Dr. Li’s Cancer Fighting Anti-angiogenic Foods

I came across this interesting post by William W. Li, an M.D. , focused on the helping the body gain control of how it creates capillaries.   It was linked to a wonderful presentation he did at the TED 2010 conference, which can be viewed at :https://www.ted.com/talks/william_li.html. Later Dr. Li appeared on Dr. Oz to describe what angio and antiangiogenesis are.
Abnormal blood vessel growth — too much or too little growth – often accompanies serious disease such as Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, and cancer.  Angiogenesis is the hallmark of cancer – cancerous tumours all release ‘angiogenic growth factor proteins that stimulate growth of blood vessles.
Initially cancer tumours are only microscopic. Without a blood supply, they are ‘cancer without the disease’, but not apt to turn into a problem.
You can do something about making sure that cancer cells stay in their harmless state. When choosing foods that fight cancer, choose not only high antioxidant foods, but those foods that will, at the same time, interfere with the blood supply so as to starve the tumour.
There seem to be many drugs that do this nowadays, but the suggestions below are all about what you can find at your local organic grocer’s. This is great news. Here is Dr. Li’s article. A full list of antiangiogenic foods follows.

Foods That Fight Cancer

By William W. Li, M.D.
President and Medical Director, The Angiogenesis Foundation

Anti-angiogenesis, the starving of cancers by cutting off its blood supply, now a proven cancer-fighting strategy in cancer clinics supported by a growing body of scientific research, is migrating to the grocery store and farmer’s market. Many healthy foods contain bioactive compounds – specific substances that affect the body in certain ways, such as lowering blood pressure or cholesterol, or mopping up cancer-promoting free oxygen radicals, or inhibiting angiogenesis. In addition to the foods Dr. Oz and I discussed on the show (aired Friday, September 10, 2010), some other good examples of cancer fighting, anti-angiogenesis foods include:  

  • Green tea
  • Strawberries
  • Red Meeker raspberries (seeds high in ellagic acid)
  • Soybeans
  • Chocolate
  • Cinnamon

We now know that all fruits and vegetables are not created equal – some are much more potent than others, based on their anti-angiogenesis profiles.

Eat to Defeat: A New Way to Fight Cancer
At the Angiogenesis Foundation, we are launching an ambitious new initiative, called Eat to Defeat Cancer, to help people take advantage of foods that fight cancer. Using published data and the Foundation’s own anti-angiogenesis food research, we are identifying and telling the world about the most potent cancer-fighting foods.  

Our early research has already discovered that specific varieties of fruits, vegetables and teas are especially potent cancer fighters. The goal of Eat to Defeat Cancer is to arm consumers with this knowledge so they can make the best, most healthy food choices for themselves and their families.

How You Can Eat (and Drink) to Defeat Cancer
Eating to defeat cancer can be accomplished simply by adding a few anti-angiogenic foods to your meals each day, like those listed above. Like life itself, one’s diet is all about making choices. Since we all eat every day, why not choose foods that can reduce your risk of disease? Listed below are some food facts, supported by scientific research, to help you get the most cancer fighting benefits from your diet. 

  • Be picky. Red Delicious and Granny Smith apples have twice as many cancer fighters as Fuji or Golden Delicious apples. The San Marzano tomato contains more cancer fighters than any other variety. Wine grapes grown in cooler climates have more cancer fighters than grapes grown in warmer climates.
  • Eat Your Sprouts. Broccoli sprouts can contain more cancer-fighting properties than regular broccoli.
  • Dunk Your Teabag. Dunking a tea bag up and down releases more cancer-fighting molecules than letting the bag just sit in the cup.
  • Cook Your Vegetables. Raw tomatoes are good, but cooking them in olive oil is better.
  • Chew Your Greens. Chewing leafy greens helps to release enzymes that activate cancer-fighting molecules embedded deep in the leaves.
  • Go Soy. Fermented soy, like the kind used in miso soup, contains four times more cancer fighters than regular soybeans.
  • Choose one cancer fighting food for each meal. At 3 meals each day, that adds up to more than a thousand of cancer fighting food choices each year.

To read more about Dr. Li’s research, please go to his website at https://www.angio.org

A much-requested slide from Dr. William Li’s TEDTalk in Session 2, showing a longer list of foods, can be found here: https://www.ted.com/talks/william_li.html and here:  Antiangiogenic foods – Dr. Li