Breast Cancer and Angiogenesis

Common name: Thai chili pepper Photographed at the Civic Center Farmer's Market

Genistein from soy in combination with capsaicin from cayenne pepper, and curcumin from turmeric, decrease inflammation and reduce growth in breast cancer cells. EGCG, an ingredient in green tea (highest in matcha green tea powder), also suppresses breast cancer cell growth by inhibiting angiogenesis.

Angiogenesis refers to the formation of a blood supply that feeds cancerous tumours. In  breast cancer, angiogenesis is initiated at the onset of hyperplasia in the mammary duct, although the greatest increase in angiogenesis occurs with the development of invasion of the cancer into the surrounding tissues.

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