Angiogenesis: Five specific foods that may help starve cancer cells

Angiogenesis: Five specific foods that may help starve cancer cells

Sacramento : CA : USA | Sep 13, 2010 at 11:29 AM PDT
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According to the September 13, 2010 Dr. Oz TV show today, in Sacramento on Dish Satellite channel 58 (and other channels) the five foods that may starve cancer cells and keep them from growing new blood vessels that feed the cancer-- are five foods that may actually starve the cancer cells. Also see the articles at the Dr. Oz website, "What You Can Eat to Defeat Cancer," and "Five Foods That Starve Cancer."

These five foods include the following vegetables, fruits, and fish:

1. Bok choy. This is a Chinese-type celery sold in most Sacramento supermarkets. If you find organic bok choy at one of Sacramento's Whole Food Markets or the Sacramento or Davis Natural Foods Co-op, all the better. If you can't get organic boy choy, most supermarkets carry it in the section next to the celery or cabbage in the produce sections. You can eat boy choy raw in a salad, cut up like celery, or stir-fry it with Chinese vegetables and brown rice or whole oat groats, or any other grain or vegetable that is favorable to your body's needs.

2. Cooked Tomatoes. Tomatoes contain more cancer-fighting properties than raw tomatoes. Both contain the molecule lycopene, but heating the tomato changes its chemical structure and makes the benefits more readily available to your body. According to the article, "Five Foods That Starve Cancer," you should eat 2-3 (1/2 cup) servings of cooked tomatoes a week.

3. Flounder. This fish is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and low in mercury. Three 6-ounce servings a week is ideal. Also Alaskan wild-caught salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids as are some other fish. Make sure the wild-caught fish you buy is both high in omega-3 fatty acids and low in mercury.

4. Strawberries. The antioxidants in strawberries help fight cancers. You should eat 1 cup a day, including the juice, according to Dr. Oz's website article, "Five Foods That Starve Cancer." But remember, since strawberries may be contaminated with pesticides, choose organic strawberries. And don't eat excess strawberries as they could start affecting your thyroid.

If you have hypothyroidism, check out the article on foods to avoid for hypthyroidism. See "Foods to Avoid for Hypothyroidism." Some cruciferous vegetables and some fruits, including strawberries are on the list. Ironically, some of the cruciferous vegetables and strawberries are on other lists of what to eat to help reduce the risk of cancer.

5. Artichokes. Did you know that the hearts of artichokes contain 3 different cancer-fighting molecules? According to Dr. Oz's website article on "Five Foods That Starve Cancer," enjoy ¼ cup of hearts per day.

How Angiogenesis Makes Cancer Cells Multiply

The growth of new capillary blood vessels is called angiogenesis, a vital process for reproduction and healing. Cancer turns the body against itself by hijacking the angiogenesis process. Just as healthy tissues require oxygen and nutrients, malignant tumors need a blood supply to fuel their growth. But, unlike normal tissues, cancer keeps angiogenesis permanently switched on to ensure that it has a dedicated, uninterrupted blood supply.

Cancer is so difficult to cure is that it takes too long to be detected, according to the article on Dr. Oz's site, "What You Can Eat to Defeat Cancer." By the time blood vessels have grown in the cancer, or when it is advanced, it's much more difficult to treat. In a person with advanced cancer, uncontrolled angiogenesis keeps cancer cells growing and allows them to spread.

What angiogenisis means is that blood vessels are growing that feed the cancer cells with nutrient-rich blood. That process allows the cancer cells to multiply and spread, growing even more blood vessels.

You have to turn to specific foods to prevent angiogenesis in the first place. Without angiogenesis, cancers can’t grow and become dangerous. Microscopic cancers that form in our bodies all the time are mostly harmless. These cancers aren’t even visible on a standard X-ray or body scan.

How can you use certain foods to prevent cancer from multiplying and spreading? Angiogenesis needs to be brought under control before the tumor can get a foothold. This is where your everyday diet comes into play, according to the most recent medical studies. To read more on this subject, check out the article, "Five Foods That Starve Cancer."

Disturbing new research suggests that microscopic cancer, small cancer cells that can only been seen under a microscope, is widely prevalent. A recent study of women in their 40s indicated that 40% of them had microscopic breast cancer. Even more shocking, almost 100% of people in their 70s will have microscopic cancer in their thyroid glands, according to the article on Dr. Oz's site, "What You Can Eat to Defeat Cancer."

A microscopic tumor can grow up to 16,000 times its original size in as little as 2 weeks. But new groundbreaking research from The Angiogenesis Foundation proposes that you can stop cancer before it begins to grow. This new preventive approach is called anti-angiogenesis.

To learn more about anti-angiogenesis and the groundbreaking research at The Angiogenesis Foundation, click here. According to the article on the Dr. Oz website, What You Can Eat to Defeat Cancer, "anti-angiogenesis encourages that, by changing the way you eat, you can change your 'internal environment,' thereby depriving cancer cells the opportunity to grow and multiply. Certain foods, eaten in the correct portions and frequency, can provide cancer-starving benefits."

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AnneHart is based in Sacramento, California, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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