Discovering she had breast cancer at the age of 44 sent rocker Sheryl Crow on a search for a healthier approach to life.
Last year, after finishing breast cancer treatment and adopting two boys, Wyatt and Levi, Sheryl tackled yet another new life goal: revamping her approach to food. Her new cookbook, If It Makes You Healthy, written in partnership with her personal chef Chuck White, features recipes rich in anti-cancer superfoods and ingredients known to promote longevity. Just out since March, it’s gotten raves from readers and the foodies, who especially like that there are plenty of vegan and vegetarian options that don’t skimp on taste.
Sheryl, who recently revealed her relationship with country superstar and fellow Nashville resident Doyle Bramhall II, hasn’t said whether he shares her passion for health and fitness.
Here, a few Sheryl-endorsed superfoods that experts say have the power to stave off cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and other health conditions that take years off our lives.
* Walnuts – rich in omega-3 fatty acids, walnuts have been studied for their action against many cancers, most specifically breast cancer. They also contain compounds that stop hardening of the arteries, a precursor to heart disease.
* Prunes – no longer your grandmother’s morning-starter, prunes are loaded with antioxidants concentrated by the drying process. And yes, they do promote digestion and detox, too.
* Pomegranate Juice – Crow claims she drinks it all day, and with good reason; it’s packed with antioxidants that mop up the free radicals that cause cancer. Recent studies have shown that pomegranate juice can lower bad LDL cholesterol and flush plaque from arteries, too.
* Tomatoes in soup, juice, sauce – no other food is as rich in lycopene, a phytochemical known to fight all types of cancer, but specifically prostate, breast, lung and colon cancer.
* Blueberries and Cranberries – All berries are packed with antioxidants, but blueberries are most potent of all, while cranberries have been found in studies to be particularly protective against ovarian cancer.
* Broccolli and Other Cruciferous Vegetables – Those strong flavors are there for a reason; they come from sulphur compounds that have a strong cancer-protective action. One study found that men who ate brocolli four times a week stopped early prostate tumors from growing.
* Edamame – Soybeans contain a phytoestrogen called genistein that protects against hormone-dependent cancers. And edamame, the fresh form of soy, are easy to eat as a snack.
* Organic, free-range chicken: Sheryl’s recipes feature chicken, lots of chicken. Why? Lean chicken meat, served sparingly, packs a protein punch without the artery-blocking fats present in red meat. And if it’s organic and free-range, it means chickens haven’t been given feed that artificially stimulates growth with hormones. And they’ve been treated better, too. From forbes.