February 12, 2010
Wine And Chocolate Starve Cancer
Researchers say dark chocolate and red wine may join other foods - such as blueberries, garlic, soy, and tea - as potent medicines in the fight against cancer.
The results of the study were presented by the researchers at the renowned TED Conference on Wednesday.
"We are rating foods based on their cancer-fighting qualities," William Li, head of the Angiogenesis Foundation, told AFP. "What we eat is really our chemotherapy three times a day."The foundation is studying foods which contain chemicals that block the blood supply to tumors, eventually starving them to death.
According to another study by Harvard Medical School, men who ate cooked tomatoes several times weekly were 30 to 50 percent less likely to have prostate cancer.
Food is quickly becoming the next medical revolution.
"If we're right, it could impact on consumer education, food service, public health, and even insurance agencies," Li said.
There are already a dozen or so drugs on the market that are used to deprive tumors of blood supplies in a treatment tactic called anti-angiogenesis. But why use drugs when there is a perfectly natural supplement already on grocery store shelves?
The studies show that some foods are either as effective or more potent at fighting cancer cells then the drugs approved to do the same thing. And when cancer fighting foods are eaten together, it becomes even more effective.
And for many people throughout the world, "dietary cancer treatment may be the only solution because not everyone can afford cancer drugs," said Li.
The foundation also discovered that foods with anti-angiogenesis properties melted fat away, which also relies heavily on blood flow to sustain itself. Test results showed that mice genetically prone to being fat were trimmed down to average mouse size using the method.
Normal mice were a bit a different. It only took off weight to a certain point. "In other words, we can't create supermodel mice," Li remarked jokingly.
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