I recently watched a video (posted below) containing a speech from Dr. William Li explaining a new cancer treatment called angiogenesis, which is based on the process our bodies use to grow blood vessels. When angiogenesis is out of balance, or in other words, when blood vessels are in excess or insufficient, more than 70 diseases can occur. Dr. Li focused his speech on cancer, in which angiogenesis is a large characteristic, and spoke of cutting off the blood supply to the blood vessels that are feeding the cancer in order to cure the disease.
In experiments using Antiangiogenesis Therapy, he found that a variety of cancers, even in other species could be treated using this method of treatment. While the treatments have great success rates, especially as compared to older types of treatments, Li knew that the success rate isn’t as good as it could be. This is because they are treating it after it has progressed too far. He realized at this point that preventing cancer is the answer.
Looking at the factors that cause cancer, diet accounts to 30-35% of environments that spur on the disease. But instead of trying to figure out what to strip out of a diet to prevent cancer, he found that there are ways instead to eat foods that contain natural angiogenesis inhibitors. Using extract from red grapes, he found it inhibited natural angiogenesis by 60%. Strawberries and soy beans are even more potent.
Here’s his list of antiangiogenesis foods and beverages that are currently being studied for potency:
- Green Tea
- Red Grapes
- Red Wine
- Bok Choy
- Soy Beans
- Maitake Mushroom
- Sea Cucumber
- Olive Oil
- Grape Seed Oil
- Dark Chocolate
There are different potencies in all of these foods and even some combinations of foods have higher potencies than what they contain alone. In some cases, some of these foods are even more potent than drugs specifically designed to fight cancer.
This is amazing enough, but interestingly, the treatment is also useful in treating obesity. Fat has actually been found to be highly angiogenesis dependent – when blood vessels grow, so does fat. So the idea here is to shrink fat by cutting off it’s blood supply. In a study which took a genetically obese mouse he inhibited angiogenesis which caused the mouse to lose weight and return to normal size. When they stopped the treatment, it gained it’s weight back and after starting it up again, it would drop right off again. This shows how effective angiogenesis inhibition can be in controlling weight issues.
Dietary cancer prevention and the ability to fight obesity is available to all of us and it’s simple. We just have to eat healthy!