Angiogenesis Inhibitors – Cancer Prevention
Everyone knows someone who has had cancer or lost someone with cancer. We know some of the causes of cancer like smoking, poor diet, chemical exposure etc. but do we really know what happens to the body when we get cancer? Know this….cancer cannot survive and grow without blood vessels!
In 1961 Dr. Folkman saw something while doing some medical research that gave him a hunch. “What if cancerous tumors, in order to expand, needed to trigger the growth of new blood vessels to feed themselves? And if that was true, what if a way could be found, to stop that growth? Could cancers be starved to death? Dr. Folkman had ample reason to be self-confident — second in his class at Harvard Medical School, he was already considered one of the most promising doctors of his generation. But even he never guessed that his idea would eventually grow into a multibillion-dollar industry that is now racing through human trials with drugs that show unparalleled promise of being able to control cancer, as well as other deadly diseases.” – Dr Folkman. His book is called Dr. Folkman’s War and it is fascinating information.
‘Angio’-means blood vessel and ‘Genesis’- means growth: Blood Vessel Growth. If we cut ourselves our body sends out signals to create blood vessels to heal the wound which is a good thing but what happens if these signals do not shut off? That’s cancer. Anti-angiogenesis are things that inhibit the blood vessel growth. Foods that are natural angiogenesis inhibitors that you want to include in your daily diet (which will strengthen your immune system and should be organic) would include mushrooms such as shiitaki, reishi and maitake mushrooms, berries, citrus fruits, red grapes, red wine (yay!), artichokes, turmeric, kale, garlic, tomatoes, olive oil and dark chocolate (yay again!).
I personally take Host Defense Turkey Tail mushrooms every day as they have proven to be natural angio-genesis inhibitors. I also take Host Defense “My Community” which is a blend of 17 different mushrooms.
I strongly recommend watching this video by Dr Li. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjkzfeJz66o It is from Ted Talks and is called “Can we eat to starve cancer”? It is fascinating and you will want to share it with your friends. Know that mushrooms such as Turkey Tail, Maitake, Shiitake and Reishi are natural angiogenesis inhibitors but the film lists many foods good for anti-cancer. It’s a must see and once you watch it you will want to share it with your friends. I hope so anyway!
How to Choose Low Carb in Restaurants
Do you find you avoid eating out because you are afraid of going off your low carb program? You don’t have to. It’s not so hard eating low carb in restaurants providing you know the right questions to ask, what to look for and what products are absolutely not allowed.
Bread, breading, pasta, rice and potatoes are big No No’s on a low carb diet. Ask your server to substitute these with extra veggies or salad. Watch for breading on chicken and other meats as well as chicken wings. You can order them un-breaded. Order hamburgers without the bun and see if they will wrap it in lettuce, or simply eat it without the bun. Breakfast can be any style of eggs (fried, scrambled, omelette’s etc) with bacon but hold the potatoes and toast. Ask for sliced tomatoes or other veggies instead. Watch sausage as it often has bread fillers. Fast food can be eaten but again hamburgers without the bun. Have a nice salad with chicken breast (not breaded). Bring your own salad dressing which is made up of MCT oil and regular vinegar with spices. Most fast food restaurants offer acceptable meals for low carbers.
As far as drinks, you can have a glass of wine (preferably red as it is lower carb) or any liquor (gin, rum, vodka etc) with club soda and lemon, or water. I am not a fan of diet pop as it is laden with aspartame which is extremely toxic. If you must have pop purchase Zevia which uses stevia for a sweetener instead of aspartame and other artificial sweeteners. No beer or cocktails as they are too high in carbs/sugar.
Most restaurants don’t have low carb/sugar desserts so you may want to pack your own if you must have some. Most restaurants won’t mind if you tell them you are on a strict diet. So go out and eat!
Gluten Free and only 2 Net Carbs!!!
Servings: 12 Mini Cups
Author: Angela Coleby
- 1/2 cup (56g) coconut flour
- 1/4 cup Erythritol or sugar substitute
- 1/2 cup 113g butter, unsalted softened
- 1 egg beaten
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 4oz 112g cream cheese softened
- 2 tablespoons erythritol or sugar susbtitute
- 2 tablespoons double cream
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 Fresh strawberries cut into small pieces
- Pre-heat the oven to 180C/350F degrees.
- Grease a mini muffin tin well.
- In a bowl, mix the coconut flour, erythritol, baking powder and salt together.
- Add the butter, egg and vanilla and mix into a dough.
- Line a mini muffin tin with 12 cases.
- Roll the dough into 12 balls.
- Press the dough balls into the case making sure that there is a large “well” in the middle and spreading the edges out.
- Bake for 15-18 minutes until golden and firm.
- Remove and set aside to cool.
- Gently remove the shortcake cups from the tin. If they start to crumble, place them in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to harden.
- Blend the erythritol, cream cheese, vanilla extract and double cream until smooth.
- Pipe into the shortcake cases. Or spoon it in.
- Decorate with strawberries
- Eat and enjoy
Makes 12 mini cookie cups
Nutritional Info per cup – 134 Calories, 12g Fat, 2g Protein, 4g Total Carbs, 2g Fibre, 2g Net Carbs
I am on the road most days and tend to skip breakfast, even though I am completely aware that breakfast is the most important meal of the day…it kick starts the metabolism. I can also be lazy so I don’t bother with a blender except if I am making one for my husband as well in which I may add frozen fruit and/or a banana. The basic recipe for me is:
- 1 Scoop Protein (I use protein concentrate not isolate as it is slower released and keeps me fuller longer)
- 1 Tbls liquid fish oil (you can never taste the fish oil as they make them very tasty these days)
- 1 Tbls Progressive Phytoberry (this is loaded with berries and fruits among many other ingredients, which is very high in anti-oxidants)
- 1 Tbls Progressive Vege Greens (you won’t believe how many amazing ingredients in this greens product and they now have a new pineapple/coconut flavor)
- 1-2 Tbls MCT oil (this is a great fat burner)
This is your basic recipe. You can use whatever protein powders, greens or powder fruit blends as you choose. I put water in my shaker cup (the one with the metal mesh ball in them), add all of the ingredients, shake and go. It literally takes 5 minutes max.
If I use a blender, I will add one or more of the following:
- 1 banana
- ½ cup frozen blueberries (you can use fresh)
- ½ cup frozen strawberries (you can use fresh)
- Any other types of fruit
- You can add spinach or kale for added greens
- The recipes are completely endless depending on your taste, just do it
I could not eat ALL DAY long and get half of the nutrients that I get in this shake. You can even freeze it for later and have a frozen smoothie.