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Wine-and-Chocolate“Food is a medicine that we take three times a day.” …As Dr. Li stated on the Dr. Oz show

I have to agree.  We have many chances everyday to choose foods that help us ward off disease and be at our optimal health.  Two particular ones that showed the indisputable ability to starve tumors to death by choking off their blood supply (anti-angiogenesis) happen to be my favorites- red wine & chocolate!

Both red wine and chocolate are high in resveratrol.  Resveratrol is one of many phytochemicals, or substances found in plant foods that help ensure good health  and fight disease. More specifically, resveratrol belongs to a class of  phytochemicals known as polyphenolics, or flavonoids, which are antioxidants  that protect body cells from damage that contributes to the disease process. Red  wine and cocoa powder are just two food products that contain significant  amounts of resveratrol.

  • Dark Chocolate: Cocoa is rich in flavonoids, resveratrol,  and antioxidant properties. 70% dark chocolate will imply the best results. Avoid mixing chocolate with milk because that will stop the apoptosis effect and will nullify cancer protection.
  • Red Wine: A study published in the Journal of Women’s Health, shows that women who drank 8 ounces of red wine for a month had slightly decreased estrogen levels. Estrogen is known to contribute to cancer cell growth. Wine grapes grown in cooler climates have the most cancer fighters.

Along with parsley, green tea, soybeans, cinnamon, and virtually all types of berries, these anti-angiogenesis foods, red wine and chocolate, proved to be “as effective or more potent in battling cancer” through anti-angiogenesis as some approved drugs. And with Mother Nature’s gifts there are naturally no side effects when consumed in moderation. Why not add some of these foods into your daily diet?  They are widely available, affordable, and really enjoyable!

Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

 

*Sources: http://www.alternativecancer.me/therapy/anti-angiogenesis-foods-agents-fight-cancer-natural/ http://moneyglitch.hubpages.com/hub/Anti-Angiogenic-Foods-Eat-to-Help-Fight-Cancer http://cancerbattlefield.com/functional-food/chocolate-your-life/ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/13/red-wine http://www.livestrong.com/article/19437-benefits-red-wine-dark/

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