Cancer is thought to be caused by various factors, including many that can be prevented. In normal cells, gene functions control the growth of cells. However, if the gene of this cell is mutated for some reason, cell growth becomes uncontrollable and unregulated growth occurs. As a result of repeated growth of these mutated cells, tumors with malignant properties that invade surrounding tissues and other tissues and destroy their own tissues and other tissues are created. That is the disease called “cancer”.
What are carcinogens? The carcinogenic process is thought to occur in multiple stages. The stage in which abnormal cells develop due to the mutation of genes caused by the action of genotoxic carcinogens is called “initiation” in the first stage of carcinogenesis. Even if there is only one abnormal cell that has a mutation in this gene at the beginning, it will gradually increase with repeated proliferation. However, cell genes have the function of suppressing the growth of abnormal cells. The cells prevent the number of abnormal cells from increasing by repairing the damage to the DNA themselves or killing themselves when they become abnormal. Therefore, it is considered that “cancer” occurs when genotoxic carcinogens cause multiple damages to DNA, mutations in multiple genes occur, and even the function to suppress the growth of abnormal cells is lost.
Acrylamide is one of the carcinogens that everyone eats without knowing it, rather than eating it every day. Found in potato chips this century, it has been almost universally added to cooked foods since then, especially snacks such as potato chips and instant coffee.
Often coffee is taken under the carcinogenic consumables but studies gets contradicted to each other for various reasons.
- Epidemiologic studies have ruled out that coffee is an organ carcinogen.
- The World Health Organization (WHO) does not include coffee in its carcinogenic food list.
- he International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) states that “no evidence of a link between coffee and carcinogenesis is available.”
Foods rich in carotenoids:
Carotenes are provitamins A, which have the ability to convert into vitamin A when the body requires it. These compounds act as skin protectors and as anticancer agents.
Remember that this vitamin not only protects your skin, but also makes it more elastic, thicker and improves its color, thanks to its capacity for oxidation and synthesis of collagen and keratin that your skin needs. In addition, it helps to heal wounds.
You can find it in fruits and vegetables, especially in cancer fighting foods such as carrots, tomatoes, squash, sweet potatoes, mangoes, melons and broccoli.
Foods high in Omega 3:
These fatty acids are incorporated into the layers of the skin, protecting it from the damage of the sun’s rays. They also promote the proper functioning of the immune system, which is what protects us from diseases such as cancer.
Omega 3 has anti-inflammatory properties that reduce redness and swelling of the skin, limiting irritations such as acne. In addition, it helps prevent psoriasis, a disease that causes flaking and inflammation of the skin.
You can find it in dark meat fish, chia, flaxseed and soy, olive oil, avocado.