(NaturalHealth365) Once imbalance happens in the body due to poor dietary choices, stress or toxins from the environment, there are internal mechanisms that will “kick in” which will cause cancer to grow and spread. One major internal contributor to cancer is called “vascular endothelial growth factor,” or VEGF.
For cancer patients, VEGF can be a deadly process since it causes tissue growth to continue unchecked. Of course, conventional medicine has its so-called “solution” to VEGF in the form of harmful chemotherapy drugs. But there are also ways to work with the body in order to stop VEGF in its tracks.
VEGF is a major contributor to why cancer tumors get out of hand
For healthy, growing children, VEGF is a necessary mechanism for growth. As a “signaling protein,” it helps promote new blood vessels and also encourages tissue to grow by restoring blood supply to cells. For babies, VEGF is one of the major processes that helps them develop in the womb.
As young people move into adulthood, VEGF slows down. Although VEGF is still needed for some nervous, circulatory and respiratory system funtions as well as wound healing,consistently high levels of VEGF can be red flags for many disease conditions. For example, obese individuals and those with diabetes have been shown to have high levels of VEGF, as do those with arthritis, M.S. and infectious disease conditions; malaria is an extreme example.
Managing VEGF is also crucial for stopping the spread of any form of cancerous growth. This is because VEGF is a major contributor to a process called cancer cell angiogenesis. Cancer cell angiogenesis is the central process through which small “neoplasms” (cancer tumors that are smaller than 1 mm) grow into larger and possibly metastatic cancer tumors.
Malignant tumors are notoriously relentless when it comes to finding ways to grow and multiply. Because they need an independent blood supply to grow, cancer cells literally create their own VEGF. A cancer tumor will continue to produce VEGF as it grows in size and eventually branches out to other organs in the body.
Anti-angiogenetic foods will turn off VEGF – naturally
Conventional medicine relies on VEGF Inhibitors, chemotherapy agents that come with their own nasty and lingering side effects, in order to curb VEGF within cancer cells. There are natural substances and modalities you can use, however, that have been shown to slow down VEGF in cancer cells.
Visionary cancer researcher Dr. William Li, founder of the Angiogenesis Foundation and a popular TED speaker, is currently in the process of creating a rating system that will score foods according to their ability to curb cancer cell angiogenesis. He and others say it is possible to starve cancer through eating foods that have a direct effect on VEGF within cancer cells.
The following is just a partial list of some natural “anti-angiogenetic” agents cited by Li and others. You will notice that many of these are also super-antioxidants, immune-boosters and breast cancer fighters as well:
- Red grapes
- Green tea
- Herbs such as nutmeg, turmeric, parsley and thyme
Other suggestions for lowering VEGF verified by studies include boosting your intake of vitamin C and E and practicing stress reduction techniques. A recent study on ovarian cancer cells by researchers at Ohio State University found that norepinephrine, produced during periods of stress, can stimulate tumor cells to release VEGF.
Wherever your journey with cancer is taking you at this time, understanding the internal mechanisms that may be red flags for “turning on” cancer tumor growth is a crucial part of taking your health into your own hands. Choosing to eat foods that are “anti-angiogenetic” and choosing to include stress management techniques in your everyday routine is truly being proactive through prevention on all levels.
About the author: Dr. Veronique Desaulniers (“Dr. V”) is a best-selling author and specialist in Chiropractic, Bio-Energetics, Meridian Stress Analysis, Homeopathy and Digital Thermography. After 30 years in active practice, she decided to “retire” and devote her time to sharing her personal, non-toxic Breast Cancer healing journey with others. Her years of experience and research have culminated in “The 7 Essentials™ “, a step-by-step coaching program that unravels the mystery of healing the body. Her website and personal healing journey have touched the lives of thousands of women around the globe. To get your F.R.E.E. 7-day mini e-course and to receive her weekly inspiring articles on the power of natural medicine – visit: BreastCancerConqueror.com
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