At a recent Self-Healing and Wellness Team potluck one of our favorite Ted Talks by William Li was brought up over the delicious fruit salad made by one of our contributors. In William’s talk he discusses the role f angiogenesis (creation of blood vessels) and the role this process may play in a variety of diseases. Many common illnesses share angiogenesis dysregulation as a common denominator and better regulation of these angiogenesis processes within the body has shown to be a promising tool in combating a wide swath of disease, especially cancer. Some cancers have shown 70 – 100% improvement in survival from traditional chemotherapy. Antiangiogenic therapy drugs are used to combat cancer by blocking the creation of blood supply from cancerous cells, starving them from nutrients and keeping them from metastasizing further through the body. Unfortunately, cancer is most often diagnosed late in the game, and the later the diagnosis the worse the outcome is likely to be. So, should we all be on these drugs just in case? The short answer is no, not really, nature has our back. A huge array of fruits, vegetables, spices, and herbs come naturally packed with angiogenic regulators. Even better, when these angiogenic regulator packed foods are eaten in combination their antiangiogenic characteristics have been shown to synergize, making them even more potent than the pharmaceutical antiangiogenic drugs offered to cancer patients. Enjoy some delicious food synergy and feed yourself and starve your cancer with a Fruit Salad, recipe below.
Link to Antiangiogenetic Ted Talk featuring Dr. William Li:
Fruit Salad Recipe
1 Bunch Grapes (Halved)
1 Basket Fresh Strawberries (Halved)
2 Oranges (Peeled and Cubed)
3 Kiwi (Peeled and Cubed)
2 Banana (Peeled and Cubed)
1/2 Mini Watermelon (Peeled and Cubed)
1/4 Cup Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice
1 Tbsp. Maple Syrup
In a small mixing bowl, combine orange juice and maple syrup.
In a large bowl combine fruits and stir gently.
Add orange juice and maple syrup and stir gently until combined.
Serve cold and fresh.