Cancer is a disease that involves abnormal cell growth which spreads across the body. The proliferation of the cells may result in tumors which can be cancerous or benign. There are more than 100 types of cancer classified by the type of cells involved.
Angiogenesis is a physiological process which creates blood vessels in the body. This process activates when we suffer an injury and the body needs rebuilt blood vessels in order to start the healing, but angiogenesis is related to cancer as well. The process is regulated by inhibitors and activators – although cancer is closely related to inhibitors, the activators are responsible for stimulating the vascular cell growth which is important for angiogenesis. As the disease and process are entwined, we need to stop the angiogenesis in order to defeat cancer. Although it sounds hard, it’s as easy as including the following foods in your diet:
This health spice and its active compound curcumin can stop angiogenesis and prevent the development and spread of cancer.
- Coffee and green tea
Drinking coffee and green tea every day is highly beneficial. According to several studies, both beverages have the ability to stop cancer.
Tomatoes contain a compound known as lycopene. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that can lower the risk of cancer. According to studies, lycopene is broken down to fat, and increases in amount when subjected to high temperatures. This means that cooked tomatoes work best against cancer.
- Blueberry and raspberry extract
These berries are rich in special phytochemicals that can prevent oxidative stress, angiogenesis and cancer.
- Dark chocolate
Dark chocolate possesses powerful anticancer properties and should be consumed on a daily basis. However, make sure to eat just a bit – too much of it can create other health problems.