Food As A Defense Against Disease

Unfortunately, cancer rates are rising and it’s not happening slowly. I see this rise constantly in my cancer care coaching practice. Some of the factors that are stimulating this cancer raise range from the our physical environment to our emotional environment to the chemicals in the food that we put into our body.

I want to introduce you to angiogenesis – the process of blood vessels forming. Blood vessels are necessary to keep our body and our organs functioning. It’s interesting that the body has the ability to regulate angiogenesis by growing and branching off our vessels.

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The problem with angiogenesis is that this process is also how tumors grow.
Angiogenesis is insufficient when you have symptoms like chronic fatigue, hair loss, strokes, heart disease and more. Excessive blood vessel formation symptoms include cancer, arthritis, obesity, alzheimer’s, etc. Making too many blood vessels can actually initiate disease. In the case of tumors, more nutrients are being brought to the tumor, so they continue to grow.

William Li, Cancer researcher (watch his YouTube on Can we eat to starve cancer?), has discovered which drugs and foods are anti-angiogenic so as to help regulate this issue.

An angiogenesis inhibitor is a substance that inhibits the growth of new blood vessels (angiogenesis). Some angiogenesis inhibitors are endogenous and a normal part of the body’s control and others are obtained exogenously through medication and or diet.

Another important alternative treatment to explore is Cannabis CBD OIL, while also focusing on diet and prevention – things that you can do on your own.

Here is a list of foods and herbs that have shown anti-angiogenic properties:

  • Green Tea
  • Strawberries
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Red Wine
  • Raspberries
  • Oranges
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemons
  • Apples
  • Red Grapes
  • Bok Choy
  • Kale
  • Ginseng
  • Maitake Mushroom
  • Licorice
  • Turmeric
  • Nutmeg
  • Artichokes
  • Lavender
  • Pumpkin
  • Tuna
  • Parsley
  • Garlic
  • Tomato
  • Olive Oil
  • Grape Seed Oil
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Cherries
  • Pineapples

Herbs and associated phytochemicals that will also aid in protecting your health:

  • Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera leaf and pulp extracts)
  • Dong Quai (angelica sinensis)
  • Wormwood (artemisia annua)
  • Green tea/camellia sinensis extract (epigallocatechin)
  • Turmeric (curcuma longa, curcumin extract)
  • Reishi mushroom extract
  • Shiitake and maitake mushrooms (add to meals and soups)
  • Ginkgo biloba extract (licorice root extract glycyrrhiza glabra)
  • Chamomile (matricaria chamomilla)
  • Holy basil/tulsi (ocimum sanctum)
  • Omega-3 fatty acids (EPA, EPA)
  • Panax ginseng extract
  • Poria cocos mushroom
  • Polygonum cuspidatum (resveratrol)
  • Proanthocyanidin found in apples, maritime pine bark, cinnamon, cocoa beans, grape seed, grape skin, red wines, bilberry, cranberry, black currant, green tea and black tea.
  • Quercetin found in onions and apple (organic, of course)
  • Rosemary (rosmarinus officinalis)
  • Chinese Skullcap (scutellaria baicalensis)
  • Milk thistle extract (silymarin)
  • Soy isoflavones extract (genistein, daidzein)
  • Ginger extract (zingiber)

Along with these foods, I want to introduce you to intermittent fasting. Intermittent fasting is not a diet, it’s a pattern of eating. It’s a way of scheduling your meals so that you get the most out of them. Intermittent fasting changes when you eat. The benefits are improving lipid and triglyceride levels, improving blood pressure levels, reducing inflammation and reducing cancer risk.

As an example: Breakfast is tea or a piece of fruit; your lunch is at noon; you eat a snack 2-3 hours later; then dinner is around 5-6pm. You also need a piece of fruit around 7-8pm.

For general health use, IF (intermittent fasting) 2 to 3 days a week. For Chronic illness, use IF 5-7 days a week. The general protocol consists of the anti-angiogenic foods, fruits, vegetables, wild caught fish and grass-fed meats. This can even be used for weight loss if used  for 2 to 3 weeks.

By Greg Ashby