Superfood. Have you heard that term before? Superfoods are foods low in calories and high in nutrients, with a variety of health benefits when included in your daily diet. City of Hope has taken the superfood one step further. They are actively doing research on certain superfoods that are showing promise in fighting cancer. The ability to possibly stop the cancer before it begins is enormous, and to be able to do it just by choosing to eat easy to find fruits, vegetables and spices is amazing!
Lab research shows that certain “superfoods” may have the ability to combat cancer — without affecting healthy tissue. Several superfoods — mushrooms, pomegranates and grape seed extract — contain compounds with the ability to block the enzyme aromatase, which helps produce estrogen. Because most breast cancers are dependent on estrogen to grow, cutting down on the amount of estrogen may help kill the tumor.Mushrooms also work similarly in prostate cancer by blocking hormones crucial to their growth.City of Hope is testing medicine derived from shiitake mushrooms that could naturally help the body fight lung cancer by boosting the immune system.City of Hope scientists found that cinnamon contains compounds that block tumor angiogenesis, the formation of new blood vessels that fuels cancer cells’ growth.
Recipe: Roasted Mushroom-Pepper Tacos
- 2 packages (8 ounce) button mushrooms, quartered
- 1 fresh pasilla chile pepper, seeded, cut into large dice
- 1 fresh red bell pepper, seeded, cut into large dice
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 8 corn tortillas
- Heat the oven to 400° F.
- Place the mushrooms, pasilla and red pepper onto a large baking pan.
- Drizzle the olive oil over the ingredients, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Toss gently to coat the vegetables with the oil and seasoning.
- Roast the vegetables for 20 – 25 minutes, until they are softened.
- Toast the tortillas in a dry skillet or wrap them in foil and heat in the oven.
- Divide the mushroom filling between the tortillas.
- Serve with salsa, sliced avocado and fresh cilantro if desired.
Preparation time: 10 minute(s) Cooking time: 20 minute(s) Copyright © Cheryl D Lee.