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Antioxidants starve cancer cells  


According to new research, the antioxidants found in large quantities in grapes and dark chocolate join blueberries, garlic, soy, and teas as ingredients that starve cancer, Angiogenesis Foundation head William Li said at a TED (technology, entertainment design) Conference.
”We are rating foods based on their cancer-fighting qualities,” Li said. ”What we eat is really our chemotherapy three times a day.”
The Massachusetts-based foundation is identifying foods containing phytochemicals,  that, in simplistic terms choke-off blood supplies to tumors, starving them to death. Li cited a Harvard Medical School study showing that men who ate cooked tomatoes several times weekly were 30 to 50% less likely to have prostate cancer. ”There is a medical revolution happening all around us,” Li said. ”If we‘re right, it could impact on consumer education, food service, public health, and even insurance agencies.”
About a dozen drugs are already in use to deprive tumors of blood supplies in a treatment tactic called ‘anti-angiogenesis’.  The foundation pitted some foods against approved drugs and found that soy, parsley, red grapes, red and black berries and other comestibles were either as effective or more potent in battling cancer cells. Eaten together, the foods were even more effective in fighting cancer.
 

 

More information is available from the Angiogenesis Foundation, www.angio.org.
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