Can We Eat To Starve Cancer?

I recently watched an incredible TED talk by Dr William Li, addressing his research into how a process called anti-angiogenesis could provide a way of minimising cancer development. I would like to highlight the main points he discussed. Li is the head of The Angiogenesis Foundation in Massachusetts, USA.

Firstly, angiogenesis is the physiological process through which new blood vessels form from pre-existing vessels. Since cancer requires a blood supply in order to grow, and cancer is essentially an abnormal heightened angiogenesis process, if we could control angiogenesis back into balance, could this prevent cancer from metastasising?

*Metastasis = to spread to other parts of the body by way of the blood or lymphatic vessels or membranous surfaces.

He noted how diet is the cause of 30-35% of environmentally-caused cancers. The following diagram from his presentation is fascinating in showing how common cancer drugs compare to everyday foods we can incorporate into our diet.

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Common Vitamin E containing foods:

  • Almonds
  • Kale
  • Hazelnuts
  • Avocado
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Pinenuts
  • Atlantic Salmon

His presentation was incredible, and I highly recommend watching it to gain more insight into how our diet can play such a large preventative role in Cancer development.


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