Indian Food May Reduce Risk of Colon Cancer

Certain colonoscopy doctors have believed for some time now that people in the United States may do well to eat as people in India, where cancers such as colon cancer are pretty much unheard of. Some said that one particular spice, curcumin, possesses anti-inflammatory properties that might be the key to beating colon cancer caused by poor American diets that consist mainly of red meat. Ajay Goel, M.D. who works at the Baylor Medical Center in Dallas, TX said that relying on too much red meat in your diet puts you at risk of colon cancer by a grave amounts.

The big gap between colon cancer incidents in America and colon cancer incidents in other countries is humongous. Since India boasts one of the lowest statistics, many professionals are turning to a comparison of national dieting habits for an explanation. The difference between American and Indian meals is that in India, red meat is hardly a staple and food is instead seasoned with spices and herbs. These herbs and spices are, according to Dr. Goel, full of cancer-preventing agents called polyphenols. Goel called many Indian dishes “super foods.”

Adding garlic, sage, thyme, peppermint and ginger to the diet can also cut the risk of colon cancer, explained Dr. Goel. He said that these spices have potent anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce the levels of stress and inflammation in the bowels, which in the United States is a primary cause of the digestive disease.

Dr. Goel was able to study one particular spice, curcumin, which is included in most Indian recipes. The curcumin spice not only helps in colon cancer prevention but also is beneficial to patients with any other type of cancer. Goel said that when curcumin-rich foods are consumed during a period of chemotherapy treatment, the spices may be able to act as a catalyst for the effects of chemotherapy.

Some fruits with high antioxidant content like pomegranates, cranberries and blueberries have also been proven to assist in lowering the risk of colon cancer. Other food rich in selenium like mushrooms, fish and sunflower seeds can actually inhibit the development of existing colon cancer cells. Some researchers even suggest that selenium-rich foods reverse colon cancer altogether. Among other diet-based treatments of colon cancer are teas that contain a lot of ginseng.

Dr. Goel explained that what you eat plays a quite vital role in lowering the risk of colon cancer and sometimes preventing colon cancer from becoming fatal. So find a gastroenterologist who can advise you about what foods to avoid. Make sure that your diet is full of plant-based foods like includes whole grains, veggies, fruits, nuts and beans. These foods have a lot of fiber in them, which can help your colon stay healthy.

In general, the healthiest, most fiber-rich foods are the one that are the most natural and unprocessed. Avoid foods that do not contain enough fiber, like sugar, dairy, meat or “white” foods like pastries, white rice and white bread. Try to always choose unsaturated over saturated fats. And lastly, prepare food the healthy way by avoiding highly processed methods and opting for the fresher options. Your local colonoscopy doctors can help plan these lifestyle changes if you’re looking to lower the risk of colon cancer.