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5 Simple Eating Habits to Live a Longer Life

Eat This, Not That! Logo By Jeff Csatari of Eat This, Not That! | Slide 2 of 6: To live a longer, disease-free life, your body needs to maintain a balance between being able to form new blood vessels (which is critical for wound healing and restoring blood supply for treating cardiovascular diseases) and keeping that cellular growth in check—otherwise, you increase your risk of cancer and other diseases.While the process of splitting and sprouting new blood vessels, known as angiogenesis, is completely natural, it can have a negative effect by feeding the growth of diseases, such as cancer, Alzheimer's disease, obesity, and diabetes-related vision loss. Dr. Li's mentor, the Harvard scientist Judah Folkman, came up with the idea that you could starve tumors by targeting the abnormal blood vessels that feed them. "The goal of an angio-preventive diet is to keep the body's angiogenesis defense system in a healthy state of balance," says Dr. Li.In his book, Li says some of the most effective foods for enhancing your body's ability to starve cancer and maintain an angiogenesis balance are soy, black raspberries, tomatoes, tea, pomegranate, and even licorice, beer, and cheese. There's mounting evidence for the power of these foods, Li says. "People in Asia who consume lots of soy, vegetables, and tea have a significantly lower risk for developing breast and other cancers."RELATED: Sign up for our newsletter to get daily recipes and food news in your inbox!

1. Fill your diet with soy, tea, and vegetables for an angio-preventive diet

To live a longer, disease-free life, your body needs to maintain a balance between being able to form new blood vessels (which is critical for wound healing and restoring blood supply for treating cardiovascular diseases) and keeping that cellular growth in check—otherwise, you increase your risk of cancer and other diseases.

While the process of splitting and sprouting new blood vessels, known as angiogenesis, is completely natural, it can have a negative effect by feeding the growth of diseases, such as cancer, Alzheimer's disease, obesity, and diabetes-related vision loss. Dr. Li's mentor, the Harvard scientist Judah Folkman, came up with the idea that you could starve tumors by targeting the abnormal blood vessels that feed them. "The goal of an angio-preventive diet is to keep the body's angiogenesis defense system in a healthy state of balance," says Dr. Li.

In his book, Li says some of the most effective foods for enhancing your body's ability to starve cancer and maintain an angiogenesis balance are soy, black raspberries, tomatoes, tea, pomegranate, and even licorice, beer, and cheese. There's mounting evidence for the power of these foods, Li says. "People in Asia who consume lots of soy, vegetables, and tea have a significantly lower risk for developing breast and other cancers."

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