Dr Oz: Eat to Prevent Alzheimers and Cancer

September 28, 2010

I talked a while back about how much I love the Dr. Oz Show, and how much I learn every time I tune in. I saw two shows recently that I thought contained amazing information, and I want to tell everyone I know about it, starting with you!

I bet we would all agree that Alzheimers and cancer are two of the most dreaded diseases we can imagine. What if your diet alone could help prevent them from attacking you and your loved ones?

According to these two episodes of Dr. Oz, there are foods that can do exactly that.  Read on!

Dr. Oz said that when autopsies are done on 40 year old women who die in car accidents, 40% are found to have microscopic breast cancer cells. By the time we’re 70, 100% of us have cancer cells in our bodies.

So, what makes those common microscopic cells grow into a menacing tumor? Blood supply. It’s called angiogenesis; when blood capillaries grow and feed the cells so they can multiply at a sometimes alarming rate.

A study conducted by Dr.William Li has shown that certain foods do have the ability to impair angiogenesis.  The anti-angiogenesis foods include:

  • Bok Choy
  • Cooked Tomatoes
  • Artichokes
  • Flounder
  • Strawberries
  • Green Tea
  • Chocolate
  • Cinnamon
  • Soybeans

Now how about Alzheimers disease?  It runs in our family, and LilSis and I will do just about anything to keep it from attacking us. Dr Oz says that we need to add these brain-boosting Alzheimers-fighting foods to our diet:

  • Lentils
  • Chia Seeds
  • Brazil Nuts
  • Coffee

I already eat most of these things, but the rest are going to be integrated into my diet (except for flounder since I’m not a critter eater).  Now…how do you cook bok choy?

~BigSis

4 Comments so far

  1. Posted by lisaiscooking

    September 30, 201011:28 am

    So interesting! I’d never seen flounder on a list like this. I wonder what it is about flounder? And, I’ve been curious about chia seeds for a while so I’m going to have to seek them out.

  2. Posted by LilSis

    September 30, 20104:36 pm

    Lisa – It is interesting that he just mentions the flounder and not other fish, I always thought Salmon was one of the best for you.

    I don’t even know where to find the chia seeds, I already looked at Trader Joe’s and they don’t have them. I guess I’ll try Henry’s and Sprouts.

  3. Posted by BigSis

    September 30, 20107:56 pm

    Hey Lisa, Dr Oz’s show mentioned that flounder is high in Omega 3s, but also very low in mercury. He said that wild salmon is preferable to the farmed salmon that is so common. Farmed salmon is actually white in color. To make it look more appealing, the farmers choose the tinted fish food they buy based on the color they want the fish flesh to be. Who wants to eat that?

  4. Posted by LilSis

    October 3, 20101:38 pm

    I ONLY buy wild caught salmon and any other fish for that matter. I never buy farm raised.

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