As you may recall from my last post, a certain group of foods can help in the fight against cancer. These foods contain angiogenesis inhibitors that stop the spread of cancer by preventing tumors from creating new blood vessels. Without new blood vessels, the tumors cannot survive.
I looked at several sources and created this chart to help you choose the foods known for their anti-angiogenic and anti-cancer properties. Happily, dark chocolate is one of the cancer-fighting foods. Something to keep in mind is that mixing dairy products with chocolate cancels the beneficial effects of the cocoa. So, remember to avoid milk chocolate.
Dulak, J. “Nutraceuticals as Anti-Angiogenetic Agents: Hopes and Reality,” J. of Physiology and Pharmacology 2005, 56, Suppl 1, 51-69.
Li, William. “Dietary Sources of Naturally-Occurring Antiangiogenic Substances,” Angiogenesis Foundation (http://www.angio.org)
Servan-Schreiber, David. Anti-Cancer: A New Way of Life, Viking, 2008.
Your turn: How many of these anti-angiogenic foods do you typically eat? Are you trying to eat more of them on a daily basis?