Dry fruits have the same effects as the fresh ones against cancer. Dry fruits like dried prunes, raisins, figs and dates can help in inhibiting the growth and development of certain cancers. It is beneficial for cancer patients to have some dry fruits in their diet every day.
Some of these Dry Fruits are:
Figs: They are known for having derivative of benzaldehyde, which is effective in shrinking tumours. Apart from this, figs are rich in vitamin A and C, magnesium, calcium and potassium; which helps in weight control.
Dates: Dates are rich in flavonoids and phenolic compounds, which act as antioxidants, thus they indirectly help in preventing or slowing down cancer. Free radicals formed in our body after metabolic activities may damage body cells and cause cancer. However, the antioxidants present in dates may help in stabilizing these radicals thus preventing them from harming the cells.
Prunes: They are the richest known source of antioxidants, which might help in treating cancer. They have abundant fibre content, which has been known to be advantageous in reducing the chances of colorectal cancer. They are a great source of vitamin A; it is an antioxidant which works against many forms of cancer.
Raisins: They have polyphenolic antioxidants called as catechin; it provides protection against certain free radicals who might be involved with the development of tumours, especially colon cancer. They also contain a phytochemical compound called resveratrol. It is an antioxidant and has anti-cancer properties. It works against colon, prostrate and melanoma cancers. They are also rich in anthocyanins, which have a similar function. About 100 grams of raisins provide approximately 3.7 grams i.e. 10% of the daily needed levels of dietary fibres.
Some studies indicate that moderate amount of fibre in the diet helps in reducing the chances of breast and colon cancer. Cancer is a life-threatening disease, to have a proper diet will help the body and its system to fight against the disease.