According to recent studies, there are 7 surprising drinks and foods that can fight the deadliest disease of them all – cancer. These foods and beverages can inhibit the development of tumors and you probably already have some of them in your kitchen.
Angiogenesis is the normal process of cell creation in the body. It begins when we’re born, and is either faster or slower at different ages. When we get old, angiogenesis is significantly slowed down, which makes the body unable to heal itself.
Angiogenesis is regulated by activators and inhibitors. The inhibitors are the more important part, which doesn’t diminish the important role of activators. Tumors also use this process in order to create new blood vessels through which they can get the nutrients they need. This means that the growth of tumors depends on activators and inhibitors – molecules which trigger the growth of new blood vessels.
Knowing this, scientists have developed angiogenesis inhibitors which are drugs that have an opposite effect of chemotherapy. However, you should know that there are foods which can do the same just as effective and without any nasty side-effects. Here are 7 foods which can successfully kill cancer cells:
Tomatoes are one of the most powerful anti-cancer foods. According to a Harvard study, people who consume tomato sauce regularly have a 50% lower risk of prostate cancer. This is mostly due to the presence of lycopene. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant with anti-angiogenic properties that can stop the spread of cancer cells. When cooked, the amount of lycopene increases, which is why it’s best to consume the vegetable in this form.
Red wine is rich in resveratrol, a rare compound that lies in the skin of grapes. Numerous studies have shown that resveratrol can prevent cardiovascular diseases and improve longevity, with some even claiming that it can kill viruses, bacteria and fungi and improve the cellular energy production. And its benefits don’t stop there – resveratrol can eliminate free radicals, repair damaged DNA, improve the mental and physical health and prevent the harmful effect of nuclear radiation. 225 ml. of quality red wine has about 640 mcg. of resveratrol, and you can also consume resveratrol supplements in doses of 200-600 mcg. per day. Scientists say that Bordeaux and Pinot Noir are the best sources of the compound.
Blueberries and raspberries
These fruits can reduce oxidative damage and stop the process of angiogenesis. They contain powerful phytochemicals which give them their color and health benefits as well.
Eating sweets while dealing with cancer is certainly not recommended as cancer cells feed on glucose. However, there’s one sweet thing you can eat – dark chocolate. Studies have shown that dark chocolate can fight angiogenesis and prevent the spread of cancer, while also lifting your spirits up.
Coffee and green tea
Coffee and green tea are highly beneficial drinks which can stop the angiogenesis in tumors and prevent the spread of cancer.
Turmeric has numerous health benefits including the ability to stop and prevent cancer.