To everyone’s surprise, these foods are really delicious and enjoyed by many consumers. Who doesn’t like black chocolate, red wine, blueberries, tomatoes, turmeric, green tea or curry?
But being delicious is not everything they have in common, more importantly, they all potentially inhibit the spread of cancer.
Angiogenesis is the physiological process of blood vessel formation during the early stages of fetal development. But, this process doesn’t stop here. In fact, angiogenesis happens throughout our lives, any time we damage our blood vessels through cuts, burns or other injuries.
Moreover, angiogenesis, the process by which new blood vessels are formed, underlies much of the growth and spread of cancer. This process is orchestrated by so-called activators and inhibitors. Even though most cancer research is focused on inhibitors, it’s actually the activators that initiate the vascular growth of cells, i.e. the creation of new blood vessels.
What’s important about these 7 foods is that they inhibit angiogenesis, thus cutting off blood supply to cancers and preventing cancer growth.
Without new blood vessels, cancers are deprived of oxygen and nutrients they depend on for further growth.
It’s because of this that most cancer drugs are actually pharmaceutically designed inhibitors. To be more specific, it’s the inhibitors’ function to neutralize the activity of the activators and stop angiogenesis, i.e. the formation of new blood vessels.
These 7 foods provide the same anti-angiogenesis effect, which is why there are important for any cancer treatment.
Red wine owes its anti-cancer properties to a potent antioxidant, Resveratrol, found in grape skins. Many nutritionists praise Resveratrol for its effectiveness in prevention of heart disease and premature aging. Plus, this powerful substance has proved beneficial for a number of other health issues such as improving glucose tolerance, boosting energy levels and mental alertness; eliminating free radicals, viruses and bacteria; and repairing DNA.
Only 225ml of wine provide your body with up to 640mcg of Resveratrol. Some wine sorts, like Bordeaux or Pinot Noir, have even higher concentrations. Resveratrol supplements can easily be used instead of wine, especially in combination with grapes.
We all know turmeric is an extremely beneficial spice for a number of medical conditions. Aside from stimulating healthy weight loss, this popular spice is also effective in preventing cancer onset and development.
Blueberries & Raspberries
These delicious berries are rich in phytochemicals, which account for their anti-cancer properties, especially in relation to ovarian cancer. The phytochemicals also account for the dark color of these berries. In addition, blueberries and raspberries have been proved to reduce oxidative stress and angiogenesis.
According to the latest Harvard study regular consumption of tomatoes can reduce the risk of prostate cancer by up to 50%. The same study found that tomatoes are extremely beneficial for impeding angiogenesis owing to their high content of lycopene, a powerful anti-cancer agent.
First of all, lycopene is easily metabolized in the body. Secondly, its concentration significantly increases once it’s subjected to higher temperatures, which is why cooked tomatoes are more beneficial for preventing cancer development. It’s the same for curry.
Dark chocolate isn’t just beneficial for preserving your heart health, but can also improve the effectiveness of your cancer treatment as well.
Coffee and Green Tea
These popular energy boosters are also known to reduce the risk of cancer development.