Did you know you can essentially starve cancer cells? True story.
Watch this amazing talk from TED (below). If you don’t have time, I’ll give you the cliff note version. Our body can regulate capillary growth by growing capillaries to heal injures or pruning them back when they are not needed. Abnormal angiogenesis is at the root of many diseases, such as cancer, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, obesity, stroke, and coronary heart disease. This study found that certain foods can essentially help prevent abnormal angiogenesis, such as berries, cocoa, cucumbers, red wine, turmeric, garlic, and tomatoes, etc. This is called Antiangiogenic Therapy.
Another interesting part of the study is that abnormal capillary growth also aides obesity, because fat is dependent on it. When overweight mice were given Antiangiogenic Therapy, they lost weight. More interestingly, they only lost enough weight to bring their body weight down to that of a normal healthy mouse.
I created a fruit salad that is delicious and uses many antiangiogenic foods. I am continuing to put special effort into creating recipes that consist of many antiangiogenic foods.
Berry Beneficial Salad:
1 carton strawberries (cut into small pieces I cut them in quarters then I cut each quarter in half)
1 carton blueberries
1 carton blackberries (cut in half- horizontally)
1 carton raspberries
2 tsp agave
2 tsp. lemon juice
½ tsp cinnamon
What to do:
1. Place blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries in a large bowl.
2. Put raspberries in a separate smaller bowl and crush with a fork until nearly liquid-like. Add agave, lemon juice, and cinnamon. Mix together. The picture to the left is what everything looks like before you mix the two mixtures together.
3. Coat berry mixture with raspberry mixture. Add coconut shavings if you like to pretend you’re like me and like to pretend you live in Hawaii.
**Eat by itself, over pancakes, on top of greek yogurt or oatmeal, etc.!**