The scariest disease in the modern world is cancer. We’ve all been affected by it one way or another and we know how devastating it can be. Millions of people worldwide have been diagnosed with cancer, have suffered the consequences and have lost their lives in the fight against this modern-day plague. The overwhelming feeling of helplessness is the first thing everyone feels when faced with cancer and there’s nothing we can do but hope to a positive outcome at the end.
However, as helpless as we feel, there are some things we can do to improve our condition and turn the odds in our favor. The simplest answer is most often the right one and according to science, what we eat can play a very important role in our fight against cancer. Medical experts in this field have discovered that there are seven foods that can inhibit the growth of cancer cells and help our body recover faster from the devastating effects of this disease. These foods aren’t expensive nor hard to find, they might already be in your kitchen but you haven’t realized how health beneficial they are.
Cancer – defined
One of the most vital roles in cancer is the process of forming new blood cells. This process is called angiogenesis and it’s controlled by chemical signals in your body that are in charge of damaged blood vessels repair and new blood vessels production. When needed, our body sends chemical signals to stop the formation of new blood vessels, known as angiogenesis inhibitors. When everything is in order there’s perfect harmony between the production of new blood vessels and the prevention of the same process, per our body’s needs.
However, tumors require blood supply to grow and they stimulate the signal for blood vessels production. This in turn feeds the tumor cells with oxygen and nutrients and gives them everything they need to proliferate and spread through your entire body.
How are these foods helpful against cancer?
The foods listed below are known for their natural angiogenesis inhibiting properties and are called antiangiogenic agents. They stop the tumor cells from proliferating, inhibiting the formation of new blood vessels and starve the tumor to death. According to leading medical experts in the field, these foods have the power to prevent and even stop the spread of cancer.
Here are the 7 foods you need to include in your diet:
1. Green Tea
Green tea is overall health beneficial. It abounds in polyphenol catechins which have chemopreventive, antioxidant and antiangiogenic properties. By adding 2-3 cups of green tea to your daily diet you’ll improve your odds against cancer significantly.
2. Raw Cacao
Raw cacao beans are another excellent choice against cancer. Cacao beans are rich in flavanol, a compound with antioxidant properties and the power to prevent cell damage. You can imagine how important this property is since we all know cancer is caused primarily by damaged cells.
Aside from flavonols, cacao beans contain polyphenols, and proanthocyanidins, ingredients with excellent ability to slow down the growth of cancerous cells.
Curry is an all-around versatile spice. It contains molecules that destroy the cancer cells especially in people suffering from bowel and esophagus cancer. Moreover, according to research curry attacks the cancer cells within 24 hours of being consumed. Many doctors recommend curry to be included in the diet of people suffering from cancer.
Rutger University conducted a study which revealed that 1 ½ cups of blueberries a day can significantly reduce the rate of pre-cancerous lesions, by a whopping 75 %. This is thanks to the high amount of the antioxidant pterostilbene these berries contain.
Once again, we have a remarkable spice that’s shown to be very effective in the fight against cancer.
Turmeric also has powerful antiangiogenic and chemopreventive properties, helping in the fight against liver cancer, skin cancer, intestines and stomach cancer.
This compound can be found in tomatoes and is known for its powerful angiogenesis inhibiting properties. According to a study involving 51,000 men who ate tomatoes or drank tomato sauce twice a week had a 23% lower risk of cancer.
7. Resveratrol Supplements
Resveratrol is a natural polyphenol and phytoalexin and is effective in the inhibition of angiogenesis. Just before you take these supplements consult your doctor or pharmacist so that you can determine the right dose for your needs.
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