Some foods and drinks are able to inhibit cancer and tumor development. We present you seven of them, including red wines, tomatoes, curry, blueberries, green tea and black chocolate.
Some scientists say that these foods are more effective than chemotherapy.
What caused their hidden power?
These ingredients actually stop the blood supply to the tumor cells and this is an effect known as anti-angiogenesis.
Angiogenesis is a process during which new blood vessels are created in the body. This process in some cases is quite boosted, like in newborns for example. In certain periods, like in adulthood, this process is being activated only in certain cases, such as in case of wounds when tissues and capillaries need to be regenerated. The activator and inhibitor molecules are responsible for regulation of this process of angiogenesis. The inhibitors are usually predominant.
Nevertheless, the presence of tumor cells in the body triggers the activators to increase vascular cell growth for the formation of new blood vessels. The activators of angiogenesis of the cancer cells are released and these molecules trick the body into stimulating new blood vessels growth and supplying the tumors with oxygen and nutrients.
Foods that stop angiogenesis:
A research has been conducted at the Harvard University and it has been discovered that people who consume tomato sauce over four times a month have reduced risk of prostate cancer by 50 percent. The active substance of tomatoes, lycopene, is known to have anti-angiogenic features. It is a natural, fat-soluble compound that requires appropriate absorption in the digestive tract. Tomatoes are also abundant in vitamin C, and its quantity increases even more when they are exposed to high temperatures or when they are being cooked with oil.
As we already mentioned, one of the foods that inhibit cancer is the curry, and all dishes that contain curry contain a highly beneficial substance, turmeric.
The turmeric – is a substance known to accelerate the fat-burning process and to improve the health in general.
Red wine – resveratrol, one of the most powerful antioxidants, is present in the red wine and it is able to reduce the risk of cancer and prolong your life.
As scientific evidence show, this substance can inhibit the growth of cancer, fight bacteria, increase the lifespan in animals, fight viruses and fungi, increase glucose intolerance to diabetes, get rid of dangerous free radicals, improve the energy production of cells, improve the function of the heart, as well as the physical and mental condition and concentration, prevent cell damage caused by nuclear radiation, repair the damage in DNA etc.
In 225 ml of resveratrol, there are nearly 640 mcg of resveratrol, resveratrol supplements frequently combined with extracts from grape or other antioxidants are usually taken in doses of 200-600 mcg a day. According to researches, Bordeaux and Pinot Noir are the varieties that contain this polyphenol the most.
Green Tea and Coffee
Raspberries and blueberries are rich in phytochemicals that protect your body from different types of cancer. They are capable to lower the oxidative stress and inhibit the angiogenesis. They are also very efficient when it comes to protecting the body from ovarian cancer.