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Capsaicin Hot peppers May affect blood clotting and potentially reduce the risk of fatal clots in heart
Carotenoids (including beta-carotene, lutein, lycopene, and numerous other compounds) Yellow, orange, and red fruits and some green vegetables (apricots, broccoli, cantaloupe, carrots, pumpkin, spinach, sweet potatoes, tomatoes) Act as antioxidants; may reduce risks of heart disease, age-related eye disease, cancer, and other diseases
Curcumin Turmeric, a yellow-colored spice May inhibit enzymes that activate carcinogens
Flavonoids (including flavones, isoflavones, catechins, and others) Berries, black tea, dark chocolate, citrus fruits, green tea, olives, onions, oregano, purple and red grapes and grape juice, soybeans and soy products, vegetables, whole wheat, wine Act as antioxidants; may scavenge carcinogens; bind to nitrates in the stomach, preventing conversion to nitrosamines; flavonoids in blueberries may improve memory
Indoles Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables (Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower), mustard greens May trigger production of enzymes that block DNA damage from carcinogens; reduce risk of certain types of cancer
Proanthocyanidin Cranberry juice Reduce urinary tract infections
Monoterpenes (including limonene) Citrus fruit peels and oils (e.g., lemons) May trigger enzyme production to detoxify carcinogens; may inhibit cancer cell growth
Organosulfur compounds (including allicin) Chives, garlic, onions May slow or combat tumor growth; reduce total HDL cholesterol
Phenolic acids (including ellagic acid) Coffee beans, fruits (apples, blueberries, cherries, grapes, oranges, pears, prunes, strawberries), oats, potatoes, soybeans May help eliminate carcinogens from body through urinary tract
Phytoestrogens Soybeans, soy flour, soy milk, tofu, textured vegetable protein, other legume products Reduce total and LDL cholesterol; reduce risk of breast, colon ovarian, prostate, and other estrogen-sensitive cancers; may reduce risk of osteoporosis.
Lignans Flaxseed, whole grains Block estrogen activity in cells, possibly reducing the risk of cancer of the breast, colon, ovaries, and prostate
Resveratrol Red wine, grape juice, peanuts May offset artery-damaging effects of high-fat diets; makes platelets less sticky
Tannins Black-eyed peas, grapes, lentils, red and white wine, tea May inhibit carcinogen activation and cancer promotion; act as antioxidants

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