Can We Eat To Starve Cancer?

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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. https://angio.org

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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I am a self-professed nerd with a keen interest in nutritional medicine. I completed a Bachelor of Nutrition in 2018, but my ultimate goal is to become a doctor and teach in how the gut-microbiome affects the development and potential management of mental disorders. Besides nerdy stuff, I enjoy un-romantic walks along the beach and being a dedicated cat-mum of 1

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