Cancer Fighting Snacks

by Dr. Deva Khalsa on October 24, 2012

To reduce your pet’s risk of cancer, look no further than your fridge.    Research on cancer and nutrition in people discovered that eating fruits and vegetables containing phytochemicals significantly decreases the risk of cancer.  Human cells function exactly the same as the cells in a dog or cat and phytochemicals work at the cellular level.  Phytochemicals are organic compounds found in plants that both prevent and fight disease.  Phytochemicals have been used as medicines for millennia.  When Hippocrates stated, “ Let food be thy medicine.” he never imagined his words would be proven in scientific laboratories two thousand years later.

The potential for cancer begins when carcinogens damage and alter the DNA in cells.  This modification remains latent until conditions promote the creation of a cancer cell.     A tumor-suppressor gene p53 then plays a vital role in the body’s struggle to stave off cancer.   This gene monitors the biochemical signals in cells that indicate a DNA mutation in progress.  The p53 gene creates proteins that either instruct the cell to halt the growth cycle or self-destruct.   If this fails, the immune system has an opportunity to eliminate cancer growth.  Research has proven that proper nutritional support with phytochemicals helps to prevent a cell from developing into a malignant, cancerous growth.

So how would eating super-foods with phytochemicals change the course of this dreaded disease?   Certain phytochemicals help cells dump carcinogens and toxins much more quickly, thus decreasing the potential for permanent DNA damage from carcinogens and toxins lingering within the cell.   Other phytochemicals support more general cell functions while some give the immune system a super boost.


Beat 3 or 4 eggs.  Mix in ¼ cup of finely chopped kale and ¼ cup of finely chopped broccoli.   Place 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a pan and scramble the mix up with medium heat.  Cool and serve.


Remove the stems from broccoli and cut into bone sized pieces as snacks.  You may be surprised to see that you dog will indeed enjoy his broccoli.


In ½ cup of plain yogurt mix ¼ cup of fresh or frozen and defrosted berries.


Let one clove of garlic sit on the cutting board for 15 minutes after dicing.   Prepare your dog’s meal and add the diced garlic as a topping.  Garlic has excellent chemoprotective effects.

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