Every cell needs fuel to survive. Whether healthy or cancerous, a cell cannot survive without blood supply to bring it fuel. Our bodies utilize elaborate systems of blood vessels to carry oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to fuel our cells. Normally, the body closely regulates how many blood vessels are necessary, growing the network to accommodate needs and trimming it back as necessary. This process is called angiogenesis. Many diseases are linked to failure in angiogenesis due to the fact that the blood supply would be either restricted to healthy tissues or increased to unhealthy tissues. Feeding cells is important, but feeding the wrong ones can be detrimental. This article from Dr. Mercola discusses how limiting blood supply to unhealthy tissues has tremendous benefit:
“In his TED talk, Dr. Li focuses primarily on cancer, because angiogenesis is a hallmark of the disease. As stated earlier, cancer cells cannot grow into noticeable tumors without sufficient amounts of capillaries feeding them oxygen- and nutrient-rich blood.
As it turns out, the majority of people carry around microscopic cancer cell clusters in their bodies, but not everyone actually develops cancer.
This is because as long as your body has the ability to balance angiogenesis properly, it will prevent blood vessels from forming to feed these microscopic tumors. Trouble will only arise if, and when, the cancer cells manage to get their own blood supply, at which point they can transform from harmless to deadly.
“Anti-angiogenic therapy is the method of cutting off blood supply to the cancer,” Li explains. “This can be done because tumor vessels, unlike healthy vessels, are abnormal and poorly constructed, and because of that, they’re highly vulnerable to treatments that target them.”
There are currently about a dozen different anti-angiogenic cancer drugs that, according to Li’s statistics, have significantly increased survival rates.
However, the answer to the cancer epidemic is not just devising better drugs to treat it in its advanced stages. The answer is preventing cancer from occurring in the first place, and that’s what’s so exciting about Dr. Li’s research.
Interestingly, obesity is also largely dependent on angiogenesis.
“Like tumor cells, fat cells grow when blood vessels grow,” Li says. So in essence, a cancer-preventive diet is also an obesity-preventive diet.”
In the remainder of the article, Dr. Li enumerates dietary strategies for limiting blood supply to cancer cells thus starving them while feeding the healthy cells the oxygen and nutrients necessary to fuel their functions and keep them healthy. He states a case for eating foods that have been proven to promote healthy angiogenesis in ways that are equal to if not better than drugs used to treat the same mechanism.
Want to help your body maintain a healthy system of blood vessels and feed the right cells? Head to the grocery store and stock up on these: berries, garlic, nutmeg, artichokes, kale, turmeric, cherries, parsley, red grapes, tomatoes, and parsley. Then swing into Lake Pointe to grab Organo Green Tea (for the angiogenesis promoting effects of green tea plus the added bonus of organic Ganoderma) and a container of Dynamic Greens to help alkalize the body for better cellular oxygenation. Wanting to find more ways to be healthy? Schedule a Functional Physical to find out what your “numbers” really mean and formulate an individualized plan for wellness.