Evidence suggests that vegetarians may have lower rates of cancer than meat eaters
by nycScribbler, 30 October 2010
A 12-year longitudinal study published in the British Journal of Cancer suggests that vegetarians have a 12 to 50 percent lower risk of developing certain forms of cancer than their meat-eating counterparts.
BUT EVEN MORE EXCITING NEWS IS THIS...
New research being conducted by the Angiogenesis Foundation in Cambridge, Massachusetts, suggests that plants may protect us from cancer by blocking the disease’s ability to grow via a process called angiogenesis.
Angiogenesis is a tissue’s ability to grow new blood vessels. For example, when you cut yourself, new vessels are formed under the scab to help the tissue heal. In a healthy person, angiogenesis starts when new blood vessels are needed and stops when that growth is complete. However, when the process goes amiss, new blood vessels don’t form when they are needed or blood vessel formation gets out of whack.
Cancer occurs when angiogenesis goes wild.
To multiply, cancer cells begin producing chemicals that initiate angiogenesis – the cells essentially learn to feed themselves by creating their own blood supply. Cutting off the blood supply stops the cancer.
Scientists like Dr William Li, a researcher who heads the Angiogenesis Foundation has isolated certain foods that impede angiogenesis. These foods include fruits, such as, oranges, apples, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries; vegetables like bok choy, kale, tomatoes, artichokes, maitake mushrooms, pumpkins and; legumes like soybeans; spices and herbs like turmeric, nutmeg, garlic and parsley; fish such as tuna; and red wine and chocolate. The plant chemicals in these foods hinder angiogenesis so that a single cancer cell or cluster of cancer cells is never able to grow enough to become full blown cancer.
With all the research out there today, Cancer Research UK recommends a healthy, balanced diet high in fiber, fruit, and vegetables and low in saturated fat, salt, and red and processed meat.
LIVE LONG, LIVE HEALTHY! The CHOICE TO CULTIVATE GOOD EATING HABITS AND MAKE HEALTHY FOOD CHOICES IS YOURS!
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