As a dietitian, I love to share the latest scientific research with you so that you can make the best food choices possible.
In this TED talk, “Can We Eat to Starve Cancer?” Dr. William Li discusses a new way to treat cancer and other diseases. It is called anti-angiogenesis. Anti-angiogenesis refers to preventing the growth of blood vessels that feed a tumor. If the tumor is not fed by blood vessels, it cannot grow and spread.
One way of preventing angiogenesis and tumor growth is the use of anti-angiogenesis drugs. New anti-angiogenesis drugs, such as Avastin, have significantly prolonged the lives of patients with metastatic colon cancer.
But what I find most exciting is the role of nutrition and diet in anti-angiogenesis.
While biotech companies are beginning to rally around this idea, a growing body of research is showing that fruit and vegetables contain an arsenal of naturally occurring angiogenesis inhibitors. These include substances like ellagic acid (berries), resveratrol (grapes), curcumin (turmeric), ECGC (green tea), procyanidin (cocoa) and genistein (soybeans). Increasing the intake of these substances may prove to have antiangiogenic benefits, such as cancer prevention and weight reduction. Antiangiogenesis may be yet another reason why fruits and vegetables are so beneficial.
Yes, you read that correctly. Not only may anti-angiogenic foods prevent cancer. They may assist with weight reduction as well.
These are two excellent reasons to increase your daily intake of fruits and vegetables.
Next: A list of the top anti-angiogenic, anti-cancer foods.
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