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Posted on 31st January 2012 by admin in Super Health

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Angiogenesis, the natural growth of new capillary blood vessels in the body for healing and reproduction, completes my Big Four. Our bodies control angiogenesis by producing a precise balance of growth and inhibitory factors in healthy tissues. If, however, the balance is disturbed, it produces abnormal blood vessel growth, either excessive or insufficient, and is recognized as a common denominator shared by a myriad of diseases that includes all cancers, cardiovascular disease, obesity, arthritis, blindness, complications of AIDS, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and dozens of other major health conditions.

When our body is healthy, it maintains the balance of angiogenesis modulators known as angiogenesis-stimulating growth factors (“on” switches) and angiogenesis inhibitors (“off” switches). When angiogenic growth factors are produced in excess of inhibitors, the balance shifts in favor of blood vessel growth, resulting in problems. When inhibitors are present in excess of stimulators, angiogenesis is stopped. In general, angiogenesis is “turned off” by the production of more inhibitors than stimulators.

Excessive angiogenesis occurs in diseases such as cancer, obesity, diabetic blindness, age-related macular degeneration, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and many other conditions. In the case of obesity, each additional pound of body fat requires about one mile of new angiogenic vessels. In all these conditions, new blood vessels feed diseased tissues, destroy normal tissues, and in the case of cancer, the new vessels allow tumor cells to escape into the circulation and lodge in other organs (tumor metastases). Because of abnormal amounts of angiogenic growth factors, it overwhelms the effects of natural inhibitors.

Insufficient angiogenesis occurs when tissues cannot produce adequate amounts of angiogenic growth factors and is seen in diseases such as coronary artery disease, stroke, and chronic wounds. In these conditions, blood vessel growth is inadequate, and circulation is not properly restored, leading to the risk of tissue death.

Angiogenesis-based medicine—restoring the body’s natural control of angiogenesis—is a new, comprehensive approach to fighting disease. By using new medical treatments that either inhibit or stimulate angiogenesis, doctors are prolonging the lives of cancer patients, preventing limb amputations, reversing vision loss, and improving general health, which is fantastic.

However, a far better route is to prevent angiogenesis problems from starting in the first place. One solution is replacing a poor diet, which is the origin of many angiogenesis issues, with a Super Health Diet. We must add to our diets the foods that boost the body’s defense system and essentially eat right to prevent angiogenesis, including its profound feeding of fat in obesity. Fat is angiogenesis-dependent, and angiogenesis inhibitors directly result in weight loss and inhibit the development of fat.

The good news is there are numerous foods and supplements that have been shown to have significant antiangiogenesis properties. Interestingly, the same foods also have antioxidation, anti-inflammation, anti-glycation, and antiangiogenic properties. Plus, research has shown a miraculous synergy in food/nutrient combinations to be more potent than any one by itself, which has been my philosophy of Superfood Nutrition from the beginning. Living Fuel Functional Superfoods have been lab tested to be a potent regulator/inhibitor of all four of these processes, and I do not know of any other food or product that can make that claim. (See Shopping List or Smart Meals and SuperSmoothie Recipes for product information.)

KC Craichy
Author
The Super Health Diet


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