Everybody in the world has a body that produces abnormal cancer cells. For most people, the cancer cells, usually the size of the tip of a ball point pen, does not have any available oxygen from surrounding blood vessels, and thus perishes. In this same way, if we are able to destroy the tiny capillary veins through a natural process of antiangiogenisis the cancer cells will be rendered harmless and quickly disappear without any available oxygen.
In this TED talk, William Li describes a new approach to treating cancer by halting angiogenesis, or the growth of blood vessels. By consuming antiangiogenic foods the survival time of patients with late stage cancer can be extended by more than six times the normal span.
Many different antiangiogenic drugs and topical creams have been created but they come with the price of dealing with many side effects. Not only is antiangiogenic food side effect free, it is also cheaper and, most importantly, more effective.
Li has already shown dramatically effective and efficient results in his work but takes the idea of treating cancer a step further by emphasizing prevention. Very simply, all forms of cancer, and more over disease, can be prevented through diet.
This article goes into detail regarding how the antiangiogenic properties of certain foods were discovered. It also mentions many diseases that can be treated through antiangiogensis including:
A list of some highly antiangiogenic foods are as follow:
- Green Tea
- Red grapes
- Red wine
- Bok Choy
- Sea Cucumber
- Olive Oil
- Grape Seed
- Dark Chocolate
Of these foods, the ones that appear to have the most potent anti-angiogenesis activity include (in order of potency):
- Soy extract
- Red grapes
- Green tea
Li also discusses how the foods almost miraculously and inexplicably work synergistically. Researchers tested the antiangiogenic properties
of three different types of tea to inhibit blood vessel growth. In this study, they determined that they all had anti-angiogenesis activity, however, of the three, Earl Grey appeared to be the most potent. The researchers then decided to combine the two weaker teas and test the anti-angiogenesis activity of the mixture. They discovered that the combination of the two weaker teas resulted in more inhibition of blood vessel growth than the stronger Earl Grey tea. According to Dr. Li, this shows the presence of what is called “Nutritional Synergy” meaning, smaller quantities of many different nutrients and phytochemicals is likely superior to high quantities of fewer nutrients.”
Food is medicine, and prevention is the key to longer, healthier lives.