February 9, 2011
Anti-Cancer, Heart Healthy Foods
"Groundbreaking research from The Angiogenesis Foundation (link below) proposes that you can stop cancer before it begins to grow. This new preventive approach is called anti-angiogenesis. Anti-angiogenesis encourages that, by changing the way you eat, you can change your “internal environment,” thereby depriving cancer cells the opportunity to grow and multiply.
Certain foods, eaten in the correct portions and frequency, can provide cancer-starving benefits. Below are 5 foods to eat that can prevent cancer growth:
Bok Choy This type of Chinese cabbage contains brassinin; a powerful cancer-fighter, also found in broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. Bok Choy should be eaten 3 times a week, in 1/2 cup servings to obtain its full benefits.
Cooked Tomatoes have more cancer-fighting properties than raw tomatoes. Both contain the molecule lycopene, but heating the tomato changes its chemical structure and makes the benefits more readily available to your body. You should eat 2-3 (1/2 cup) servings of cooked tomatoes a week.
Flounder This fish is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and low in mercury. Three 6-ounce servings a week is ideal.
Strawberries The antioxidants in this berry help fight cancers. You should eat 1 cup a day, including the juice.
Artichokes contain 3 different cancer-fighting molecules. Enjoy ¼ cup of hearts per day.
Eating certain types of hard cheeses, including gouda, edam, emmenthal and Jarlsburg, can also lower your risk of developing cancer. These cheeses contain a form of vitamin K called vitamin K2 (the scientific name is menaquinone) that is both antiangiogenic (blood vessel-inhibiting) and also kills cancer cells directly. The studies indicate that eating as few as 2 slices of these hard cheeses a day can lower your overall risk, including lung cancer and prostate cancer.
Cancer Fighters Can Be Heart Healthy:
You might be wondering whether eating cheese frequently is such a good idea? Well, in this case, it turns out that vitamin K2 also protects the heart by preventing hardening of the arteries. For people who are lactose intolerant or who just don’t like dairy, chicken is another good source of vitamin K2. Not the whole chicken, but the dark meat like the thighs and drumsticks."
- Mehmet Oz, Vice Chair/ Professor of Surgery at Columbia University
Additional dietary and medical info can be found by linking to the Angiogenesis Foundation webpage: