A few months back a cancer researcher named Dr. William Li was on Dr. Oz. He was talking about a term called angiogenesis, which he defined as the way our body grows blood vessels. He went on to say that abnormal angiogenesis is a hallmark of cancer.
What caught my interest is that he said all of us have microscopic cancers growing in our body all the time. However, if the blood vessels don’t grow to feed these cells, cancer does not develop. That’s where antiangiogenic takes place.
Anti-angiogensis therapy helps starve the cancer. The good news is there are dietary sources of antiangiogenic substances that we can eat on a regular basis to starve and fend off cancer in the body. He states foods can actually turn on and off cancer genes.
Dr. Li states diet contributes to 30-35% of the environment that causes cancer.
The list is here but here’s the highlights and one not on the list.
1. Gouda cheese
Dr. Li states: “My secret weapon to prevent cancer is Gouda Cheese. Eating Gouda Cheese can reduce cancer risks and here’s why. Gouda and other forms of hard cheeses actually contain a special hormone Vitamin K2 (menaquinone, menatetrenone) that inhibits cancer growth so it prevents cancers from growing. Studies have shown that people who eat 2 slices of hard cheese a day have an overall decreased risk of developing cancers like lung cancer the number one killer of women, and prostate cancer. Hard cheeses are typically made with bacteria that ferment and vitamin K2 is a byproduct of that process.
If you are asking yourself whether you should eat cheese and it’s good for your heart don’t worry too much; vitamin K2 actually protects the heart against hardening of the arteries. Try eating cheeses rich in vitamin K2 like Gouda, Jarlsberg and Edam. ”
2. Strawberries and red grapes
Strawberries have a compound known as ellagic acid and red grapes contain resveratrol, which potently inhibits angiogenesis by 60%
Tea contains the polyphenol catechins, which are powerful substances in plants that prevent disease. Green tea contains a bonus polyphenol called EGCG that is associated with reduced rates of prostate, stomach and colon cancer.
Sound too good to be true? Maybe…but what have you got to lose? How bad can eating strawberries, grapes, and cheese or drinking green tea be? Including sources of antiangiogenic foods can determine whether you have cancer and could save you time, energy and possibility your life.