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Anti-Angiogenic Foods: Prevent Cancer & Promote Weight Loss

anti-angiogenic foods prevent cancer & promote weight loss
Berries, garlic, soy, olive oil, pomegranate and other anti-
angiogenesis foods prevent cancer & promote weight loss

Angiogenesis is the term used to describe an important natural bodily process by which new blood vessels are formed. The body regulates this process by producing a balance of growth and inhibitory factors in healthy tissues. An imbalance of such factors can contribute to ‘abnormal blood vessel growth’-either excessive or insufficient growth.

According to the Angiogenesis Foundation, Agiogenesis is a “common-denominator shared by diseases affecting more than one billion people worldwide,” including all forms of cancers, skin diseases, age-related blindness, cardiovascular disease, and many others.

Anti-angiogenic foods such as berries, garlic, soy, green tea, parsley, red wine and dark chocolate may restore the balance of growth/inhibitory factors helping the body to stop undesirable Angiogenesis. Eating these foods on a daily basis is a natural therapy against conditions that rely on excessive blood vessel growth. Anti-angiogenesis agents assist the body’s system controlling angiogenesis; in the case of excessive growth, anti-angiogenic foods help by starving abnormal growing tissue (tumors) of blood supply; hence, hindering its growth. Similarly, anti-angiogenic foods can help fight obesity by regulating abnormal growth of blood vessels which also promote “fat expansion by supplying fat cells with oxygen and nutrients.” Laboratory studies have concluded that inhibiting angiogenesis in obese mice decreases their weight to normal levels.

Anti-Angiogenesis Smoothie Recipe:

4 Oz of filtered water & ice
4 Oz of Pomegranate Juice
1 Cup of any/mix of these berries: blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries and/orAcai berries
1 Teaspoon of Olive Oil
1 Lemon
1 Teaspoon of chopped garlic or 1/8 teaspoon of garlic powder

The Angiogenesis Foundation’s list of the top 32 antiangiogenic foods:

List of Anti-Angiogenesis Foods: Strawberries, Green Tea, Pineapple and more

The Angiogenesis Foundation –
Oprah: Prevent Cancer with the Right Diet of Antiangiogenic Foods –
Seven anti-cancer miracle foods –

Eat to Defeat Cancer – 

Green Smoothies – Blended Vs. Raw Greens

Get creative blending your favorite fruits and green veggies into a perfect Green Smoothie.

According to Raw Foods For Beginners, consuming blended raw vegetables can be more beneficial than chewing a fresh salad. This website explains that more cell walls are broken down when blending raw vegetables and therefore more nutrients are released to be absorbed by the body.
The following health improvements were reported in a study of  27 individuals taking a quarter of green smoothies every day, for a month:
  • Increase in energy
  • Depression lifted
  • Fewer blood sugar fluctuations
  • More regular bowel movements
  • Dandruff healed
  • Insomnia gone
  • Asthma attacks stopped completely
  • No more PMS symptoms
  • Fingernails stronger
  • Skin cleared up
  • Sex life improved
  • No more desire for coffee
  • Lost 5-10 pounds

Recipe: Quila’s Basic Green Smoothie
Green Smoothie

2C orange juice (or try tangerine juice for a tangy treat)
1C pineapple
1C peaches
1C mangos
1C raspberries (or strawberries or blueberries)
1-2 bananas
2 handfuls of spinach
4 leaves green leaf or romaine lettuce (or red or green chard)

Blend well. Makes 2 quarts. We drink this every day with a few variations here and there with the greens, berries and fruits in season. Also, add a bit of mint for a treat.

Source: “Green Smoothies.” Raw Food For The Beginner Website – 

Home Remedies for Cough

Natural Remedies for

Coughing is a reflex reaction that, in most cases, allows the body to clear the respiratory passages from obstructive substances.

The remedy one chooses must target the cause, not the cough! One may recur to a cough suppressant, but if the cause is not targeted one might be exposing ones body to a more serious complication by interrupting the body’s efforts to clear a blockage in your system.

Most of the time, cough is the result of a bacterial (i.e. bronchitis) or viral (i.e. Flu) infection. Persistent coughs, that last longer than a few days, may be the result of an advanced bacterial infection requiring a course of antibiotics. Consult your physician immediately, if this is the case.

Whatever the case may be, I suggest the use of natural expectorants and anti inflammatories instead of cough suppressant.

Ginger, thyme, rosemary, eucalyptus, garlic, oregano and cayenne pepper are commonly used natural expectorants.

Try the following recipe: Honey Tea Infused with herbs- Boil in water for 15 minutes any of spices mentioned above. Add honey and the juice of a lemon. A tablespoon of Vinegar may also be added. Drink this tea while it is warm and as much desired (lots of water is also helpful). All of these ingredients have considerable expectorant effects! 

Another remedy for cough is to improvise a humidifier at home by heating up some water. Infuse the warm water with any of these herbs. Inhale the vapors from the water as depicted in this picture:Use a towel to trap and make the most out of the vapors. NOTE: Extreme caution should be used. Vapors may burn your face if too close or too hot. This treatment simulates a typical, conventional nebulization treatment. The vapors help ease the mucus making it easier, for the body to clear the passages. 

An alternative to home remedies continuing the natural path is a supplement called Calabash Plus (Totumo). It can be purchased This is the link to the product: http://www.healthandnatureshop.c… 

Written by
Clara E. Castaneda


I am not a physician or a licensed medical professional; and I do not intend to replace the virtues and skills of those whom have spent a considerable amount of time studying the science of medicine and the art of healing. This material is provided for informational purposes only and is not medical advice. Always consult your physician!