Anti-Angiogenic Foods

Once solid tumors grow to about the size of a pin head, they need to generate blood vessels to keep them alive.  The blood vessel and tumor cells then begin feeding off each other and hence promote growth.  Anti-angiogenic treatments aim to stop this spiral by targeting the blood vessel cells. Several such drugs–Avastin, for example– are now on the market.

Many nutrients have also shown anti-angiogenic properties in published research studies. Here are some plant foods that contain these promising nutrients:

  • Herbs–mint, thyme, oregano, parsley, marjoram, basil (apigenin)
  • Lettuce, tomatoes, celery, beans, broccoli, artichoke, onions (apigenin)
  • Apples and berries–blue, cran, rasp, straw and cherries  (apigenin and/or resveratrol)
  • Brazil nuts (selenium)
  • Turmeric, curry (curcumin)
  • Garlic
  • Green tea
  • Mushrooms (Vitamin D)

Source: Dr. Jeanne Wallace, PHD in nutrition,

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