The cancer killers in your kitchen

February 15, 2010 by  
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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:

to help people lead healthier, longer lives by restoring balance to blood vessel growth

to enable patients to gain access to safe and effective treatments coming from the angiogenesis field for cancer, blinding diseases, wounds, and many other serious diseases.

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

  • Blueberries
  • Garlic
  • Say
  • Tea
  • Tomatoes
  • 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?

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2 Responses to “The cancer killers in your kitchen”
  1. Dan Johnson says:

    Thank you for the article. That is a great list of healthy foods to eat. Not only are eating these foods beneficial for the health, unlike drugs and medicine, they do not have side effects. Furthermore, these foods do not cure specific illnesses or diseases, but can help in a whole range of problems, not to mention they taste good.

  2. Glad to see these ideas about healthy food, healthy you are getting traction: we call it “culinary medicine” and the more people, the better. I’m asked about breast cancer more than any other, but some of the very best data for food and cancer is in colorectal: remarkable data published in JAMA and elsewhere show prevention of recurrence with the right diet.
    Author, ChefMD’s Big Book of Culinary Medicine

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