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You Can Eat to Beat Cancer

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  • You Can Eat to Beat Cancer

    It seems like every time we turn around someone is telling us to eat more fruits and vegetables. They tell us it's healthy because those foods are rich in vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, fiber, etc., and that's all true. They usually go onto say these foods will also help us stave off and fight cancer but seldom, if ever, do they tell us why that happens.

    The term "Anti-Angiogenic" means to halt or slow the process of blood vessel development in tumors so that they are starved of blood and eventually die. Many drugs do that but many foods do as well.

    This is an excellent resource:
    A growing movement to improve global health through cancer-fighting foods.

  • #2
    Here is a great visual of the list of many anti-angiogenic foods. Just be mindful that some of these foods can raise blood sugars, so less maybe more.
    Choose cancer-fighting healthy Foods for every meal.


    • mtbizzle
      mtbizzle commented
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      Awesome quick resource / reference, thanks John. I try to eat a predominantly healthy whole food vegan diet, so the foods shown there cover a substantial portion of what I eat. Always good to see little signs that you're on the right track, with all the info on nutrition coming from a thousand directions these days.

    • Kayak Greg
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      Cancer is a multi-stage process resulting from aberrant signaling pathways driving uncontrolled proliferation of transformed cells. The development and progression of cancer from a premalignant lesion towards a metastatic tumor requires accumulation of mutations in many regulatory genes of the cell. Different chemopreventative approaches have been sought to interfere with initiation and control malignant progression. Here we present research on dietary compounds with evidence of cancer prevention activity that highlights the potential beneficial effect of a diet rich in cruciferous vegetables. The Brassica family of cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli is a rich source of glucosinolates, which are metabolized to isothiocyanate compounds. Amongst a number of related variants of isothiocyanates, sulforaphane (SFN) has surfaced as a particularly potent chemopreventive agent based on its ability to target multiple mechanisms within the cell to control carcinogenesis. Anti-inflammatory, pro-apoptotic and modulation of histones are some of the more important and known mechanisms by which SFN exerts chemoprevention. The effect of SFN on cancer stem cells is another area of interest that has been explored in recent years and may contribute to its chemopreventive properties. In this paper, we briefly review structure, pharmacology and preclinical studies highlighting chemopreventive effects of SFN.

      btw, by far the most concentrated form of sulforaphane is broccoli sprouts.

  • #3
    Angiogenesis. It’s the fuel line that feeds new cancer cells. In those old war movies, it’s a common tactic to cut off supply lines. That’s exactly what this is - in the war on cancer.


    • #4
      This article is worth a read. This lady is living proof that anti-angiogenic foods are effective cancer treatment. She lives near where I do and people come from all over the country to hear her tell her story. Food as Medicine

      Your diet could help you beat disease

      Kathy Bero stands in a field of kale, one of the top foods on the anti-angiogenic food list.


      • #5
        Interesting. I’ve been renewing plant-based tendencies after a major push into low carb. Good reminder.


        • #6
          Eating food and beverage like green tea helps you a lot to beat cancer cells in the body. Thank you for sharing the list of foods that helpful to beat cancer.


          • #7
            Green tea is a very beneficial drink. ConsumerLab tested quite a number of green teas recently. It lists the ones that passed and the ones that didn’t.
            • ConsumerLab's Top Picks for green tea supplements, brewable teas, matcha powders and bottled green teas based on quality, value, and even taste
            • Which products passed or failed our tests and why
            • How much EGCG, total catechins, and caffeine is in each product
            • Why contamination with lead, cadmium and arsenic is a concern, and what our tests showed
            • Price comparisons showing how to get a green tea product with EGCG at the lowest cost
            • Clinical information about the efficacy of green tea and dosage
            • Cautions and potential side effects for green tea -- including drug interactions, a warning for women who are pregnant or nursing, liver toxicity, and effects on bones and teeth
            Be aware that the many of the foods in the list above are high in sugar and sugar is angiogenic.


            • #8
              It is also important what we don't consume. eg Another factor that has also come out is the relationship between fat and cancer:

              The researchers next looked at the role of fat intake on cancer spread. They provided mice with a high fat diet then injected them with a type of human oral cancer. The high fat diet caused 50% more mice to have larger and more frequent metastases.


              • #9
                "Be aware that the many of the foods in the list above are high in sugar and sugar is angiogenic."

                But sugar is in vegetables -- carrots, sweet potatoes -- and fruits. Yet Ornish showed reversal of prostate cancer and longer telomeres with foods that contain "sugar".

                Would it be more accurate to say processed foods with processed sugars?

                Don't forget "protein".
                • Dr. Steven Gundry (cardiologist...low carb, higher fat, low protein) calls protein "the new sugar" and of course higher levels of IGF-1 are associated with higher rates of cancer
                • ...endocrinologist Dr. Ron Rosedale (very low carb/very low protein/higher fat) has written extensively about the issues between protein and IGF-1 going back to the early 2000s. While I was never in the 1 gram of protein for every lb of body weight camp, I was probably overconsuming and I adjusted accordingly after reading his recommendations and why. (Also helped with the grocery bill...)


                • #10
                  Good luck following that sort of advice. You may need it.


                  • #11
                    Insulin Resistance is a major risk factor for cancer. And how much attention do we spend on it? It's not only a risk factor for cancer. Cancer cells seem to thrive on it increased insulin and glucose. Has anyone read, "The Longevity Diet", by Valter Longo? This link is to yet another scientific article (niche science, you probably will not want to read more than the abstract). It's just another brick in the wall re: how cancer cells depend on insulin and sugar.


                    • mtbizzle
                      mtbizzle commented
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                      Im deciding between listening to Longo's book or Dale Bredesen's on the long road trip I will be going on this weekend. Am leaning towards Longo. Do you remember if he give specific actionable advice, aside from fasting? I ask because I'm currently trying to fine tune the content of my diet! Currently eat a vegan diet, heavily stressing whole foods (veggies, fruits, Legumes nuts/seeds, intact oats, EVOO) that's high in mono-fats and low in sodium. Always looking for details to improve there, not too sure where to look next!

                  • #12
                    In addition, I did a couple of videos on Low-Carb, keto diet and cancer -
                    Have you heard of the Warburg Effect? Most cancer cells are primitive. So they thrive better on carbs than fats. This is called the Warburg effect. Keto diets are used as an adjunct with most cancers. (They are not definitive treatment. But they help.)


                    • #13
                      Well, keto diet OUGHT to be used as an adjunct to cancer treatment, but in most cases it's not. A Google search turned up the Stanford Health Care "Nutrition Services for Cancer Patients". Their suggestions for breakfast: oatmeal, pancakes, muffins and more muffins! Not much keto here. Oncologists will happily use the glucose-based PET scan to diagnose cancer but then don't see anything wrong in telling their patients to eat carbohydrates that feed the cancer cells. In similar fashion hospitals feed their diabetic patients with carb-heavy meals or hook them up to a glucose IV. What goes through their heads?

                      Are you familiar with the work being done by the Epigenix Foundation? See their YouTube channel. They've been taking dogs with inoperable cancer and treating them with keto diets and HBOT in addition to the standard chemo and radiation. They've achieved remarkable cures provided the dog is not too far gone. In one case a dog they had cured of advanced cancer was reclaimed by its owner who went back to feeding it the standard carb-heavy commercial dog food. Not surprisingly, the cancer returned and the dog died. That's a warning to us humans too: you have to watch your diet after being "cured" of cancer because you likely still have cancer stem cells in your body. And a LCHF diet with overnight ketosis and occasional fasts will probably prevent cancer in the first place.


                      • #14
                        I agree. Keto would likely be a better option than Stanford’s high-carb recommendations, however, there’s not much science in support of Keto as a human cancer treatment strategy yet either. I think I would stick to Keto, if I had cancer, and add as many anti-angiogenic foods as possible to help cut off the nutrient supplies that fuel tumor growth. It works well as an adjunct therapy for people receiving standard medical cancer treatments as well




                        • #15
                          I just listened to an interesting recent podcast whose guest is a cancer researcher (Siddhartha Mukherjee). He is trying to tease out which cancer multi-disciplinary therapies work for specific cancers and when because of the complexity of cancer (type, stage, health of patient, etc). The below recent NY Times article I reference was written by Siddhartha Mukherjee on nutrition and health/cancer for a broad audience, and the podcast page lists other works for those interested in more depth on this topic. Siddhartha Mukherjee is a Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer and multiple other notable books along with his cancer research.

                          As covered in the later portions of the podcast, a keto diet can be very helpful (to necessary) for successful treatment of cancer in certain circumstances, and definitely bad in others. If you want to listen to the podcast, it is on Peter Attia's podcast page. There is unfortunately a lot of complexity in human metabolism where we would all prefer a simple answer. However, within that complexity there are themes that we can follow.