Science is constantly looking for new ways to tackle the scourge of Millennium – The cancer diseases.
Medical portal reveals properties of 7 food and drinks which stop feeding cancer cells and inhibit the development of tumors. It’s not about starvation, but for a set of universal favorites like red wine, tomatoes, blueberries, curry, black chocolate and green tea.
Scientists claim that these foods can be even more effective than chemotherapy.
What caused their hidden power?
In a few words – they stop the blood supply to the tumor cells, or have anti-angiogenesis properties. Angiogenesis is a normal process of creation of blood vessels in the body. In some periods of your life it is enhanced – for example in newborns, while in adults this function is “unlocked” rarely – such as in wounds when tissues and capillaries need to be restored. Angiogenesis is regulated by activators and inhibitor molecules. Typically, the inhibitors predominate, but it becomes necessary activators of angiogenesis and stimulate increased vascular cell growth for the formation of new blood vessels.
Cancer cells are supplied with nutrients and spread throughout the body (metastasis) through the blood. For this purpose they need additional blood vessels. That is, to grow, there needs tumor angiogenesis. Fully it established that cancer cells release their activators of angiogenesis – molecules that “cheat” the body and stimulate the growth of new blood vessels that supply the tumor to nutrients and oxygen.
There are modern drugs – inhibitors of angiogenesis, which, in contrast to chemotherapy, are not attacking the cancer cells and inhibit the growth of blood vessels to the tumor.
Here’s the key issue: how to help themselves as prevention against cancer? We could regulate angiogenesis by selecting from food, thus we do not allow their microscopic tumors in phase to grow and spread.
Foods that stop angiogenesis:
Tomatoes. Harvard study found that men who eat cooked tomato / tomato sauce more than four times a month have up to 50% reduction in the risk of prostate cancer. This is due to the fact that tomatoes are high in lycopene, which is anti-angiogenic. Lycopene is a substance which is dissolved in the fat, and as such requires their proper absorption through the digestive tract.
In contrast to vitamin C content of lycopene in the tomato products increases when these foods are processed under high temperature or cooked with oil.
The dishes with curries include another useful substance:
Turmeric – superfoods that melts fat and makes us more healthy.
Red wine. Resveratrol is a miraculous antioxidant contained in the skins of the grapes and is associated with decreased risk of heart disease and prolonging life.
Evidence suggests, that it inhibits cancer, kills bacteria, viruses and fungi, increases lifespan in animals, improves the energy production of cells eliminate dangerous free radicals, increases glucose tolerance to diabetes, improves heart function, improves physical and mental status and concentration, repair damaged DNA prevents cell damages caused by nuclear radiation.225 ml of red wine delivers approximately 640 mcg of resveratrol, resveratrol supplements (which are often in combination with extracts from grape or other antioxidants) are usually taken in doses of 200-600 mcg per day. Studies have reported that varieties Bordeaux and Pinot Noir contain most of this valuable polyphenol.
In the food “chemotherapy” include and two favorite drinks – green tea and coffee.
The rich, dark colors of blueberries and raspberries come from phytochemicals that protect against many cancers (similar to red grapes) reducing oxidative stress and stop angiogenesis. They are an important weapon in the fight against deadly ovarian cancer.
If you have advanced explanations for the development of cancer,you can eat something sweet from the list of “natural chemotherapy” – dark chocolate has been shown healthy for heart and good mood and against the bad cells.