That dreaded word…we all know someone who has sadly suffered or even passed away from the dreaded C-word. But have you ever heard of Angiogenesis?
I watched a great Ted Talk with William Li the other day that talked about cancer cells and Angiogenesis (see below).
Angiogenesis is the development of new blood vessels. This is crucial for tumours and cancers to grow. They use angiogenesis to create their own blood supply. Without a blood supply most cancers are only very tiny. In fact many of us create these tiny cancers within us all the time. Autopsies of healthy people who passed away in accidents have shown that many of them have lots of minute cancers growing within them. But with a well functioning immune system providing adequate ‘immuno-surveillance’ our own body naturally destroys them.
But once these cancers have created their own blood supply they can grow very fast and be very hard to eliminate from the body! BUT Researchers have discovered that there are naturally occurring Anti-Angiogenic substances in everyday foods like green tea, strawberries, turmeric, mushrooms, dark chocolate and avocado! See more in the list below.
The idea is that if you eat more of these foods then you may be able to stop cancer cells from mutating and then creating their own blood supply. The evidence also shows diets rich in fruits and vegetables, low in saturated fats and high in omega 3 fatty acids and olive oil are protective against all types of cancers. That means 5-7 serves of vegetables and 2 serves of fruit each day AT LEAST! In addition eating a diet high in fiber and low in fat might be protective against cancer progression and recurrence. An 80% plant based diet has been shown in many many studies to be protective and lower inflammation! it can also reduce our risk of breast and prostate cancer and improve our quality of life.
Many of these foods have added benefits for our overall immunity, improving our White Blood Cell counts, increasing Natural Killer Cell activity, supporting our gut microbiome and improving immuno-surveillance. There are also a new family of cancer drugs now on the market that target angiogenesis in cancer cell lines.
But there is no replacement for prevention! So go on get into these fabulous foods! if you struggle to eat enough fruit and vegetables though we also have a range of wonderful herbal products like liquid Turmeric, medicinal mushrooms and green powders in clinic. Just give us a ring or shoot us an email any day!
Thank you for reading and Bye for now!
Fin Mackenzie Naturopath & Herbalist
BHSc(CM), ADNat, DNut, DRM, MATMS
Suite 24 Waratah Court
12 Waratah St
Mona Vale – NSW – 2103
02 9979 9888
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