Angiogenesis is a normal process of forming new blood vessels. It takes place in growth, menstrual cycles, healing, etc. It is necessary for cancers to grow and to metastasize. It occurs in macular degeneration and hinders the vision. Blockers of angiogenesis are beneficial in cancer, macular degeneration and other disease processes.
Dr. Judah Folkmann studied angiogenesis for many years and developed many related study techniques. He was mentor to Dr. William Li. Dr. Li’s video on angiogenesis can be viewed on TED.com.
The following list is of anti-angiogenic natural products and lifestyle changes:
Omega-3 fatty acids (with DHA and EPA) are anti-angiogenic.
Exercise is anti-angiogenic.
Low fat, vegan diet is anti-angiogenic.
Amino acids which are anti-angiogenic include arginine and lysine.
COX-2 enzyme inhibitors, such as Xyflamend, since chronic inflammation is angiogenic.
Vitamin D is anti-angiogenic.
Minerals include very high doses of selenium (at the point of toxicity) and low copper is anti-angiogenic. High doses of zinc are given to reduce levels of copper to treat cancer.
Proanthocyanidins are anti-angiogenic.
Proton pump inhibitors that are anti-angiogenic include quercetin and resveratrol.
The following herbs have anti-angiogenic activity: Andrographis, Bilberry, Cinnamon, Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli and Brussels sprouts, Dong quai (Angelica sinensis), Ginger, Ginkgo biloba, Gotu kola herb, Green tea, Matcha powdered green tea, Holy Basil, Hops, Licorice, Mate, Milk thistle, Mistletoe, Panax ginseng, Red sage, Skullcap, St. John’s Wort, Turmeric, Wormwood, Zinc.
(Benfotiamine is angiogenic.)