7 Anti-cancer foods
There is no easy medical way to beat cancer, that’s true. It takes chemo, radiation, endless amounts of drugs and pills to make things better. But what if we told you that you can beat the cancer naturally? Keep on reading.
The process of creating new blood vessels is called angiogenesis. This is controlled by chemical signals in our body. The signals can stimulate both the repair of damaged blood vessels and the formation of new ones. But our body can also send signals that interfere with blood vessel formation. These signals are called angiogenesis inhibitors.
Angiogenesis plays a crucial role in the growth of cancer. Firstly when the tumor appears, it’s only a few millimeters small. To grow, it needs blood supply. That’s why the tumor sends signals that stimulate angiogenesis, because it needs new blood vessels that will supply it with oxygen and nutrients, resulting in its growth and spread.
This is where the angiogenesis inhibitors are needed the most, to make sure that the tumor doesn’t get what it wants. These seven foods contain anti-angiogenesis properties that can stop the formation of new blood vessels and therefore stop the cancer’s growth.
1. Red Wine
The red wine contains resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant that is very beneficial for the cardiovascular system. It lowers the “bad cholesterol” and prevents blood clots. It also has anti-cancer effects.
However, you should know that one glass of red wine (225 ml) delivers about 640 mcg of resveratrol, which is more than the recommended dosage (200-600 mcg per day).
Turmeric is an orange-colored spice that not only fights cancer, but has many other health benefits as well (it helps lower blood sugar, lose weight, heal wounds faster, prevents Alzheimer’s etc).
Blackberries, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries are rich in antioxidants and vitamins that can help you beat cancer. Those include: resveratrol, vitamin C, vitamin A, flavonoids and ellagic acid.
Tomato’s main compound is lycopene, an antioxidant that has displayed anti-cancer potential in many laboratory studies. This potential is increased when tomatoes are consumed in a processed form, such as tomato juice or tomato sauce.
Lemons are one of the healthiest and most used foods in the world. Recent studies have shown that the antioxidants found in lemons have the ability to slow the cancer’s growth.
6. Dark Chocolate
Good news for all chocolate lovers – you don’t have to cut chocolate out of your diet! Although, you have to choose the healthy ones that are rich in antioxidants and contain at least 70% cocoa.
Besides fighting cancer, it’s proven that dark chocolate can help you lower your blood pressure, improve your blood flow, lower the bad cholesterol and protect your heart from diseases as well.
7. Green Tea
Green tea contains anti-cancer substances, called polyphenols, which have the potential to prevent the formation of blood vessels and also stop the cancer cells from growing.