Video Transcript: 6 Foods That Calm Anxiety and Fight Cancer
Laura Bond: So many links between foods you need to boost your mood, feel better about yourself, lower anxiety—these same foods are also anti-cancer. And so I know in your last series you had that great quote from Keith Scott-Mumby. I think he said that, “Any good health measure is an anti-cancer measure,” which I love. I really liked that.
And I’m finding that more and more that a lot of the anti-cancer measures are anti-anxiety measures. So things like celery. We know that celery stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which is that calming part of the nervous system. So you know, a perfect snack is a bit of celery with some peanut butter or nut butter, make it a bit more tasty.
And the reason it does that, is because it contains this plant hormone called apigenin. And apigenin is powerfully anti-cancer. And anyone can Google apigenin and it will come up with a load of scientific references. And then the other thing, which I often recommend food-wise for people with stress is foods with B-6.
So sweet potato, pumpkin seed, seafood. B-6 improves or stimulates serotonin in the body, which is that feel-good neurotransmitter. But there’s all these studies recently showing that high blood levels of B-6 are powerfully anti-cancer. So you can reduce your risk of cancer by up to 49 percent by eating a vitamin B-6 rich diet. Which is kind of cool.
Ty Bollinger: That is very cool. It’s fascinating how many foods contain anti-cancer properties. Really, they all do in some way or another.
Laura Bond: Yeah, exactly.
Ty Bollinger: All natural foods do.
Laura Bond: Absolutely. And it’s so exciting, you know, hearing about all these foods like broccoli sprouts and turmeric that can actually take on cancer stem cells.
Ty Bollinger: Yeah, that’s the big one, right? Because many people in the last few weeks—we’ve been interviewing all over the place—and we’re getting that common thread that you want to take care of the stem cells. And there’s certain foods that do that, and broccoli, broccoli sprouts, because of the sulforaphane is one of the foods that actually do that.
Laura Bond: Yeah, absolutely. I mean, there’s a study from Liverpool University here showing that, you know, a serving of broccoli a day reduces your risk of colon cancer 50 percent. Well, imagine then, if you’re having broccoli sprouts, which contain up to 100 times more sulforaphane than normal broccoli.
And people are always a bit like, “Well, what do I do with the broccoli sprouts?” They’ve got a kind of mustard-y flavor. They are quite strong, but I find if you put them in your juicer with beet root, celery and carrot, kind of—if you’re not mad about the flavor it does mask them a bit. Just sprinkle a few on salads.
Ty Bollinger: Sure.
Laura Bond: I mean, they’re so potent that you only need a little bit of them. And they’re so cheap, that’s such an affordable super-food. If you go to an organic supermarket here, it’s like a pound-fifty, which is probably like $3 or something.
Ty Bollinger: Right.
Laura Bond: And they last in your fridge for two weeks or something.
Ty Bollinger: Right. Very inexpensive.