Here is a list of 7 amazing foods which prevent the growth of cancer cells and the development of various types of tumors. This list contains foods which many people love like: tomatoes, curry, red wine, green tea, blueberries and black chocolate. Scientists claim that they are even more effective than chemotherapy.
What caused their hidden power?
They are effective because they stop the blood supply to cancer cells or contain anti-angiogenesis properties. Angiogenesis is the physiological process through which new blood vessels are formed. This process is accelerated in newborns while in adults it is rarely triggered – if you have wounds for example, when capillaries and tissues need to be restored. Angiogenesis is regulated by the activity of activators and inhibitors. Inhibitors are more dominant but activators are necessary for stimulation of vascular cell growth which is crucial for formation of new blood vessels.
Cancer cells need nutrients to spread through blood vessels. They need more blood vessels as well. So they activate their angiogenesis- molecules that cheat the body to stimulate the growth of new blood vessels which will help in supplying the cancer with oxygen and nutrients.
There are common medicines- inhibitors which do not attack the cancer cells but prevent the formation of new blood vessels.
In order to help our body to fight against tumor cells we need to consume certain types of food which will stop angiogenesis.
Foods that stop angiogenesis:
Harvard study made research on men who consumed cooked tomatoes or tomato sauce more than four times per month. The study showed that they had a lower risk of developing prostate cancer by 50%. This is due to lycopene which is found in tomatoes and is anti-angiogenic. This substance is dissolved in fat and is absorbed through the digestive tract.
Unlike vitamin C, lycopene level increases when tomatoes are cooked at high temperatures.
The grape skin contains resveratrol – a powerful antioxidant which prevents heart diseases and prolongs the life span.
It also kills bacteria, fungi and viruses, it inhibits cancer, eliminates dangerous free radicals, increases glucose tolerance to diabetes, , improves physical and mental ability, improves heart function, concentration, repair damaged DNA, boosts energy and prevents cell damages caused by nuclear radiation. 225 ml of red wine contains about 640 mcg of resveratrol and the recommended dosage of resveratrol supplement is 200-600 daily.
Two common drinks can also replace chemotherapy – coffee and green tea!
The specific dark color of blueberries and raspberries is due to phytochemicals which are proven to protect against many types of cancer. They reduce the oxidative stress and prevent the angiogenesis. They are especially effective against ovarian cancer.
If you want to protect yourself try to include at least some of the foods from the list above. You can even eat something sweet- dark chocolate which improves cardiovascular health, mood and is effective against bad cells.