The latest scientific discovery has shown that 7 particular foods and drinks can hinder cancer and tumor growth. Nutrients in these foods destroy abnormal cancer cells and have no side-effects, and these foods are known as natural anti-carcinogenic agents.
These beneficial foods do not feed cancer cells, and on the contrary, they prevent the development of tumors. Nevertheless, these foods and drinks are probably some of your favorite!
These foods and drinks include red wine, blueberries, turmeric, tomatoes, green tea and black chocolate. Many scientists and medical experts have stated that these foods are even more effective than the conventional chemotherapy treatment.
What makes these foods so efficient?
The normal process of creation of blood vessels in the body is called angiogenesis. This process is enhanced in some stages in life, for instance, in newborns. But, this process is not common during the later part of our life, except where there’s a need to restore tissue or capillaries in a case of wounds.
Activator and inhibitor molecules regulate the flow of angiogenesis. Inhibitors are usually predominant. In cases of cancer, they boost the activators to enhance vascular growth, which leads to a production of blood vessels. Cancer cells stimulate their own activators of angiogenesis. These ‘bad’ molecules manipulate the body and contribute to the growth of new blood vessels that carry nutrients and oxygen to the tumor cells.
All these 7 foods work by impeding the supply of blood to the tumor cells because of their anti-angiogenesis properties.
Tumor cells require extra blood vessels for supplying nutrients and grow through your body (metastasis) using blood. So their development gets conditioned by tumor angiogenesis.
Once cancer cells are fully established, they will release angiogenesis activators. These are molecules which “cheat” your body and cause the development of fresh blood vessels which supply oxygen and nutrients to the tumor.
This is why modern medicine has developed drugs known as inhibitors of angiogenesis. Their functioning is entirely opposite of chemotherapy. They don’t attack cancer cells and prevent the development of blood vessels to tumors.
According to scientists, you should directly consume all these foods for regulating angiogenesis. When you do so, it will help in preventing the development and spread of microscopic tumors.
Here are the foods that will help in inhibiting angiogenesis:
The main ingredient in turmeric is curcumin, which is probably the most powerful anticancer and antioxidant agent. Numerous studies confirmed that curcumin blocks the activity of EDGF receptors, which tend to cause cancer cells to divide faster. It also blocks the production of inflammatory enzymes and hormones such as prostaglandins (PG-2), LOX, COX, and Nf-kB, which promote the growth and the spread of cancer. Numerous studies have confirmed the turmeric’s cancer-fighting and cancer-preventing abilities, including breast cancer, ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer, bone cancer, etc.
A study conducted at the Harvard University has shown that by consuming tomato juice more than 5 times a month you can reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer by 50%. Medical experts say that tomatoes are able to inhibit angiogenesis, due to their high lycopene content.
Tomatoes are the richest source of this compound known for its strong anti-angiogenic effect. Lycopene is fat-soluble, meaning it needs healthy absorption through the gastrointestinal tract. Here is a fun fact – high temperatures and cooking in oil increase the amount of vitamin C in tomatoes.
3.Green tea 4.Coffee
We all drink coffee or green tea, well – at least once a day, right? These 2 drinks are very useful for boosting your metabolism, which means it will speed up the weight loss process. But, you should also know that these two drinks are also very useful in decreasing the chances of cancer development.
First, you should know that the red wine contains high amounts with a very powerful antioxidant – resveratrol. Resveratrol is a powerful compound, found in the grape skins. This natural compound has powerful antioxidant properties and it can reduce the risk of cancer. Some medical studies have found that this powerful compound can inhibit cancer growth, kill bacteria, viruses, and fungi, increases lifespan in animals, improves the energy production of human cells, it eliminates the dangerous and harmful free radicals, increases glucose tolerance to diabetes, improves heart function, improves physical and mental function and concentration, repairs the damaged DNA. It also prevents the cell damage caused by nuclear radiation.
One glass of red wine (225 ml) contains about 640 mcg of resveratrol. There are also resveratrol supplements as well. They are often in combination with extracts from grape or other natural antioxidants. They are usually taken in doses of 200 – 600 mcg per day. According to scientific study, Bordeaux and Pinot Noir contain the most of this powerful compound.
6.Blueberries and raspberries
They are both delicious and powerful. Blueberries and raspberries are packed with healthy nutrients and a great amount of phytochemicals, known for their ability to prevent cancer development. Blueberries are appreciated for their ability to decrease oxidative stress and affect angiogenesis. These berries also prevent and fight ovarian cancer.
When it comes to chocolates, there’s no need to avoid some sweets, even when you are already suffering from cancer. Dark chocolate is not only great for your health, it also fights bad cells and improves your mood.