Antioxidants have been shown to play a serious role in preventing free radical damage. While free radicals are found naturally in the body and play a vital role in many normal cellular processes, at a high level they can be dangerous to the body and cause damage to major cells, including DNA cells. Damage to DNA cells may be connected to the development of cancer and other health conditions.
Antioxidants can be found in high quantities in bright colored fruits, dried beans, and nuts. Remembering to “eat the rainbow” at every meal, will help ensure that your diet is chalk full of cancer fighting antioxidants.
Below is a perfect example of a dinner with tons of cancer fighting ingredients from iVillage.com.
Salmon with Blueberry Mango Salsa
- 4 – 4 ounce Salmon Fillets
- 1/2 teaspoon Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
- 1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt
- Pinch fresh ground Black Pepper
- 1/3 cup diced Mango
- 1/3 cup Blueberries
- 1 tablespoon fresh Lime Juice
- 2 tablespoons minced Red Onion
- 2 tablespoons minced Red Bell Pepper
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh Cilantro
- 1/2 teaspoon minced Jalapeños
- 2 teaspoons evaporated Cane Juice
Very Easy Directions:
1. Mix up the blueberry mango salsa ingredients in a medium bowl. Lightly crush with a fork to release juices and set a side.
2. Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Season salmon with salt and pepper and sear for 3 to 5 minutes on each side (or until cooked through).
3. Serve each salmon fillet with 1/4 cup of salsa.
This yummy dinner idea can be recreated with a variety of fruits and berries. Use whats in season or what you have on hand. Just make sure its colorful!
Content Citation: Pharmacogn Rev. 2010 Jul-Dec; 4(8): 118–126. Find out more about free radicals and antioxidants and how they impact the human body, HERE.