After following more than 60,000 people for more than a dozen years, University of Oxford researchers found those who consume a plant-based diet were less likely to develop all forms of cancer combined.
The greatest protection appeared to be against blood cancers. The incidence of leukaemia, lymphoma, and multiple myeloma among those eating vegetarian diets is nearly half that of meat-eaters.
Yale University researchers followed more than 500 women with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma for about eight years. Those who started out eating three or more servings of vegetables daily had a 42 per cent improved survival rate over those who ate less. Green, leafy vegetables - including salad and cooked greens - and citrus fruits seemed to offer the most protection. But you shouldn't wait for a cancer diagnosis before you at least start adding some of these to your diet.
The Iowa Women's Health Study, which has followed more than 35,000 women for decades, found eating more broccoli, cauliflower, kale and other cruciferous vegetables was associated with a lower risk of getting non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in the first place.
Source - Daily Mail