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  • “Let food be thy medicine and medicine thy food.”—Hippocrates

    There is something genuinely thrilling to see science embracing the concept of food as medicine—not food elements as medicine, not food extracts, not even chemical analogs posing as the potent elements of food, but food itself, taken in its totality. That is the message which resonates from this video. In it Dr. Li outlines angiogenesis, which is a process of regulating blood vessels in our bodies. In disease states angiogenesis is either stimulated or inhibited—for example, angiogenesis is inhibited in stroke patients, with diminished blood supply to the brain and stimulated in obesity, with increased blood supply to adipose tissue (fat cells).

    In the case of cancer, cancer cells are able to stimulate angiogenesis, thus securing a steady blood supply from which they can grow and metastasize (spread). What’s unique about this is that our bodies produce cancer cells every day and it is the role of our immune system to target these cells and eliminate them. However, the immune system does not work alone, but rather in concert with other processes in the body, such as angiogenesis regulation, which blocks the ability for cancer to take root and grow and is why cancer cells are unable to stimulate a steady blood supply in a properly regulated body.

    Only recently have we found that foods can limit the ability for cancer to manipulate the body via angiogenesis—that foods can turn off the process of blood vessel stimulation and inhibition to thwart disease processes that aim to take root in our bodies. Yet these foods have always been there protecting us and enriching our lives without our knowledge of how they work. There is a universal intelligence in the communication that our bodies share with the foods we have forged a relationship with in nature through time—something that is absent from things we synthesize and create as “food-like substances”. Embracing this new “medicine” consumed in the form of healthy foods is truly the wave of the future and will no doubt protect you and the ones you love from disease and disease processes which are entirely preventable.

  • Super foods which aid in angiogenesis regulation(click to open)

    Super Foods

    This list is by no means exhaustive, but is merely reflective of the many benefits found in eating healthy, natural foods:

    • Berries: blackberries, blueberries, cherries, cranberries, strawberries
    • Cruciferous Vegetables: arugula, broccoli and broccoli sprouts, Brussels sprouts, cabbage. collards, kale, radish, turnip, watercress
    • Carotendoid-Rich Foods: yellow, orange, green, purple, and red fruits and vegetables, such as beets, carrots, bell peppers (green, orange, red, yellow), pumpkin, and yams
    • Herbs and Spices: basil, black pepper, cinnamon, garlic, ginger, majoram, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, thyme
    • Super Greens: barley greens, chard, collards, spirulina, wheat grass
    • Legumes, Nuts and Seeds: almonds, Brazil nuts, filberts (hazelnuts), flax seeds, peanuts (organic), sunflower seeds, walnuts
    • Teas: black tea, green tea, white tea

    Please choose local and organically grown produce when available as the nutrition content is enhanced and chemical exposure is diminished. I believe it’s always beneficial to shake hands and know the human being that harvested the food you choose to share with your family. To find local farmer’s markets in your area, click here.

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