Did you have a great Valentine’s Day? With flowers, chocolates, candle light dinner, and wine?
Well, if you got the right chocolate and the right wine, then you would have had not only a romantic evening but an evening highly beneficial to your health.
We might not have to look beyond our kitchen to find substances that prevent, even stop cancer. This is according to experts at the Angiogenesis Foundation. The Massachusetts-based not-for-profit organization is dedicated to fighting diseases based by fighting angiogenesis, defined as “the growth of new capillary blood vessels in the body.”
The foundation’s goals are:
One of the projects offs of the foundation is to identify foods that contain substances that can stop cancer cells. These foods while feeding our body, can cut off the blood supply to cancer cells and tumors, thereby starving them to death.
Some of the foods they have identified are
- Maitake mushrooms
And of course, the latest additions to the list are
- Dark chocolate
- Red wine
Look at the longer list taken from the foundation’s website.
The concept of angiogenesis in cancer is nothing new. Several anti-cancer drugs in the market are called anti-angiogenesis therapies.
Angiogenesis Foundation believes that eating foods which have anti-angiogenesis properties can just as effective as or even more effective than pharmacological-based therapies.
According to Angiogenesis Foundation head William Li:
“We are rating foods based on their cancer-fighting qualities… What we eat is really our chemotherapy three times a day…
We discovered that Mother Nature laced a large number of foods and herbs with anti-angiogenesis features… For many people around the world, dietary cancer treatment may be the only solution because not everyone can afford cancer drugs.”
Interestingly enough, the very foodstuffs listed as cancer fighters due to anti-angiogenesis properties are also the same foodstuffs that have been found to have cardiovascular benefits that can prevent stroke and cancer. These foodstuffs are said to be very rich in antioxidants.
Oh, by the way, remember my friend who was battling Stage 4 lung cancer? She had one dose of chemotherapy in January which had to be stopped because her body couldn’t tolerate it. She shifted to a diet of organic fruits and vegetables, shitake mushrooms and nutritional immunology supplements. After a couple of weeks, her X-rays and ultrasounds show the tumors are shrinking! Isn’t it wonderful?