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What foods can help keep my pancreas healthy?

When you want a healthy, happy pancreas, you've got plenty of foods to choose from. Try these, for instance:

  • Fish, eggs and poultry
  • D-fortified cereals and dairy
  • Onion and arugula: They're tasty on sandwiches and pack the special cancer-clubbing flavonols. Seems these two veggies not only add tasty, gourmet-style crunch to food but also fill you up with potent nutrients thought to help thwart pancreatic cancer.
  • In an 8-year study, people who consumed the highest levels of three powerful flavonols—kaempferol, quercetin and myricetin—reduced their risk of pancreatic cancer by 23 percent—no doubt due to the fact that this super trio of flavonols helps quell oxidative stress, a cell-damaging process that, left unchecked, may pave the way for cancer and other bad health news. Onions and certain leafy greens like arugula are one way to get these particular flavonols. Here are some others:
    • kaempferol: kale, Swiss chard, endive, raw spinach, chives and white beans
    • quercetin: asparagus, apples, buckwheat and tea
    • myricetin: fennel, blueberries, cranberries and carob flour

Do you smoke? Take heart in the fact that the smokers in the study were particularly benefited by high flavonol intake, with kaempferol providing the most protection. That said, smoking still raises your risk of pancreatic cancer significantly.

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