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3 Cancer-fighting drink recipes

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By Adelina Espat and Laura Nathan-Garner

cancerfightingdrinks.jpgLooking for a treat to beat the heat? Try one of these cancer-fighting drink recipes.

Each provides plenty of fruity flavors with cancer-fighting vitamins and nutrients for just a fraction of the calories and sugar found in most beverages.

Citrus punch
This first recipe is a sweet way to quench your thirst on a hot summer day. The orange juice and cranberry juice in this recipe offer a healthy dose of cancer-fighting antioxidants like vitamin C. You'll get the most vitamin C if you use freshly- squeezed orange juice, but refrigerated or frozen concentrate also will do the body good.

Get our recipe for Citrus Punch.

Sparkling grape party punch

Want to offer a festive alternative to alcohol at your next gathering? Serve this punch recipe. The grapes and grape juice provide a powerful dose of resveratrol -- the same cancer-preventing antioxidant in red wine -- with none of alcohol's drawbacks. And the citrus juices in the recipe give you a generous amount of vitamin C.

Get our recipe for Sparkling Grape Party Punch.

Blueberry watermelon freezes
Need an after-workout beverage? Whip up blueberry watermelon freezes! The blueberries are packed with vitamins C and K, manganese and dietary fiber. That means more protection against colorectal cancer and possibly mouth, esophagus, lung and stomach cancers.

Get our recipe for Blueberry Watermelon Freezes.

Be prepared for the summer sun
Serving up cool, cancer-fighting drinks is one of many healthy summer tips in this month's issue of Focused on Health.

You'll also learn about some the new rules for sunscreen labels, find out who should get an annual skin check-up, and get our berry best tips for picking and storing the best blueberries and strawberries.

For more recipes and tips on sun safety, follow us on Twitter and join our conversations on Facebook.

2 Comments

I'm surprised to find this kind of article on a medical web site. What is the clinical evidence that these drinks 'fight' cancer?

Thank you for the comment, Michael. Clare McKindley, clinical nutritionist at MD Anderson provided the response. "The research would technically be on the foods containing specific food components, vitamin C, resveratrol, dietary fiber, etc. The American Institute for Cancer Research defines several foods/food components as having a benefit toward cancer risk reduction. For more specifics in regard to this research, please visit http://www.aicr.org/foods-that-fight-cancer/index.html in addition to the AICR and the World Cancer Research Fund published Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity and the Prevention of Cancer: a Global Perspective (http://www.dietandcancerreport.org/). Depending on what your personal food beliefs are, the recipes can be developed or altered to parallel your personal physiological and health needs/goals."

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