrive.
Excellent HPV Protection Properties
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, 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.
One way a healthy diet can positively impact health is by stabilizing free radicals in the body. Free radicals are molecules that contain an unpaired electron in their atomic structure. This electron is highly reactive in the body, damaging cell membranes, DNA, proteins, carbohydrates and lipids.
The body naturally produces free radicals during normal metabolic processes. However, we can also obtain free radicals from external sources like exposure to cigarette smoke, air pollutants, and chemicals.
Cancers often stem from free radical diseases, as defects and oncogene activation get initiated by free radical reactions.
Antioxidants, on the other hand, are molecules that can donate an electron to a rampaging free radical and neutralize it, reducing its capacity to cause damage. Consuming a plant and animal rich diet, supplies the body with these antioxidants.
Vitamin C, for example, is one antioxidant found in both animals and plants. It cannot be made by the body so we need to obtain it from our diet. The compounds from vitamin C reduce oxidative reactions in the body, helping maintain balance and reduce disease.
Top 3 Superfoods
The super foods we’ve included on this list are known for their exceptional HPV & cervical cancer fighting nutrients.
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.
Epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG, and polyphenols E showed the inhibition of cervical dysplasia and cancer cell growth in cell studies. These studies actually show EGCG stopping the cancer cells right in their path and inducing cell death.
Green tea extracts in ointment topically AND capsule forms were also shown to treat cervical lesions!
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.
Low levels of carotenoids, found in many fruits and vegetables, was associated with increased risk of persistent HPV infections.
Vitamin C levels were also seen to be significantly lower in cervical cancer patients with high positive rates of HPV 16 and 18, the cancer-causing strains of HPV.
Superfood 3: Turmeric
In recent years western medicine has started to pay attention to this extraordinary root. The compound found in turmeric that induce self-destruction of harmful cells is called Curcumin.
Curcumin contains a class of compounds called curcuminoids that act by suppress regulatory molecules and signaling pathways involved in upregulating cancers and other diseases.
Curcumin has been shown in research to not only eliminate HPV infections, but also help treat cervical cancer. It has been previously seen to have protective effects against cancer in HPV and non-HPV related cancers.
Incorporating HPV fighting superfoods into your diet can be easy and delicious, which is why we’ve included three of our favourite 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, 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.
So, here’s a few of our favourites 🙂
Papaya Coconut Green Smoothie
This smoothie requires only a few ingredients.
The papaya provides a boost of those HPV fighting carotenoids and vitamin C, while the kale is rich in antioxidants called quercetin and kaempferol. Add in some coconut milk and flakes for some extra creaminess and help keep you full.
- Frozen papaya
- Coconut milk
- Coconut flakes
- Fresh Kale
Matcha Green Tea Smoothie
Drink this smoothie in the morning for a perfect hint of caffeine or it works as an afternoon pick.
The subtle green tea flavor gives you cancer-fighting benefits of EGCG and a dose of vitamin C and carotenoids from the mango.
- Mango (fresh or frozen)
- Frozen Bananas
- Handfuls Baby Spinach
- Matcha Green Tea Powder
- Coconut Milk
Carrot & Turmeric Tonic
Juicing can also be a great and delicious option to get in your daily nutrients.
This juice provides a delicious mixture of carotenoids from carrots and cancer-fighting curcuminoids from turmeric.
Lemons are full of vitamin C, folate and antioxidants.
The ginger adds a flavourful bite and naturally reduces inflammation in the body and stimulates the immune system.
- Golden Delicious Apple