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40 Incredible and Common Foods That Will Starve Cancer to Death
Everyone is always passing around lists of foods that cause cancer and it seems as if everyone knows them by heart:
- Large amounts of red meat
- Processed meats
- Processed foods
- Artificial anything
- Excessive alcohol
These are the basics in a nutshell. Most people think about the foods they should avoid or remove from their diets in order to prevent cancer. This is a good thing that no one would ever knock.
The problem here is that there are other things that contribute to cancer besides our diet. There are literally thousands of cancer-causing chemicals that we come into contact with every day. Of course we can limit our exposure by controlling what we use and what we choose to bring into our homes, but think about all the things you are exposed to every single day that are out of your control: the air we breathe, the plastics and pathogens we touch and handle every single day, the toxins that are now in the very dirt of the earth. Of course, there is always the genetic angle to consider, but most cancers are caused by environmental factors.
What if we could start thinking about foods that actually prevent cancer? Foods you could eat that would literally starve cancer to death so that it cannot grow and flourish? Even the toughest weed will die if deprived of water, sunlight, or nutrients. We can do the same thing with cancer cells. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Let’s take a look at how these foods can do this.
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Angiogenesis is a Latin term which means the creation of new blood vessels. Angio- which means blood vessels and genesis, which means creation. Blood vessels in the body adapt to whatever environment the body is exposed to. Your body has an amazing ability to regulate how many blood vessels there will be and how big they will be allowed to grow. When new tissue is made, for example, larger muscles, the body will make new blood vessels to give this new tissue a means of nutrients and oxygen so that it can continue to grow or to continue its life.
Research shows that there are actually quite a few diseases that are never actually able to grow due to a lack of angiogenesis. A healthy body can prune blood vessels that are not needed. An overabundance of blood vessels allows problems such as endometriosis, obesity, and cancer to form. However, too few blood vessels means that wounds do not heal properly and heart disease can develop; hair loss and erectile dysfunction are also common symptoms of too few blood vessels.
This is a delicate balance that a healthy body can easily maintain. However, with the wrong diet, lack of exercise, or overexposure to chemicals that upset the natural balance in the body, diseases such as cancer can take hold and the body gives the growing tumor its own blood supply. This enables the cancer to “eat” and grow and move about the body.
Cancer cells are fed through blood vessels, so if the blood supply can be cut off, the cancer will naturally die off, much the same way that cutting off the blood to a finger will cause that finger to die.
This isn’t merely some mumbo jumbo that someone thought would enable them to sell something; this is a stone cold fact. In fact, due to much of the research that has been performed in this area by the Angiogenesis Foundation, there is now an entire group of cancer treatments that are aimed at stopping the growth of blood vessels. Numerous drugs have been approved and are now used in the treatment of kidney, colon, lung, brain, breast, and thyroid cancer.
However, not all cancers respond well to these anti-angiogenesis drugs. Further research has shown that there are actually many foods that will work much like these drugs do when it comes to stopping the growth of new blood vessels to feed cancerous tumors.
Some foods appear to have a type of synergistic impact on cancer, working together to starve these cancer cells. Some are stronger than others, but all have some type of anti-angiogenesis affect.
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What are these foods? Take a look at the top 40 foods that are known to starve cancer cells before they ever get started.
- Sweet Potatoes
- Shiitake Mushrooms
- Bok Choy
- Dark Chocolate
- Reishi Mushrooms
- Black Berries
- Brussels Sprouts
- Olive Oil
- Pumpkins (squashes of all kinds)
- Green Tea
- String Beans
- Red Grapes
Although almost every plant has some type of anti-cancer property within them, some are standouts, such as the ones above. In fact, even in the list above there is a few that are superior to the others. That would be the cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, kale, and cauliflower, and the berries, such as blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries. If you only added one food from each of these two groups, one cruciferous vegetable and one berry, to your diet every day, it would go a long way toward starving cancer cells before they ever take a hold in your body.
Naturally, be certain that the produce you are consuming is fresh, locally grown (if possible) and organic. If only we could somehow convince the food industry to become more involved with cancer research and the pharmaceutical companies to become more involved in food research. For some reason, these two companies seem to feel that they are not interrelated and that they have nothing to do with each other, when in fact, they are so closely related, it’s as if they were identical twins.
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Isn’t it about time we started thinking of our food as medicine for our bodies? The right foods can feed and nourish it, but the wrong foods can poison it. Let’s stop waiting for doctors to treat us after the body becomes diseased and let’s start looking towards ways we can stop disease before it ever gets started.