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A New Weapon Against Angiogenesis
May 25, 2016

A New Weapon Against Angiogenesis

Most of you who have macular degeneration (AMD), especially the wet kind, are familiar with the pharmaceutical drugs like Lucentis, Avastin and Eylea. These are medications that are considered anti-VEGF. VEGF stands for vascular endothelial growth factor.

It is a protein that signals the need for blood vessel growth when a person is injured or when a blockage develops and a new system of blood vessels forms to bypass it. However if there is an overexpression of VEGF, tumors are able to grow because of this new blood supply and retina's develop unhealthy vessels that leak and wreak havoc with one's vision.

To counteract VEGF, anti-VEGF medications have been developed and are given to cancer patients as a type of chemotherapy and to those with AMD to help control choroidal neovascularization (creation of new blood vessels) under the macula.

Pharmaceutical drugs aren't the only weapon to fight angiogenesis - a fancy word for the formation of new blood vessels. Did you know that there are foods that are considered to be anti-angiogenic?

Super Immunity

According to Joel Fuhrman, MD and author of Super Immunity: The Essential Nutrition Guide for Boosting Your Body's Defenses to Live Longer, Stronger, and Disease Free,

"Isothiocyanates (ITCs) ..." an array of compounds with proven and powerful immune-boosting effects ... have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, or even immunologic effects. ITCs can inhibit, angiogenesis ..."

Find out what is one of the top anti-angiogenic foods rich in ITCs that offers not only anticancer benefits but other immune system benefits as well:

Your Weapon Against Angiogenesis 

Leslie Degner, RN, BSN

Better Health for Better Vision

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