8 Vitamins and Minerals That Help Those with Cancer

6. Garlic

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Garlic can work as a natural antibiotic and immune system booster. Getting a daily dose of garlic can help prevent the risk of cancer and fight the growth of cancerous cells. Best of all, garlic is a delicious addition to many dishes, such as garlic bread, pasta, and soup.

5. Green Tea

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Another dietary cancer-fighting weapon is green tea. Green tea contains polyphenols, which are compounds that help stop the growth of cancer cells. Some studies have suggested that drinking green tea may help increase cancer survival rates and prevent certain types of cancer. Though for the purposes of fighting cancer, recommendations would call for patients to drink over 10 cups of tea a day. In those cases, green tea may be more effective to take in its supplement form, but check with your doctor first.

4. Vitamin C

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Vitamin C is an antioxidant that can reduce the likelihood of developing cancer. Some data suggests that vitamin C can help those with cancer better manage symptoms such as pain and fatigue. However, too much vitamin C can be counterproductive and might interfere with cancer treatments, so before taking any supplements, consult with your physician. Stick with foods like oranges, strawberries, kale, broccoli, and red peppers.

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