Chikafu Chedu: Local Foods Can Help Prevent Cancer


by Eden Chiuslekuda

Today we are going to focus on a few things that are easy to find at your local musika (produce market) or supermarket.  It is a category of veggies known as cruciferous vegetables.  Locally, this group of power-packed plant foods include cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and various  leafy greens (muriwo), especially rugare, rape and tsunga.

Cruciferous vegetables contain sulphur-laden substances known as glucosinolates that are broken down to many biologically active cancer fighting compounds.

There are several ways in which these compounds can help prevent cancer including but are not limited to:

–          Preventing DNA damage.

–          Inactivating cancer causing substances (carcinogens).

–          Anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antibacterial activity.

–          Inducing cell death.

–          Inhibiting growth and migration of tumor cells.



Additionally, it has been discovered through rigorous research that pregnant women who load up on these veggies have children who are significantly less likely to develop cancer in both childhood and adult years.  What a gift to give to your children, and what an inexpensive and delicious way to help prevent cancer in your family!

So cheers to all our beloved local dishes that pack a mean punch to ward off cancer!  In the comments below please share all your favorites and if you can give recipes – even better.  Some of our family favorites are:

Coleslaw Salad.

Rice and cabbage.

Muriwo une dovi (green veggies with peanut butter).

Cauliflower or Broccoli with a creamy sauce.

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