When cancer cells begin to divide and multiply, they need a source of energy to support their growth. That process is called neo-angiogenesis. Angiogenesis is defined as “the physiological process through which new blood vessels form from pre-existing vessels”.
Angiogenesis occurs normally in embryo development and wound healing. In addition, women in their reproductive years go through normal angiogenesis each month. These new blood vessels are the key to forming the uterine lining that is shed during menstruation. The healthy body maintains its blood vessels in a continued state of balance.
However, in certain diseases, angiogenesis can occur too often or not enough. In most forms of heart disease there is a decrease in the chemicals that would stimulate new blood vessels to grow. On the other hand, an abnormal and rapid growth of blood vessels has been implicated in many diseases, including cancer.
These new blood vessels grow to feed cancers. If we could stop the formation of these vessels, could we actually cut off a tumor’s blood supply? Could we actually starve a tumor by cutting off its oxygen and nutrients? William Li, head of the nonprofit Angiogenesis Foundation thinks so. He suggests that the first step in anti-angiogenesis is “eating foods that cut off the supply lines and beat cancer at its own game”.
Eat to Beat Cancer (http://www.eattobeat.org) is studying the potency of certain foods to determine their anti-angiogenesis capabilities in hopes of establishing a new cancer preventative diet. Dr. Li says that “once a food has been established as antiangiogenic, the next step is determining which strain or varietal of that food is the most potent”.
Dr. Li says that "if we can concentrate on eating a diet that is full of foods that have antiangiogenic properties, we will be more likely to “starve” tiny microscopic cancer cells; preventing them from developing into full grown tumors. These foods can actually boost our body’s ability to produce angiogenesis inhibitors naturally.
Some of the foods that Dr. Li recommends are red grapes (red wine), green tea, turmeric, cinnamon, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, oranges, grapefruit, lemons, apples, pineapples, soybeans, kale, bok choy, garlic, tomatoes, and olive oil. Remember to always choose the highest quality of produce - organic if possible - and don't forget the dark chocolate!
Thermography is a test of physiology that has the ability to detect angiogenesis. By “eating to starve cancer” and incorporating Thermography into your yearly wellness evaluation, inhibiting cancer can truly become a reality.